NEW DELHI: India’s Ravichandran Ashwin capped off a sensational year by being adjudged the ICC Cricketer of the Year to win the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy. He joins Rahul Dravid (2004) and Sachin Tendulkar (2010) as only the third Indian to take away the top individual honour.
Ashwin picked up 72 wickets from 12 Tests this year, for which he was also named the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year, becoming the third Indian cricketer to win the award after Dravid in 2004 and Gautam Gambhir in 2009.
Ashwin also finds a place as the lone Indian in the Test XI. Besides bowling, his batting has come of age too and he has emerged as a formidable allrounder for India. In 12 Tests, Ashwin has two centuries and three fifties.
“It’s an absolute pleasure to be awarded with this great honour. It feels great to follow the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid in being named as the ICC Cricketer of the Year. To also win the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year makes it even better,” Ashwin said.
“There are a lot of people to thank for this wonderful achievement I have made. It has been a great couple of years but this year has been even more special. What is very noticeable is the way I have bowled and batted and the way I have gone about doing my business. What is more important, as far as I am concerned, is the number of people who have gone behind my success.”
“I’d like to dedicate this award to my family. I’d like to thank ICC and most importantly my team-mates. I’d also like to thank the support staff for our success. We’ve had a great transition ever since Mahendra Singh Dhoni hung up his boots. A young captain has taken over, we fell on the right track, and we now have a new bunch of boys,” Ashwin added.
India’s limited-overs vice-captain Virat Kohli has been named as the captain of the ODI side. There were sections that expressed surprise at the exclusion of Kohli from the Test side but Kohli’s purple patch only began during the New Zealand series which began in October.
Alastair Cook, despite the recent 0-4 loss to India has been appointed captain of the Test XI. This is the third time Cook has been appointed captain of the Test side.
South Africa’s wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock has been named the ICC ODI cricketer of the year with 857 runs from 17 matches including three centuries and three fifties. Three Indian cricketers – Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja and Kohli have found a place in the ODI set-up.
Pakistan Test skipper Misbah ul Haq was given the Spirit of Cricket award, while Bangladesh fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman was named the emerging player of the year.
ICC ODI team of the year 2016: Virat Kohli (captain), David Warner, Quinton de Kock (wk), Rohit Sharma, AB de Villiers, Jos Buttler, Mitchell Marsh, Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Starc, Kagiso Rabada, Sunil Narine, Imran Tahir.
ICC Test team of the year 2016: Alastair Cook (captain), David Warner, Kane Williamson, Joe Root, Adam Voges, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Ravichandran Ashwin, Rangana Herath, Mitchell Starc, Dale Steyn, Steve Smith.