Kohli captain of ICC’s ODI and Test teams
New Delhi, January 15
India captain Virat Kohli has been named the captain of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test and One-day teams of the year, capping off a memorable season for the leading batman of the world.
Apart from Kohli, there were four Indians who were picked in the ICC’s Test and ODI teams of the year. The Test team featured Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma apart from Kohli, pace bowler Mohammed Shami and left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav found a place in the ODI side.
Kohli enjoyed a tremendous run in both the formats in 2019. The 31-year-old hit his seventh Test double hundred on the way to a career-best unbeaten 254 against South Africa in October last year.
It was a breakthrough year for opener Agarwal, who smashed two double tons, one century and went beyond the fifty-run mark twice. He hit a career-best score of 243 against Bangladesh in November. Limited-overs vice-captain Rohit had a splendid ODI World Cup campaign, slamming a record five hundreds and a half century in the tournament in England and Wales. Yadav, too, enjoyed a memorable year as he joined the golden list of bowlers with two hat-tricks. The chinaman bowler claimed his second ODI hat-trick of his career against West Indies last month. In the absence of Indian pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah, Shami rose to the occasion, making the best in the business hop, skip and jump with his pace, swing and bounce through the season. He scalped 42 wickets in 21 ODIs over the last 12 months.