Team India cricket captain Virat Kohli didn’t have much to boast about from his recent IPL 2018 campaign, but owing to his mastery of craft throughout the year, the 29-year-old was named as the International Cricketer of the Year at the CEAT Cricket Ratings awards, which were presented in Mumbai on Monday (May 28).
The Delhi-born cricketer had a memorable last season with the bat, and was considered to be the top contender for the award. However, as Virat Kohli was not present at the ceremony, his award was collected by Rohit Sharma on behalf of the skipper. And while Kohli won the International Cricketer of the Year, there were several other top cricketers to have bagged honours.
Other awardees included Shikhar Dhawan, Rashid Khan, Harmanpreet Kaur, etc.
Indian cricketer and a hard hitter Shikhar Dhawan was named the International Batsman of the Year, while New Zealand pacer Trent Boult was named the International Bowler of the Year Award.
Afghanistan’s leg spinner and one of the best mystery-spinners in the world, Rashid Khan, who floored everyone with his skills in the recently concluded 2018 Indian Premier League grabbing 21 wickets, was presented with the T20 Bowler of the Year Award.
New Zealand swashbuckling opening batsman Colin Munro was awarded with the T20 Batsman of the Year Award.
India Woman cricketer and a class all-rounder, Harmanpreet Kaur, who single-handedly took the Women in Blue to the final of the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup with her breathtaking knock of 171 not out against Australia in the semi-final, won the Outstanding Innings of the Year Award.
Mayank Agarwal, who had featured in a dream domestic cricket season with the bat for his state side Karnataka, was given the Domestic Player of the Year Award. Mayank Agarwal had been so consistent with his batting performances in the 2017 season, that he was the only one to have scored more than 2,000 runs in a single domestic cricket season.
While Mayank Agarwal received the award from the former cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar, India U19 batsman Shubman Gill, who had made his mark in the U19 World Cup in Australia, following course in IPL 2018 for the Kolkata Knight Riders, was named the U19 Player of the Year.
Former Australian all-rounder and Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody praised Shubman Gill and said that the 18-year-old understood the game and had game awareness.
West Indies legendary batsman Chris Gayle was presented with the Popular Choice Award.
Former Indian wicket-keeper suggests Rashid Khan to be Afghanistan PM
Former Indian cricket team wicket-keeper Farokh Engineer won the Lifetime Achievement Award. Sunil Gavaskar, one of the greatest cricketers to have graced the Indian team with his presence, praised Farokh Engineer saying he was an outstanding wicket-keeper and a dynamic opening batsman.
Farokh Engineer, on the other hand, hailed Afghanistan spinner and award winner Rashid Khan, saying that the 19-year-old was a great ambassador for his country, apart from being a rarity in the sport. As reported by the Deccan Chronicle, Farokh said,
“I love his attitude towards the game. He is always smiling and looks to be enjoying. Sorry you didn’t enjoy much yesterday. But keep up that spirit. You’re a great ambassador for your country. I think you should be the Prime Minister of Afghanistan.”