It was double delight for India as Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli and women’s cricketer Smriti Mandhana were named the Leading Cricketers in the World in the 2019 edition of the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack published on Tuesday.
Kohli who has 2735 runs to his credit has won the honour for an unprecedented third year in a row. Kohli and Mandhana had won big in the last ICC Awards night too.
Mandhana was adjudged ‘Women’s Cricketer of the Year’ as well as the ‘Women’s ODI Player of the Year’ by the ICC in December, while Kohli won the Cricketer of the Year award with finishing as the top batsman in Tests.
Virat Kohli was picked as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the year, along with England’s Tammy Beaumont, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran and Rory Burns.
The India skipper is only the third cricketer ever to have won the award more than three times after Don Bradman (10 times) and Jack Hobbs (8 times).
Kohli had notched up 593 runs in five Tests at an average of 59.3 during India’s 1-4 loss to England and ended the year with five hundreds to his name.
Mandhana who had 421 runs and an astounding strike rate of 178.68 was rewarded 669 and 662 runs in ODIs and T20s .
The Five Cricketers of the Year are chosen by Lawrence Booth, the editor of the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, with the 2019 version serving as the 156th edition.
Wisden has been listing out Cricketers of the Year since 1889 and it is considered as one of the more prestigious award in the sport.