India may have lost the Freedom series against South Africa, but Indian cricketer and captain Virat Kohli continues to shine. Kohli, on Thursday, was named as the ICC Cricketer of the Year 2017 and awarded the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy by the International Cricket Council (ICC). He was also named as the ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year 2017 for the second time after he was given the same honour in 2012. Kohli was also declared as the captain of both ICC test and ODI teams. Australian Cricketer Steve Smith too bagged the top honour as the cricketer was declared as ICC Test Cricketer of the Year 2017 for the second time.
Here’s a look at Kohli and Smith’s statistics:
– Steve Smith had a fantastic 2017 as the Australian scored six centuries in 11 tests and his average has been a staggering 76.76. He also registered his career best score of 239 runs against England at Perth in the Ashes series, which Australia won 4-0.
– Kohli, like Smith, has had a great year as well in test cricket. He slammed five centuries (three double centuries) in 10 matches with his batting average standing at 75.6. In ODI’s Kohli’s average was 76.8 in 26 matches.
Some others awards by ICC for the year 2017 are:
ICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year: Hasan Ali
– Pakistan’s Hasan Ali put up a brilliant performance at the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 as the bowler took 13 wickets and steamrolled Team Pakistan in the finals of the tournament.
ICC Associate Cricketer of the Year: Rashid Khan
- Afghanistan’s leg spinner Rashid Khan impressed the world in 2017 as the bowler took 43 ODI wickets in 16 matches and 17 wickets in 10 T20s at an economy rate of just 9.41.
ICC T20I Performance of the Year: Yuzvendra Chahal
– In 2017, Indian bowler Yuzvendra Chahal stunned England in a T20 match at Bengaluru, as he took six wickets conceding just 25 runs.
David Shepherd Trophy for ICC Umpire of the Year: Marais Erasmus
– Former South African first-class cricketer and ICC umpire Marais Erasmus was declared as the ICC Umpire of the Year and the winner of the David Shepherd Trophy named after one of cricket’s most well-known umpires.