Although, the Indian cricket team began the year with a loss to South Africa. But the International Cricket Council (ICC) Awards became a reason to celebrate with Virat Kohli sweeping the major awards. The Indian Cricket team Captain was awarded the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy Cricketer of the Year. He also got the ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year and named the Skipper of the ICC Test and ODI Teams of the Year.
Last year was phenomenal for Virat Kohli by scoring huge runs with India dominating the game across formats. After receiving the award, the Board of Control for Cricket in India uploaded a video of Kohli thanking the ICC for bestowing these prestigious awards. Kohli said, “It means a lot to me to win the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy, for becoming the ICC Cricketer of the Year 2017, and also the ICC ODI Player of the Year.”
The cricketer who scored 2,203 Test runs said, “I won that award back in 2012 also but this is the first time I’m winning the Sir Garfield Sobers trophy and it’s a huge honor for me. It’s probably the biggest award we have in cricket and two Indians winning it back to back makes it all the more special. Last time it was Ash (Ravichandran Ashwin) and this time it’s me. I’m really, really honored and I want to thank the ICC for recognizing all the hard work we all put in for our respective sides. I want to congratulate all the other winners also for tonight’s occasion.”
Kohli was quoted saying, “So it gives me great pleasure to know that if you work hard on your game you can achieve the same things you have in one particular year. Not to sit back on your achievements and become lazy. I think I’ve worked even harder in 2017. Obviously, when you get older you have to work harder each year. I understand that this has been a good phase for me, but I’ll have to keep working even harder to maintain the same kind of cricket I’ve played in the last two years. But yes, 2017 was indeed a really special year for me.”
The Test Player of the Year was awarded to Australian Captain Steve Smith. The Australian Captain scored 1875 runs in just 16 matches with 8 centuries and 5 half centuries.
Watch Virat Kohli thanking ICC for the awards:
— ICC (@ICC) 18 January 2018