India captain Virat Kohli has been named Wisden’s Leading Cricketer in the World for 2016 today. With this year’s award, Kohli has now won the award for two consecutive years.
Kohli amassed 1215 Test runs at an average of 75.93 last year while in ODIs, he scored 739 runs at 92.37. Meanwhile, in Twenty 20 Internationals (T20I) he scored 641 runs at 106.83.
Before Kohli, only six batsmen have ever scored more international runs in a calendar year but none of them came close to Kohli’s batting average. Also read: IPL 2017: Virat Kohli gets Twitter emoji for IPL 10
“Virat Kohli, who features on the cover of the 2017 edition of the Wisden Cricketers Almanack, is also the Leading Cricketer in the World for 2016, an accolade put in place in 2003 when Ricky Ponting became the first honouree,” Wisden announced.
In last year’s Indian Premier League, Kohli has scored 973 runs in 16 matches at an average of 81.08. Due to his phenomenal run with the bat, BCCI conferred Kohli with the ‘Polly Umrigar award’. Also read: Indian Premier League: A look back on its epic journey ahead of IPL 2017
Two Pakistani cricketers-Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan- are in the list of five Cricketers who won the award for the first time since 1997.
With Misbah and Younis making the list, the total number of Pakistanis to have been chosen Cricketers of the Year went up to 14, one less than India’s tally of 15.
Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack honours:
Leading Cricketer in the World: Virat Kohli
Leading Woman Cricketer in the World: Ellyse Perry
Five Cricketers of the Year: Misbah-ul- Haq, Younis Khan, Ben Duckett, Toby Roland-Jones, Chris Woakes.
(With PTI inputs)