India captain Virat Kohli has won the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for the ICC Cricketer of the Year 2017, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Thursday.
Kohli also took the ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year award, while his Australian counterpart Steve Smith was declared the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year.
Pakistan’s Hasan Ali was named ICC’s Emerging Cricketer of the Year, Afghanistan wrist-spinner Rashid Khan was adjudged ICC Associate Cricketer of the Year, while India’s Yuzvendra Chahal claimed the ICC T20I Performance of the Year for his six for 25 against England in Bengaluru on 1 February 2017.
Kohli, who is the 13th player to win the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy since 2004, was in blistering form during the voting period (21 September 2016 - 31 December 2017) when he scored 2,023 runs in 18 Tests with eight centuries and three half-centuries. He scored 1,818 runs in 31 ODIs with seven centuries and nine half-centuries and 299 runs at a strike-rate of 152.55 in 10 T20Is.
Kohli also won his second ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year award since 2012, making him the first cricketer to win the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy and the ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year award in the same year. He beat Pakistan’s Hasan Ali and India teammate Rohit Sharma, who finished second and third, respectively, for this trophy.
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