Bengaluru: KL Rahul is the 'Cricketer of the Year' in the sixth edition of Wisden India Almanack, which has just been released. The Almanack pays a tribute to India's women cricketers, with a wonderful cover picture of celebration at the World Cup.
Virat Kohli has emerged as the most successful Indian and international cricketer, but this year the focus shifts to matches in England and Australia. Kohli is already the statistician's delight; if he does well abroad, he will become history's darling too, says Suresh Menon in his editor's notes.
Mithali Raj's team changed the language of discourse in Indian cricket. Not surprisingly, therefore, Deepti Sharma, a star at the World Cup is one of the 'Cricketers of the Year' while Shantha Rangaswamy, India's first woman superstar, has been inducted into the Wisden India Hall of Fame alongside Erapalli Prasanna.
Priyank Panchal, Hasan Ali and Tamim Iqbal are the other Cricketers of the Year.
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Manjrekar, a well-known commentator, said he had a chat with the two-time World Cup-winning former captain regarding his future in international cricket during India skipper Virat Kohli's wedding in 2017.
With India scheduled to host the T20 World Cup in 2021 and the 50-over World Cup in 2023, Billings feels his ability to play spin will hold him in good stead.
The 64-year-old Vengsarkar, a batting stalwart and a former Chairman of Selection Committee, had also served as vice-president of MCA. He played 116 Tests between 1976 and 1992.