The ICC have named Virat Kohli as their ICC ODI cricketer of the year for his tremendous performance in 2017. Kohli, who scored six centuries in 2017, averaged an incredible 76.84 last year that pushed his career average to 55.74, which is the highest ever for a player from a full member nation.
Despite Kohli's exploits in the longest format of the game, where he broke Don Bradman’s record by scoring four consecutive double centuries in as many series, he was still at his lethal best in the 50-over format. He started the year with a 122 against England in Pune. The Indian skipper then travelled to England for the Champions Trophy and was dismissed just twice in five innings scoring three unbeaten fifties there.
An unbeaten century against the Windies was followed by two consecutive ones in Sri Lanka before he finished the year off with a couple against New Zealand as well. Despite missing the Sri Lanka series at home, Kohli finished the year with an average of 76.84.
ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year— ICC (@ICC) January 18, 2018
:trophy::flag-in: Virat Kohli@imVkohli scored six tons in the format last year, averaging an astonishing 76.84.
His ODI career average now stands at 55.74, the highest ever by a batsman from a Full Member nation!
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While it was Steve Smith who pipped the Indian skipper to the Test player of the year, Kohli was also picked as the Sir Garfield Sobers Cricketer of the year for his performances in all formats of the game. While he scored 2203 runs in Test cricket at an average of 77.80, he also managed 299 T20I runs at an impressive strike rate of 153.