You have made my day, says Garfield Sobers to Virat Kohli after the latter won top three ICC awards
Kohli was in amazing form in 2018 across the formats.
Updated - Jan 23, 2019 9:25 pm
India captain Virat Kohli created history on Tuesday after becoming the first cricketer to grab all of ICC’s three big awards all at once. The 29-year-old won the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for the Cricketer of the Year, the Test and ODI Player of the Year.
He was further also named the captain of the ICC’s Test and ODI teams of the year. Kohli scored 1,322 runs at an average of 55.08 in 13 Tests with five centuries in 2018 while amassing 1202 runs in 14 ODIs at an astonishing average of 133.55 with six centuries. He also scored 211 runs in 10 T20Is.
The news of him receiving all the three trophies made the West Indies legend happy. “You (Virat) have made my day with the great news,” Sobers was quoted as saying in a report in MID-DAY on Wednesday. “Kohli is a great human being, a wonderful person. I met him once in Trinidad. My heartiest congratulations to him,” he said.
Hard work paid off, said Virat
Virat Kohli, on his part, said that the awards reflected on how hard he worked all through the year. He also said that he felt proud of being singled out as the best among the other best in international cricket.
“It’s a reward for all the hard work you do through the calendar year. Having recognition at the global level from the ICC is something you feel proud of as a cricketer because you understand that there are many players playing the game,” Kohli was quoted as saying by the ICC in a release.
Kohli had won the Sir Garfield Trophy and ICC ODI Player of the Year awards last year and was also the ICC ODI Player of the Year in 2012. Among the other major winners were young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, who was named the Emerging Cricketer of the Year. Pant made his Test and ODI debuts in 2018 and put in a number of noteworthy performances, both with the bat and the gloves.