Indian captain Virat Kohli on Wednesday was named the International Cricketer of the Year for 2017 and 2018 by England's Barmy Army at the end of day one of the warm-up game against Essex. Kohli scored 68 runs.
Indian captain Virat Kohli on Wednesday evening was presented with the International Cricket of the Year for 2017 and 2018 by England's Barmy Army at the end of day 1 of the practice match against Essex at Chelmsford. Kohli had scored 68 runs on the opening day before edging a fuller from Paul Walter in India's march to 322/6.
India are presently on a tour of England where they outclassed the hosts in T20Is winning the three-match series 2-1, before being defeated in the ODIs by 1-2. India now have the crucial five-match Test series ahead of them which will kick off from August 1 at Edgbaston.
Ahead of the game, India are playing a warm-up game against Essex county club. The game was originally decided upon to be a four-day affair, but has been reduced to three following heat-wave. Top-order wobbled, but Kohli, KL Rahul and Dinesh Karthik looked steady as India scored 322/6.
After the day's play, Kohli was handed the medals and BCCI shared the moment on Twitter. Last year, the Barmy Army had shared a video of the 29-year-old thanking them for the medal.
"I am really honoured to be chosen by the Barmy Army as the international player of the year. It feels nice to be recognised by the fans of other countries and cricket lovers from all over the globe which makes you feel great as a cricketer. Specially from the Barmy Army who made my life hell in England in 2014 when I had a tough time.
"They always support their team very passionately and I am sure it will be a challenge when we go to England. But to have received such an honour from them makes me feel proud of playing for my nation. I want to thank you all once again from the bottom of my heart and look forward to catching up with all of you when we come to England next year. Hopefully, we can have some interaction of the field also, cheers thank you," Kohli said in the video.
Kohli in 2018 played just 19 matches considering all formats, scoring 1181 runs at an average of 65.61 which includes four tons and four fifties. In South Africa, he scripted a remarkable piece of history with 558 runs in ODI series.