The man of the moment Virat Kohli on
Tuesday became the first cricketer to make a clean dominance at the ICC’s
annual individual awards and was also named captain of test and ODIs teams of
the year. He became the first player in history to win the Sir Garfield Sobers
Trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year—his second consecutive, the ICC Test and
the ODI Player of the Year awards following an extraordinary 2018. Likewise,
the rapidly emerging wicket-keeper of India Rishabh Pant was also awarded the
ICC’s Emerging Cricketer of the year.
The ICC released a statement, “Not only
Virat the first player to win these three major ICC award but he has also been
named the captain of the ICC test and ODI team of the year for a fabulous run
in the International cricket.
Kohli was quoted as saying by the world
body in a release, “It’s a reward for all the hard work that you do throughout
the year. Having recognition at the global level from the ICC is something you
feel proud off as a cricketer because you understand that there are many
players playing the game and obviously it’s a very proud moment for me which
gives me motivation to improve my performance standard and to consistently give
my level best in all the matches”.
Other awards include, the Indian under-19 team’s
World Cup triumph in New Zealand was declared as the Fans Moment of the Year
with 48 per cent votes. Sri Lanka’s Kumar Dharmasena was voted Umpire of the
Year by international captains and ICCs match referees, thereby winning the
David Shepherd Trophy for a second time.