ICC announced the winners of its awards for the year 2019 on Wednesday. While India’s opener Rohit Sharma won the 2019 ODI Cricketer of the year, captain Virat Kohli was honored with the 2019 Spirit of Cricket award.
Rohit Sharma was undoubtedly in an excellent form in the gone-by year. He became the first batsman to have smashed five big centuries in a single edition of World Cup. Scoring big numbers, he ended the year with a total of seven ODI centuries.
On receiving the award, Rohit said, “I would like to thank the ICC for giving me this award and the BCCI for giving me the opportunity to represent the country. It is great to be recognized in this fashion. We are very happy with the way we performed as a team in 2019. We could have done better but we have a lot of positives and a lot to look forward to in 2020.”
Virat was awarded the Spirit of Cricket award because of his sweet gesture of asking the fans to applaud Steve Smith rather than booing him during a match in the World Cup 2019.
Ben Stokes, England’s all-rounder, won the most prestigious award Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for the ICC player of the year.
A World Cup winner and scorer of one of the greatest Test innings of all time, Ben Stokes is the winner of the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for the world player of the year.#ICCAwards pic.twitter.com/5stP1fqSAP— ICC (@ICC) January 15, 2020
Here is the full list of ICC award winners:
Besides, ICC also announced the XI players making the 2019 team of the year: Mayank Agarwal (India), Tom Latham (New Zealand), Marnus Labuschagne (Australia), Virat Kohli (India, C), Steve Smith (Australia), Ben Stokes (England), BJ Watling (New Zealand, wk), Pat Cummins (Australia), Mitchell Starc (Australia), Neil Wagner (New Zealand), Nathan Lyon (Australia).