"It's the first time winning the Garfield Sobers Trophy, and it's a huge honour for me," Kohli said in a statement. "It's probably the biggest of all in world cricket and two Indians getting it back-to-back makes it more special." Kohli was also crowned the world's best one-day batsman, winning that title for the second time since 2012.
ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year— ICC (@ICC) January 18, 2018
??? Virat Kohli@imVkohli scored six tons in the format last year, averaging an astonishing 76.84.
His ODI career average now stands at 55.74, the highest ever by a batsman from a Full Member nation!
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During the voting period from 21 September 2016 to end-2017, Kohli scored 2,203 Test runs at an average of 77.80 including eight centuries. He accumulated 1,818 runs in the one-day format including seven centuries. The 29-year-old was also bestowed a rare honour -- selected to captain the ICC's Test and ODI sides, a team in name only that comprises the best players from around the globe.
BREAKING: On the day he was named ICC Cricketer of the Year, @imVkohli has become the second India batsman after Sunil Gavaskar to reach 900 points in the @MRFWorldwide ICC Test Batting Rankings!— ICC (@ICC) January 18, 2018
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The Australians have taken home the award in four of the last five years, with Mitchell Johnson winning in 2014 and Michael Clarke in 2013. Indian leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal won international Twenty20 performance of the year for his incredible haul of 6-25 against England at Bangalore last February. Pakistan paceman Hasan Ali was named emerging player of the year, while Afghanistan's spin sensation Rashid Khan took home the associate cricketer of the year trophy. The 19-year-old Khan made his international presence felt after bagging a lucrative Indian Premier League contract last year along with teammate Mohammad Nabi.
ICC Men's ODI Team of the Year— ICC (@ICC) January 18, 2018
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ICC Men's Test Team of the Year— ICC (@ICC) January 18, 2018
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