India’s Test skipper Virat Kohli added another feather to his cap on Thursday as he was named the captain of the ICC ODI team of the year at the 2016 ICC Awards. And he wasn’t the only Indian whose performance on the international stage was recognised. Ravichandran Ashwin was named Cricketer of the Year and also named in ICC’s Test team of the year.
While Kohli has Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja for company in the ODI team, Ashwin is the lone Indian in the Test team. Ashwin won the Sir Garfield Sobers trophy after becoming the Cricketer of the Year.
Kohli being overlooked in the longer version does raise a few eyebrows, especially after he has scored two double hundreds this season, all as skipper.
Strangely enough, Alastair Cook has been named the skipper of the Test team. At a time when his own countrymen have questioned his skills as skipper, it will definitely help give Cook some confidence, after a 4-0 loss in the Test series in England.
The panel that selected the ICC Test and ODI teams of the year included former India skipper Rahul Dravid, former Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara and South Africa stalwart Gary Kirsten.
ICC ODI Team of the Year: Virat Kohli (C), David Warner, Quinton De Kock, Rohit Sharma, AB de Villiers, Jos Buttler, Mitchell Marsh, Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Starc, Kagiso Rabada, Sunil Narine and Imran Tahir