After an excellent performance with the bat in 2017, Kohli won the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for being the World Cricketer of the Year 2017 this week. The Indian captain also took home the trophy for the ODI cricketer of the year, while he was also named the captain of both Test and ODI team of the year.
The qualification period for the ICC awards was from 21st September 2016 to 21st September 2017. In the same period Kohli amassed 2,203 test runs at an average of 77.8 which included 8 centuries and 5 double hundreds. In ODIs, Kohli scored 1,818 ODI runs at an average of 82.63 including seven centuries, and 299 T20I runs at a strike rate of 153.
Following the announcement of the winners, wishes from all corners of the world poured in for Virat Kohli. However, the most special one came from the man who he has idolized since a young age – Sachin Tendulkar. The master blaster took to Twitter to post a congratulatory message for the RCB batsman. “No surprises there at all. You deserved it. Many congratulations, @imVkohli!,” tweeted the former Indian captain.
Kohli became only the 4th Indian to win the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy following Rahul Dravid (2004), Sachin Tendulkar (2010) and R Ashwin (2016). Other winners from the night were Steven Smith, who won the test cricketer of the year award. While Indian spinner Yuzvendra Chahal was awarded the T20 performance of the year award for his 6 wicket haul against England last year.
Following the announcement, Kohli made a small statement through the ICC Twitter handle. The 29-year-old said, “It’s the first time winning the Garfield Sobers Trophy, and it’s a huge honour for me.”
“It’s probably the biggest of all in world cricket and two Indians getting it back-to-back makes it more special.”