Virat Kohli & Smriti Mandhana Named Wisden Leading Cricketers of the Year

Virat Kohli and the Indian cricket team celebrate winning the series and the Border Gavaskar Trophy in Sydney in January

Virat Kohli and the Indian cricket team celebrate winning the series and the Border Gavaskar Trophy in Sydney in January

The India captain put to bed questions over his ability to thrive in English conditions past year, topping the Test run charts with 593 runs and two centuries even though his side lost the series 4-1.

Virat Kohli was Wednesday named as one of Wisden's Five Cricketers of the Year and also became the first player to win the award for leading cricketer in the world in three successive years. Curran was also named the Player of the Series against India.

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"It feels like increasingly it's normal for a women's cricketer to be up for an award like this which says a lot about the game's development."

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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.

Kohli and Mandhana had won big in the last ICC Awards night too.

Kohli was picked for the third straight year after a supremely successful year in 2018 where he scored 2735 runs across the three formats.

India's Smriti Mandhana, who scored 1,291 runs in limited overs, was named the Leading Cricketer in the women's game while Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan was named the Leading Twenty20 Cricketer for the second consecutive year.

Indian captain Virat Kohli has scored a unique hat-track by once again being named as the world's best by the the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack.

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