The ICC may have left Virat Kohli from its list of best players of 2016, but the Mecca of Cricket - Lord's Cricket Ground – have placed him in the No.1 spot in their list. Three other Indians including R Ashwin, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Ajinkya Rahane have also found themselves into the list.
Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli took the No. 1 spot on the back of an astounding run in 2016 across all three formats of the game – he took India almost singlehandedly to the T20 semifinal and made amends in the Test format also for his comparatively poor record until this year.
Kohli also capped the year off with the Player of the Series award in the Test series against England.
Englishman Jonny Bairstow took the second spot for his all-round performances whenever called into action during they year. Although Joe Root has managed to garner more attention, Bairstow has been the bedrock of this English side that looked formidable until they stepped foot on the subcontinent.
Ravichandran Ashwin made it two Indians in the top-three with his consistency over the year. Like he said earlier in the year, the No.1 Test bowler is “like wine” and only seems to be getting better month after month.
While Steve Smith and Joe Root have made it into the list, the one surprise exclusion is Kiwi skipper Kane Willaimson.
1. Virat Kohli
2. Jonny Bairstow
3. Ravichandran Ashwin
5. Chris Woakes
6. Kagiso Rabada
7. Joe Root
10. Ben Stokes
12. David Warner
13. Ajinkya Rahane
14. Steve Smith
15. Yasir Shah
16. Marlon Samuels
17. Kusal Mendis
18. Cheteshwar Pujara
19. Imran Tahir
20. Shakib Al Hasan.
India or West Indies? Who will win?
WI hold a 60-53 H2H advantage over IND historically but in last 10 completed games between them , IND have won 7. IND has also won all last 5 games at this venue.