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A Clean Sweep: Virat Kohli becomes first man to take all top honours at ICC Awards

Virat Kohli, the skipper who leads Men in Blue from the front has swept the ICC Awards that were declared on Tuesday.

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A Clean Sweep: Virat Kohli becomes first man to take all top honours at ICC Awards
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Virat Kohli, the skipper who leads Men in Blue from the front has swept the ICC Awards that were declared on Tuesday.

Kohli bagged Men’s Test Cricketer of the Year, Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Year and also won the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Year. The cherry on top is Kohli named as captain of the ICC Test and ODI XI for the year 2018. This makes Kohli the first man to win all these awards in one go!

"It feels amazing. It’s a reward for all the hard work that you do throughout the calendar year. I feel really grateful and very, very happy with the team doing well at the same time myself performing. Having recognition at the global level from the ICC is something you feel proud of as a cricketer because you understand that there are many players playing the game,” Kohli said.

"To be rewarded in this manner from amongst all of them is obviously a very proud moment for me and something that gives you more motivation to keep repeating the same things because you have to keep the standard of cricket up and keep bringing in consistent performances. From that point of view, these awards give you that extra motivation,” he continued.

"This is well-deserved recognition for extraordinary talent. His regard for the game and particularly for Test cricket is also recognized and appreciated. He is passionate in his support of the longest form of the game and its continued importance. To be recognized as a true cricketing great you need to be successful at all formats of the game and Virat has become a great ambassador for our sport,” praised ICC Chief Executive David Richardson.

In the last year, Kohli scored 2,735 runs with an average of 68.37 in 47 innings. This mountain of runs includes 11 centuries and nine fifties.

Kohli is not the only Indian to feature in the ICC Awards recipient's list. Rishabh Pant, who was the talk of the town during Team India's Australia tour, has been named the Emerging Player of the Year. 

The moment India's U-19 lifted the junior world cup in New Zealand last year has been voted as the ICC Fan's Moment of the Year.

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