Indian captain Virat Kohli shared his joy at winning the ICC Cricketer of the Year award and bagging home with him the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers trophy. Kohli claimed that winning the trophy was even special as it was another Indian player (Ravi Ashwin) who had won the award last year.
This is Kohli’s first Cricket of the Year award, previously he had won the ICC ODI Player of the Year award back in 2012. While handing out his thank you note, Kohli was thrilled and honored to have received Sir Garfield Sobers trophy and claimed that he is truly humbled by this achievement.
Kohli said: “It means a lot to win to win the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for becoming the ICC Cricketer of the Year 2017 and also the ICC ODI Player of the Year,” the Delhi batsman told ICC’s website.
“I won that back in 2012 also but 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.
“Last time it was Ash (Ravichandran Ashwin) and this time I’m getting it, so I’m really really honoured and I’d like to thank the ICC for recognising all the hard work that we all put in for our respective sides and I want to congratulate all the other winners also,” he added.”
The annual ICC awards were given for the cricket played between September 21, 2016 to December 31, 2017, where Kohli was just on another level altogether. Kohli amassed 2203 Test match runs, 1818 ODI runs with 15 International centuries to his name.
Not only as a batsman, 2017 was a special year for Kohli as a captain as well where he guided Team India to 9 consecutive test series wins and helped them establish their status as the number 1 test team in the world.
Kohli may have seen his team go 2-0 down in the ongoing test series vs South Africa but his own form looked in fine touch after a superb innings of 156 in the 1st innings of the 2nd test match at Centurion. Kohli would hope for a swift comeback from his team in the 3rd test and the upcoming 6-match ODI series vs South Africa.