Virat Kohli named 'Leading Cricketer in the World' by Wisden; Misbah-ul-Haq, Younis Khan among awardees

Indian captain Virat Kohli was on Wednesday named Wisden's 'Leading Cricketer in the World' for 2016, adding another feather to his cap, which is fast running out of space for new ones.

PTI, Apr, 05 2017

New Delhi: Indian captain Virat Kohli was on Wednesday named Wisden's 'Leading Cricketer in the World' for 2016, adding another feather to his cap, which is fast running out of space for new ones.

Kohli amassed 1,215 Test runs at a stupendous average of 75.93 in 2016. The 10 ODIs that he played in that period fetched him 739 runs at 92.37, while he scored 641 T20 International runs at 106.83.

Only six batsmen have ever scored more international runs in a calendar year than Kohli but none of them have come close to the Indian captain's average.

Virat Kohli amassed 1,215 runs in 2016 at a stupendous average of 92. AP

Virat Kohli amassed 1,215 runs in 2016 at a stupendous average of 75.93. AP

"Virat Kohli, who features on the cover of the 2017 edition of the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, is also the Leading Cricketer in the World for 2016, an accolade put in place in 2003 when Ricky Ponting became the first honouree," Wisden announced.

Owing to his phenomenal run with the bat, Kohli had won the prestigious 'Polly Umrigar award' presented to the 'International Cricketer of the Year' at the BCCI Annual Awards.

Kohli was also declared Wisden India Almanack's 'Cricketer of the Year' for a second time in its 2017 edition.

Two Pakistani cricketers -- Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan -- have been named in the list of the five 'Cricketers of the Year' for the first time since 1997.

With Misbah and Younis making the list, the total number of Pakistanis to have been chosen Cricketers of the Year went up to 14, one less than India's tally of 15.

Wisden Cricketers' Almanack honours:

Leading Cricketer in the World: Virat Kohli

Leading Woman Cricketer in the World: Ellyse Perry

Five Cricketers of the Year: Misbah-ul-Haq, Younis Khan, Ben Duckett, Toby Roland-Jones, Chris Woakes.

Published Date: Apr 05, 2017 | Updated Date: Apr 05, 2017



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4497 105
4 New Zealand 3114 97
5 Australia 3294 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 5266 117
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115