Cricket: Ben Stoke is the best player of the year
The International Cricket Council has named its winners of the year. And anyone who knows anything about cricket understands that these awards are what Oscars are for the entertainment industry.
The prestigious award Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for World Player of the Year has gone to England’s Ben Stokes.
India too has its shining star in Rohit Sharma who was bestowed with ODI Cricketer of the Year award while Pat Cummins won the same title for Test matches.
Pacer Deepak Chahar was adjudged T20I performer of the year for his match-winning 6/7 against Bangladesh in November 2019.
But let’s not forget our Team captain Virat Kohli. Kohli’s gesture for Steve Smith during World Cup 2019 was awarded the Spirit of Cricket Award. And this is not all. He was named as the captain of both the ICC Test and ODI teams.
These teams actually don’t play, but the names of the best players from around the world are mentioned in the lists.
It’s the 3rd successive year in succession that Kohli has been named captain of both the ICC teams of the year starting 2017.
Also, Kohli is the only other cricketer apart from Stokes and Mitchell Starc who have been selected in both the teams.
Here is what the lineups look like:
ICC ODI Team of the Year 2019: Rohit Sharma, Shai Hope, Virat Kohli (c), Babar Azam, Kane Williamson, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Mitchell Starc, Trent Boult, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav
ICC Test Team of the Year 2019: Mayank Agarwal, Tom Latham, Marnus Labuschagne, Virat Kohli (c), Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, BJ Watling (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Neil Wagner, Nathan Lyon