Virat Kohli became the first player in history to win the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year, the ICC Men’s Test Player of the Year and the ICC ODI Player of the Year awards following an extraordinary 2018.
Not only is Kohli the first player to win these three major ICC awards together but he has also been named the captain of the ICC Test and ODI teams of the year for a fabulous run in international cricket.
With the achievements, Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar was all praise for Kohli on receiving his 'hat-trick' of awards.
'Hard work and perseverance always pays off. Congratulations on winning a hat-trick of awards at the #ICCAwards announced today, @imVkohli! Very proud of your achievements.' Tendulkar wrote on his Twitter.
The cricket fraternity lauded the skipper on claiming the prestigious awards.
cheteshwar pujara (@cheteshwar1) January 22, 2019
ICC Cricketer of the year
ICC ODI Cricketer of the year
ICC Test Cricketer of the year
What a 2018 it was for @imVkohli , 2019 promises to be bigger and better !— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) January 22, 2019
Kohli scored 1,322 runs at an average of 55.08 in 13 Tests with five hundreds during the calendar year while in 14 ODIs he amassed 1202 runs at an astonishing average of 133.55 with six centuries. He also scored 211 runs in 10 T20Is.
Kohli was the unanimous choice of the Voting Academy* for the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy with South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada coming in second to him for both this award and the ICC Test Player of the Year award. Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan was runner up to Kohli for the ICC ODI Player of the Year award.
Kohli said: “It feels amazing. It’s a reward for all the hard work that you do throughout the calendar year. I feel really grateful and very, very happy with the team doing well at the same time myself performing. Having recognition at the global level from the ICC is something you feel proud of as a cricketer because you understand that there are many players playing the game.
It is a clean sweep for @imVkohli at the #ICCAwards. Here's the #TeamIndia captain reflecting on an outstanding 2018 and looking forward to an even better 2019 👌 🙌— BCCI (@BCCI) January 22, 2019
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“To be rewarded in this manner from amongst all of them is obviously a very proud moment for me and something that gives you more motivation to keep repeating the same things because you have to keep the standard of cricket up and keep bringing in consistent performances. From that point of view, these awards give you that extra motivation.”
Kohli will currently lead India in a five-match ODIs against New Zealand, with the 1st ODI being held in Napier.