Virat Kohli named ICC’s cricketer and captain of the year


India’s Virat Kohli hit a windfall at the ICC awards after being named both cricketer and captain of the year. He also regained a trophy he had won for the first time in 2012 as he was named ODI player of the year as well. The corresponding prize for Test cricket went to Australia’s Steven Smith.

“I’m winning the Sir Garfield Sobers trophy and that’s a huge honour for me,” Kohli said. “It’s probably the biggest award that we have in world cricket. Two Indians getting it back to back makes it more special. Last time it was [R] Ashwin, this time I’m getting it.”

Smith spoke in similar glowing terms about his award: “It’s a great honour to win the Test player of the year award. It’s called Test cricket for a reason and I’ very humbled to win that award. I think I scored six hundreds in the year and more importantly it led the team to an Ashes victory which is something very important for me. I love playing Test cricket and its a game that challenges the skills and the mind the most.