The top International Cricket Council Award for 2014-2015 is claimed by Australian captain Steven Smith. The player is titled with Cricketer of the year along with Test Cricketer of the Year. Smith was successful to be consistent with his high ODI ranking. Thrilled to receive the awards, the skipper expressed his gratitude, claiming success of his team to be the top motivation. He says that he is proud to be honored with the award as they are “very special.” For the batsman, the year 2015 ended with mixed feelings. The ICC World Cup and his appointment as the captain were two bright highlights of the year, according the player.
Cricketers like Rahul Dravid, Jacques Kallis, Ricky Ponting, Kumar Sangakkara, Michael Clarke and Mitchell Johnson were the former stars who bagged both the titles on the same year. Smith joined the bandwagon as the seventh player to achieve the honor. The consistent ODI ranking of the cricketer was a strong parameter for the award. Smith was the top run scorer in test match for the year with 1734 runs at an average of 82.57. His ODI run rate was 59.47 with 1249 runs. Smith also won Sir Garfeild Sobers Trophy for Cricketer of the Year.
The other winners are AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis and Josh Hazlewood. Villiers won the title of ODI Cricketer of the Year, this is his second consecutive win for the title. Plessis won the T20 Performance of the year and Hazlewood was named the Emerging Cricketer of the Year. Plessis' high rated performance striking 119 runs out of 56 balls against West Indies in January paved his way to the title. De Villiers scored 1265 runs in ODI matches during the voting period of September 18, 2014 to September 13, 2015. His average run rate was 79.06, maintaining a dashing strike rate of 128.42. Hazelwood, who won the title of emerging player took 40 test wickets during the evaluation period.
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