Virat Kohli would be gutted with India’s series loss in South Africa, having been in the game for all 4 days, but ultimately succumbing to a loss due to the ineptitude of the Indian batsmen.
Kohli would be hoping to shed the agony of the series defeat quick enough, and the ICC is playing a huge part in helping Kohli do that.
The ICC today announced it’s awards for the year 2017, and Kohli featured in the biggest way possible, winning the ICC ODI Player of the Year, winning the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for being the ICC Cricketer of the year and being give the honour of captaining ICC’S ODI and Test teams of the year.
His gritty knock of 153 in the 2nd Test against South Africa has now helped him breach the 900 point barrier in the ICC Test Rankings, becoming only the second Indian to do so after Sunil Gavaskar.
Kohli became the 31st batsman to go past that 900 point mark. Steve Smith, who is currently ranked number one has 947 ranking points to his name.
In the bowler’s ranking, Kagiso Rabada slipped to the second spot, despite an impressive performance in the 2nd Test against India, with James Anderson occupying the top spot yet again.
Virat Kohli would be hoping that all these personal accolades can help bring some positivity in the Indian camp, after the 2-0 drubbing that the side has received in South Africa.
With the Wandrers Test set to begin in a week’s time, Virat Kohli and co. would be going back to the drawing board, in order to get their team combination right and to help instil that relentlessness back into the Indian players, in order to avoid a whitewash in at the bull ring.