KL Rahul named Wisden India Almanack’s Cricketer of the Year

The magazine has a beautiful cover picture of the Indian Women's cricket team.

KL Rahul
KL Rahul. (Photo Source: Twitter)

KL Rahul is named the ‘Cricketer of the Year’ by Wisden India Almanack. Rahul has been one of the top performers for the Indian team over the last one year or so. The sixth edition of the Wisden India Almanac also paid a great tribute the Indian women cricketers. A wonderful cover picture of the women’s team celebrating at the World Cup was put up which is a great gesture.

Furthermore, Virat Kohli was named the most successful Indian and International cricketer of the year. However, the biggest challenge for Kohli lies in the latter part of the year according to the magazine. The Indian team will be touring England and Australia this year. It will be important for Kohli to fare well in these tours to stand out from the other players.


“Kohli is already the statistician’s delight; if he does well abroad, he will become history’s darling too,” wrote Suresh Menon in his editor’s notes.

The Indian Women’s Team honored by Wisden India

Mithali Raj’s team changed the language of discourse in Indian cricket. The team was honored by the magazine and there was a lot spoken about this Indian Women’s team. Further, Indian woman cricketer Deepti Sharma was one of the ‘Cricketers of the Year’. Deepti Sharma was one of the top performers for the team at the World Cup in 2017.

Shantha Rangaswamy, India’s first woman superstar, has been inducted into the Wisden India Hall of Fame alongside Erapalli Prasanna. Shantha was the first lady to captain the Indian women’s team.

Priyank Panchal, Hasan Ali and Tamim Iqbal are the other Cricketers of the Year. Also, essays by Ian Chappell, Shehan Karunatilaka, Simon Barnes, Sharda Ugra, Samanth Subramanian, Bhagwat Chandrasekhar, Partha Chatterjee maintain the high standards set by previous editions.

With over 900 pages of essays, commentary, statistics, portraits, and images, Wisden India Almanack is a joyful ride through the entire last season. The magazine also provides insights into the future challenges that are to come.