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Big ICC honour for Quinton de Kock

Big ICC honour for Quinton de Kock

Big ICC honour for Quinton de Kock

Indian leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal won global Twenty20 performance of the year for his incredible haul of 6-25 against England at Bangalore last February.

But the biggest victor of the awards was India captain Virat Kohli, who walked away with twin awards: ODI Cricketer of the Year and the Cricketer of the Year - the former being the second such win of his glittering career.

"Congratulations to Virat Kohli on becoming the ODI cricketer of the year and the ICC cricketer of the year. It's called test cricket for a reason and I'm very humbled to win that award", Smith said.

The award, which was decided for performance based on the period between September 21, 2016 to December 31, 2017, the Indian skipper scored 2,203 Test runs at an average of 77.80.

Reflecting on the same, Kohli said, "It means a lot to me to win the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year and ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year".

Kohli also won his second ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year award after having won the same award in 2012, making him the first cricketer to win the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy and the ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year award in the same year.

"Two Indians winning it back-to-back makes it really special".

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Batting great Sachin Tendulkar on Thursday heaped praise on India captain Virat Kohli for bagging most of the major honours at the ICC Annual Awards. Off-spinner R Ashwin had claimed the honour previous year.

Mitchell Starc was named alongside Steve Smith and David Warner in the Test team of the year.

Afghanistan's Rashid Khan was adjudged ICC Associate Cricketer of the Year after taking 60 wickets in 2017 - a record for an associate player in a calendar year. In ODIs, he scored 1,818 runs including seven centuries at an average of 82.63.

'I'm really honoured and I want to thank the ICC for recognising all the hard work we put in for our respective sides.

South Africa also have two players in the team in Quinton de Kock and AB de Villiers, who is featuring in the ODI Team of the Year for the 7th time in 8 years.

However, the ODI consistency has vowed to recover soon and join the team after the third edition of the Pakistan Super League. Pakistan were one of the biggest stories in the year gone by as they won the Champions Trophy despite entering as the tournament as the eighth-ranked team in the world.

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