Virat Kohli © AFP
Virat Kohli © AFP

Virat Kohli has been named Wisden’s Men’s Cricketer of the Year for 2017. This is the second-time running that Kohli has been honoured with this award. In the last year, Kohli scored 2,818 across format playing for India. Speaking about Kohli, Wisden’s editor Lawrence Booth said: “Three of his five Test hundreds were doubles, and the other two unbeaten, and his 1,460 one-day international runs were unsurpassed.”

India Women’s captain Mithali Raj was honoured with Women’s Cricketer of the Year award. She managed to become the leading run-scorer in Women’s ODIs in the year gone by. Speaking about her, Booth said: “Mithali Raj made it an Indian double after she was named the Leading Woman Cricketer in the World. In the course of captaining her country to within a whisker of the World Cup title, she became the leading run-scorer in the history of women’s one-day internationals, and completed her seventh successive half-century, another record.”

West Indies batsman Shai Hope, Essex bowler Jamie Porter and three England Women players — Heather Knight, Natalie Sciver and Anya Shrubsole — have been named Wisden’s Cricketers of the Year in 2018.