The 2017 edition of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack published last week brought another accolade for India captain Virat Kohli. The captain was honored as the leading Cricketer in the World in the year. Per Lawrence Booth, the editor, Kohli had “the year of his dream averaging more with the bat in each of the three formats than anyone: 75 in Test, 92 ODI and 106 in T20.” In 2016-17 session, team India sweep trophies in all formats of cricket against England. It was Kohli’s leadership that enabled the team to reach the feat. The editor termed him the “Spiritual Successor” to Sachin Tendulkar.
The award is being rolled out since 2003 covering all formats of international cricket. Kohli is the third Indian to win the award after Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar. Sehwag won it twice in 2008 and 2009, followed by Tendulkar in 2010. Other awardees this season, 2017, are Ellyse Perry, Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq, Chris Woakes, Toby Roland-Jones and Ben Duckett.
Ellyse Perry was awarded the Women Cricketer of the Year. Khan and Misbah was among the prestigious Five Cricketers of the Year. Woakes was awarded as the Breakthrough Cricketer of the Year 2016. This award is conferred to a player only once in a life time and is being awarded since 1889. It is the oldest Wisden award. Toby Roland-Jones and Ben Duckett also made to the list.
The write up also admitted the slog of England in the game. Especially the test cricket was deemed as ‘stagnated.’ The tour of India and Bangladesh was crucial for the team, but instead of salvaging the record, the tournaments thumped down the team further. In fact, it was a criticism of England’s test captain Alastair Cook. Another topic that came up was the new resolution of ICC. Per Booth, the “world ganged up on India” at the Dubai meet of ICC.
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