India skipper Virat Kohli has had 2018 to remember where he lived up to the billing of being the No 1 cricketer in the world in Tests and ODIs. Kohli amassed 1322 runs in 13 Tests at an average of over 55 which keeps him well above his contemporaries from other countries. Kohli also slammed five Test centuries in the year gone by, which is the most by any batsman. Kohli also scored 1202 runs at a staggering average of 133.55 in 14 innings this year – a phenomenal achievement and nothing short of Bradmanesque. His strike rate was above 100, which makes his runs even more special apart from slamming six hundred and three fifties in 2018.
One-Day specialist Rohit Sharma also has an outstanding 2018, where he scored 1030 runs in 19 games at an average of 73.57, which is staggering, he also slammed five centuries in the year.
The Kiwi captain Kane Williamson also had a good year, where he featured in 11 matches and scored 468 runs at an average of 46.80 and strike rate of 75.97.
ICC posed a question for fans on the eve of the awards night and here is how fans reacted:
Meanwhile, with both the teams loaded with limited-overs stars, the upcoming five-match ODI series promises to be the ideal stage for India to prepare well ahead of the ICC World Cup as the conditions will be similar to that the Men in Blue would confront in England, later in the year.