Broadcasts of last year's women's World Cup were watched by a record-breaking 182m viewers with Knight's England beating a Mithali Raj-led India by nine runs in the July 23 final at Lord's to claim a fourth title. West Indies batsman Shai Hope, who scored a hundred in each innings of a Headingley Test match in August, and Essex seamer Jamie Porter, who helped the side win a first Country Championship since 1992, completed the quintet. India captain Virat Kohli was named the "Leading Cricketer in the World" for a second successive year, while Raj won the same honour in the women's category.
Congratulations to @Heatherknight55, @natsciver and @Anya_shrubsole for making the @WisdenAlmanack top 5 cricketers of the year and to Anya for making the cover of the Almanack, proving once again that cricket has #NoBoundaries pic.twitter.com/naeIwW70Gs— NatWest Cricket (@NatWest_Cricket) April 11, 2018
Teenage Afghan spinner Rashid Khan bagged the inaugural "Leading T20 Player of the Year" honour. Recipients of the "Five Cricketers of the Year" award are generally only nominated once for the honour in their career.