Virat Kohli and the Indian cricket team have been on a roll ever since the beginning of 2019. Having won the Test and ODI series in Australia and the ODI series in New Zealand has not only led to a number of individual awards for the Men in Blue but also gave a confidence boost to the team.
Kohli himself has been on a tear with 2018 being his year without doubt. For his brilliance as the captain of a very capable Indian side and his exceptional skills with the bat, the International Cricket Council (ICC) decided to honour the athlete with three of the most prestigious awards during the ICC Awards last month.
ICC Men's Cricketer of the Year â
ICC Men's Test Cricketer of the Year â
ICC Men's ODI Cricketer of the Year â
Captain of ICC Test Team of the Year â
Captain of ICC Men's ODI Team of the Year â
Let's hear from the man himself, @imvKohli! #ICCAwards ð pic.twitter.com/3M2pxyC44n
Currently ranked number 2 in the ICC Ranking for ODI teams, India consists of some very talented batsmen in Virat Kohli (World Rank 1), Rohit Sharma (World Rank 2) and Shikhar Dhawan (World Rank 10) and bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah (World Rank 1), Kuldeep Yadav (World Rank 4) and Yuzvendra Chahal (World Rank 5) who have helped immensely in restricting the opponents to lower totals.
There is no doubting that the Indian cricket team is one of the greatest sides in today's era and is considered to be one of the favourites for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019.
However, there is another team that has been having one of the most iconic runs in the modern age. The England cricket team has literally been on top of their game throughout 2018. Ranked number 1 on ICC ODI team rankings, Eoin Morgan's team might as well be the greatest team England has ever cheered for.
While hitter Joe Root (World Rank 4) and one of the finest English all-rounders in Moeen Ali (World Rank 5) have contributed heavily towards keeping their side on top, players like Adil Rashid (World Rank 8) and Chris Woakes (World Rank 12) have been a terror for the rival batsmen.
In the latest display of their brilliance, during the first of five ODI games to take place against the Windies, England chased down a massive score of 360 runs with extremely ease nullifying Chris Gayle's heroic comeback innings in which he scored his 24th ODI century while hitting 12 long sixes.
What an incredible victory for England!
They've chased down 361 – it's England's highest successful run-chase in ODI cricket! Jason Roy and Joe Root have led the way with centuries to help England go 1-0 up in the series. #WIvENG | SCORECARD â¬ï¸
Opener Jason Roy and middle-order powerhouse Joe Root, both scored centuries at supernatural strike rates while skipper Eoin Morgan also contributed to the win with 65 runs. Winning with an over and a half and 6 wickets in hand, England get the world know that they are already world cup-ready.
While teams like New Zealand and South Africa along with a replenished Australian side (with in return of Steve Smith and David Warner) will make for some tough competition, it will be Morgan's men who will surely pose the greatest threat to Virat Kohli's dream of lifting the world cup as the captain of the Indian cricket team.