“Self-belief and hard-work will always earn you success,” this not just a statement given by a random person. It's by the man who stands by his words and has almost claimed every award a cricketer could get his hands on in international cricket. Yes, it's none other than our very own Virat Kohli.
Arguably the most successful cricketer of his generation, Virat Kohli has achieved yet another milestone as he becomes the first player in the history to win all 3 major ICC awards in a single year.
From bagging the Men's Cricketer of the Year to be named as the Test and ODI Cricketer of the Year, Kohli has won it all at once. And his accolades don't stop there. The Delhi lad has also been appointed as the captain for both ODI and Test Team of the Year.
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We know winning awards for King Kohli must be a regular thing by now, but even he would be elated bagging them all at once.
Following a blistering run in 2018, Kohli amassed a total of 1,322 runs at an average of 55.08 with five centuries in just 13 Tests. On the other hand, his statistics in One-Day Internationals are out of the world. The right-hander has piled up 1,202 runs at an astonishing strike-rate of 133.55 with six hundreds in just 14 ODI games – something that substantiates his credentials as the one of the best in business.
During a pre-match press conference, ahead of the first ODI against New Zealand, Kohli said: “It has been an amazing year. I was able to play in a manner that I would not have imagined. If the intention is right and you keep working hard, the results are there in front of your own eyes”.
“The intent has always to be helping your team at any cost, that is when these performances come by and you are pushing yourself to the limit, which you otherwise will not be able to. That is something I experienced in 2018 a lot,” he added.
Apart from Kohli, his teammates Jasprit Bumrah and Rishabh Pant were also included in the Test Team of the Year, while Kuldeep Yadav and Rohit Sharma made the cut for the ODI Team of the Year.
Congratulations to the ICC Test Team of the Year 2018!
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Keeping at par with the Indians, the ODI squad also features 4 players from England and the Test squad includes 3 from New Zealand.
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