New Delhi, April 6: Indian captain Virat Kohli also known as “Run-Machine” was named Wisden’s “Leading Cricketer in the World” for 2016. Kohli had scored a total of 1,215 Test runs at an average of 75.93 last year. Ten ODI appearances got him 739 runs at 92.37, while he scored 641 T20 International runs at 106.83.
Notably, Wisden on Wednesday announced, “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 editor Lawrence Booth said that Kohli had “the year of his dreams averaging more with the bat in each of the three formats than anyone: 75 in Tests, 92 in one-day internationals and 106 in Twenty20 internationals".
Under Kohli’s stewardship, India completed a clean sweep against New Zealand in the Test series, wins against England in all three formats. Kohli’s knock of 235 in the fourth Test against England in Mumbai was singled out by Booth, who called Kohli "the spiritual successor to Sachin Tendulkar".
Only six batsmen have ever scored more international runs in a calendar year than Kohli but none of them have come close to the Indian captain's average. Interestingly, Kohli is only the third Indian to be bestowed with the honor behind Virender Sehwag, who won it in 2008 and 2009 and Tendulkar himself, who won it in 2010.
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.