Virat Kohli fails to make it to ICC Test team of 2016
Lucknow: Virat Kohli, arguably the best batsman of the current cricketing era, was not included in the ICC Test team of 2016. The only Indian to make it to the list is R Ashwin.
The development came as a shock to every Cricket fan as the Indian 'run-machine' has been the most consistent batsman in the world in all formats of the sport. The reason behind the shocking development was divulged by BCCI President Anurag Thakur.
"Virat Kohli didn't make it to ICC's Test Team as voting happens on the basis of September-September window. He made runs after September 2016," he said.
On the other hand, R Ashwin gave India a reason to celebrate as he bagged the ICC Cricketer of the Year and Test Cricketer of the Year trophies on Thursday.
Ashwin, who is right on top of the ICC Test all-rounder rankings and ICC Test bowlers rankings, was given the award for scoring 597 runs and claiming 69 wickets in Tests in the current calendar year.
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He also became the second fastest to claim 24 five-wicket hauls while he took his seventh 10-wicket haul against England in the fourth Test match in Mumbai.
Check the next slide to watch R Ashwin's thanking speech:
"It’s an absolute pleasure to be awarded this honour. There are a lot of people to be thanked for this wonderful achievement that I have made. It has been a great couple of years but this year has been even more special.” said Ashwin while dedicating his achievement to his family.
Meanwhile, South African wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock was conferred with the ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year award.
Umpire Marais Erasmus won the David Shepherd Trophy for the ICC Umpire of the Year 2016.
England skipper Alastair Cook was once again named as the captain of the ICC Test team of the year, which was chosen by former cricketing greats Rahul Dravid (India), Gary Kirsten (South Africa) and Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka).
Have a look at the ICC Test team of 2016 and ICC ODI team of 2016 in next slides:
David Warner (Australia), Alastair Cook (England, Skipper), Kane Williamson (New Zealand), Joe Root (England), Adam Voges (Australia), Jonny Bairstow (England, Wicketkeeper), Ben Stokes (England), R Ashwin (India), Rangana Herath (Sri Lanka), Mitchell Starc (Australia), Dale Steyn (South Africa), 12th man Steve Smith (Australia).
David Warner (Australia), Quinton De Kock (South Africa), Rohit Sharma (India), Virat Kohli (India, Captain), AB de Villiers (South Africa), Jos Buttler (England), Mitchell Marsh (Australia), Ravindra Jadeja (India), Mitchell Starc (Australia), Kagiso Rabada (South Africa), Sunil Narine (West Indies) 12th man Imran Tahir (South Africa).