Captains of Australia and India honoured by the International Cricket Council in annual awards

Indian cricketer Virat Kohli has won top honours at International Cricket Council in annual awards.

Kohli has been named captain of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test and One-Day International (ODI) teams of the year. Kohli scored 2,023 runs at 77.80, including eight centuries and three half-centuries in 18 matches during the qualification period.

Australia captain Steve Smith has been crowned the International Cricket Council’s Test Player of the Year for a second time, while Indian captain Virat Kohli has been honoured twice in the ICC’s annual awards.

Smith scored more runs and posted more centuries than any Test player in 2017 and his average for the year (76.76) was the highest of any batsman to score more than 500 runs.

Smith has been the world’s number one ranked batsman for almost two years now and is showing no signs of letting up. Commenting on the occasion, Smith said:

“It’s a great honour to win the Test Player of the Year award. It’s called Test cricket for a reason and I’m very humbled to win that award. I’ve had a really good year – I think I’ve scored six hundreds in the year and more importantly led the team to an Ashes victory, which is something that is really important to me. I am incredibly humbled and I love playing Test cricket – it’s the game that challenges your skills and your mind the most.”

Pakistan’s young talented Hasan Ali was named the Emerging Cricketer of the Year after he helped Pakistan win the ICC Champions Trophy in June, while Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan was named Associate Cricketer of the Year.

 

ICC AWARD WINNERS FOR 2017

* Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Year — Virat Kohli (India)

* Test Cricketer of the Year — Steve Smith (Australia)

* ODI Cricketer of the Year — Virat Kohli (India)

* Emerging Cricketer of the Year — Hasan Ali (Pakistan)

* Associate Cricketer of the Year — Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)

* T20I Performance of the Year — Yuzvendra Chahal (6-25 v England) (India)

* David Shepherd Trophy for ICC Umpire of the Year — Marais Erasmus

ICC team of the year

Dean Elgar, David Warner, Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ben Stokes, Quinton de Kock, Ashwin Ravichandran, Mitchell Starc, Kagiso Rabada, James Anderson