Indian captain Virat Kohli was named the ‘Leading Cricketer in the World’ for the third time in a row in this year’s edition of the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, the publication said on Wednesday. Smriti Mandhana was the Leading Cricketer in the women’s game.
Kohli, Sam Curran, Jos Buttler, Rory Burns and Tammy Beaumont were chosen as the five Cricketers of the Year for their performances in the 2018 English summer.
Kohli, who scored only 134 runs during India’s previous tour of England in 2014, amassed 593 runs in his side’s five-Test series last year at an average of over 59 to book his place on the list.
“In 14 ODI innings, he racked up 1,202 runs and six hundreds – three in a row against West Indies – averaged 133 and had a strike-rate of 102. Forget Bradman: this was Superman.”@imVkohli enjoyed a simply astonishing 2018. https://t.co/QjiwihAria
— Wisden (@WisdenCricket) April 10, 2019
“Despite finishing on the losing side, India captain Virat Kohli shone with the bat, laying to rest his struggles in England in 2014,” Wisden editor Lawrence Booth said.
“His test batting, especially in England, was magnificent, while his 50-over form moved to a new level, if that was possible.”
Kohli, who also won the ICC’s cricketer, Test and one-day international player of the year awards in January, scored 2,735 runs across all three international formats in 2018 at an average of 68.37, which included 11 centuries.
India’s Smriti Mandhana, who scored 1,291 runs in limited overs, was named the Leading Cricketer in the women’s game while Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan was named the Leading Twenty20 Cricketer for the second consecutive year.
“And 2018 was her most prolific year yet. With 1,291 runs across the two limited-over formats, she finished the year as the world’s leading scorer.”@RafNicholson on the extraordinary feats of India’s @mandhana_smriti. https://t.co/WYLU8m6ZLr
— Wisden (@WisdenCricket) April 10, 2019Subscriber Only Stories
The Five Cricketers of the Year are chosen by Lawrence Booth, the editor of the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, with the 2019 version serving as the 156th edition.