Virat Kohli receives Barmy Army’s International Cricketer of the Year awards

first_imgVirat Kohli was presented with the International Cricket of the Year for 2017 and 2018 by England’s Barmy Army after the conclusion of the first day of India’s tour match against Essex on Wednesday.India are currently on a full-fledged tour in England, where they have won the T20I series 2-1 and lost the ODI series by the same margin. India will begin the Test series against England from August 1.Currently, the Indian team is in Chelmsford playing their only practice match that has been reduced to three days due to heatwave, as cited by the team.BCCI took to Twitter to share a picture of Virat Kohli with both the trophies in his hand. He received the trophies for 2017 and 2018 at one go even as the Barmy Army had announced Kohli as their 2017 International Cricket of the Year.Last year, England’s fan army had shared a video of Kohli thanking them for the honour and this year, he was physically presented with the awards.Say cheeseThe @TheBarmyArmy presents #TeamIndia Captain @imVkohli with the International Player of the Year for years 2017 and 2018. pic.twitter.com/sr0Z7TkDYvBCCI (@BCCI) July 25, 2018In 2018, Kohli has played a total of 19 matches across formats and has scored 1181 runs with an average of 65.61. He has scored four hundred and four half-centuries.Earlier this year, Kohli had a sensational tour of South Africa, where he scored 871 runs across formats. In the ODIs, he scored 558 runs including three hundreds.He was then once again among the runs in the three-match ODI series in England – Kohli made a fluent 75 in the first match which India won at Old Trafford before scoring 45 in the second at Lord’s.advertisementDuring the third ODI, Kohli became the fastest to 3000 one-day international runs as captain, taking just 49 innings to get to the mark.Incidentally, Kohli was also the fastest to 1000 and 2000 ODI runs as captain.Kohli also went past the 700-run mark in 2018 in only nine ODIs. Three other batsmen (Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy and Joe Root) have scored more than 700 ODI runs this year but they have played more matches than Virat Kohli.Last year, when Barmy Army had honoured him with the award, Kohli had thanked them on a video saying being recognised by a group as passionate as them felt great.ICYMI #Barmies2017 International Player of the Year – the brilliant @imVkohli. Thanks for being a great sport & thanks @BCCI @goransaxena pic.twitter.com/sMFhAW2LxgEngland’s Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) August 19, 2017″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.last_img read more