Indian captain Virat Kohli has swept the ICC’s cricket awards becoming the first player to win the cricketer, test and one-day international player of the year awards.
New Zealanders were also honoured with Black Caps captain Kane Williamson being awarded the ICC Spirit of Cricket Award, while Williamson, Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls were named in the ICC Test Team of 2018 and Ross Taylor was named in the ICC ODI Team of 2018.
Kohli, the top scorer in both tests and one-dayers in 2018, was also named captain of the ICC test and ODI teams of the year.
The 30-year-old top-order batsman scored 1322 runs in 13 tests at an average of 55.08, and scored 1202 runs in 14 ODIs at an average of 133.55, notching up 11 centuries across the formats.
“It feels amazing. It’s a reward for all the hard work that you do throughout the calendar year,” Kohli said in a statement.
“To be rewarded in this manner … is 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.”
Kohli, who won cricketer and ODI player of the year in 2017, was the unanimous choice for the former award in 2018, with South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada finishing runner-up, the ICC said.
Rabada also finished second in the test player category, while Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan was runner-up to Kohli for the ODI award.