New Delhi, December 22: India’s star off spinner R Ashwin on Thursday won the Sir Garfield Sobers trophy and also named as the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year 2016 by the International Cricket Council. Like to tell you that, R Ashwin is now the third Indian cricketer to win the Sir Garfield Sobers trophy after Rahul Dravid (2004) and Sachin Tendulkar (2010).
Notably, Ashwin picked up 48 wickets in eight Tests this year at a stunning average of 15.39 and also contributed with the bat by scoring 336 runs, averaging 42 during the voting period from September 14, 2015 to September 20, 2016. India blanked South Africa 3-0 at home to regain the No.1 Test spot in January and beat West Indies 2-0 away in this period.
The right-arm off-spinner became second fastest to take 24 five wicket hauls while he took his seventh ten-wicket haul against England in the fourth Test match in Mumbai. Ashwin currently occupies the top spot in the list of ICC Test bowlers, followed by Ravindra Jadeja, who is in second place.
Even though he played only three One-Day Internationals in this period, the 30-year-old made his presence felt in Twenty20 Internationals, where he picked up 27 wickets at an average of 15.62 and a remarkable economy of 6.29 as India beat Australia 3-0 away, won the Asia Cup and reached the semifinal of the World Twenty20 at home.
“It’s an absolute pleasure to be awarded this honour. There are a lot of people to be thanked for this wonderful achievement that I have made. It has been a great couple of years but this year has been even more special.” said Ashwin while dedicating his achievement to his family.
Meanwhile, India's limited-overs vice-captain Virat Kohli has been named as the captain of the ODI side.