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Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli scripted history on Tuesday as he became the first cricketer in the world to be named as the ICC Test, ODI and overall Player of the Year. Beside this the 30-year-old was named as the captain of both the ICC Test and ODI Teams of the Year.
According to media reports, an ICC statement revealed that pacer Jasprit Bumrah is the other Indian to make it to both the sides while stumper Rishabh Pant is the third Indian to find a place in the Test Team of the Year.
ICC Men's Cricketer of the Year ✅— ICC (@ICC) January 22, 2019
ICC Men's Test Cricketer of the Year ✅
ICC Men's ODI Cricketer of the Year ✅
Captain of ICC Test Team of the Year ✅
Captain of ICC Men's ODI Team of the Year ✅
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Besides Kohli and Bumrah, opener Rohit Sharma and chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav are the other Indians to be named in the ICC ODI Team of the Year.
The awards, which honour performances during a calendar year, saw Kohli walk into both sides which were selected by the ICC Voting Academy comprising former players, members of the media and broadcasters.
Kohli scored 1,322 runs at an average of 55.08 with five centuries in 13 Tests and 1,202 runs at an astounding average of 133.55 with six hundreds in 14 ODIs saw him selected to both sides by every voting member of the Academy with the majority of them also opting to name him at the helm of each.
Kohli also ended 2018 as the top-ranked Test and ODI batsman in the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings while his side finished the year as the top-ranked side in Tests and number two behind England in ODIs.
Speaking to media Virat Kohli said, "It has been an amazing year. I was able to play in a manner that I would not have imagined. If the intention is right and you keep working hard, the results are there in front of your own eyes."
"The intent has always been to help your team at any cost, that is when these performances come by and you are pushing yourself to the limit, which you otherwise will not be able to. That is something I experienced in 2018 a lot," he added.
Meanwhile, besides the three Indians - Kohli, Bumrah and Pant - New Zealand also has three players in the Test squad - captain Kane Williamson, Henry Nicholls and opener Tom Latham.