Virat Kohli Received Double Honours in 2019 Wisden

The reputation of Virat Kohli as an outstanding cricketer has been further enriched by a series of accolades from the 2019 edition of the Wisden Cricketers Almanack that was published earlier this week.

The Accolades of Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli, who is going to lead the World Cup campaign for India in England, has recently been voted the leading cricketer of the world for 3 consecutive years after receiving the vote again in 2019. He has also managed to receive one accolade that has been eluding him for most of his career, getting voted as one of the Five Cricketers of the Year by Wisden, which is considered the oldest award on an individual level within the world of cricket.

Wisden Cricket Accolades Worth Mentioning

Sam Curran and Jos Buttler were also voted as one of the five cricketers after their vital roles in the summer campaigns for England along with Rory Burns, who is the championship-winning captain for Surrey, as well as Tammy Beaumont, who is another phenomenal player from the England cricket team on the women’s side.

The fellow Indian of Kohli, Smriti Mandhana, has been voted the leading cricketer when it comes to the women’s cricket game after she managed to rake in 1,291 runs in limited-over formats which included 13 half-centuries. The Afghanistan leg spinner, Rashid Khan, has been voted as the leading T20 cricketer for 2 consecutive years now.

However, Kohli was undoubtedly the dominant figure in the world of cricket for 2018, accumulating 2,735 runs on an international level at 68.37 on all formats. This is more than 700 runs than the nearest challenger who is Joe Root from the England squad.

During that time, Kohli managed to score a phenomenal 11 centuries during 37 innings, 7 of which were accumulated during India’s tour of Australia, England, and South Africa, each considered the most difficult venues for batsmen that travel overseas. His form was particularly outstanding during the Test tour of England even though India suffered a 4-1 defeat in the series. Kohli made a total of 593 runs in 5 Tests with a total of 59.30 which included hundreds at both Trent Bridge and Edgbaston.

Comments from Wisden

Wisden recently stated that “influence on, or excellence in, the previous summer in England was the major criteria for inclusion when it comes to Cricketer of the Year”, and due to the fact that Kohli has managed only 134 runs at a rate of 13.40 during his previous test tour that occurred in 2014, this was essentially his first real chance to finally claim the exclusive honour. This is not like the Leading Cricketer award which can only be achieved once in the career of a player.

“In spite of his losing side, Virat Kohli as the Indian captain managed to shine with his bat, eliminating his struggles that he endured during 2014 in England,” stated Lawrence Booth who is the editor for Wisden.

The Top Cricket Tournaments to Be Held in 2018

In most parts of the world, cricket is a game that attracts thousands of fans and celebrated like other sports.  Therefore you will hear about different cricket tournaments taking place around the year. Here is an analysis on some of the best cricket tournaments to watch for in 2018.

2018 Under-19 Cricket World Cup

Early 2018, cricket fans will head to New Zealand for the under 19 cricket world cup which begins on the 13th January ending on the 3rd of February 2018. This will be the fifth edition of the tournament which is being held in New Zealand for the third time. The first time New Zealand held the tournament was in 2002, and for the second time, they held the tournament in 2010. As a result,

Following the 2016 results, 10 participants were awarded automatic qualification, and therefore they are expected to feature for the games. These include Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Namibia, Zimbabwe, West Indies, Sri, Lanka, South Africa, and Pakistan. The other participants will be the teams that won the regional tournaments. The matches will be hosted in seven venues within NZ, and the Group stage matches are expected to begin with the opening fixtures being NZ VS West Indies.

2017–18 Bangladesh Tri-Nation Series

As the name suggests, this is a tournament that features only three nations. These include Bangladesh the host, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. Three of the matches will be held at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, and the remaining matches are likely to be held in Chittagong and Dhaka. The matches will be played on the 15th, the 17th, and 19th of January 2018.

2017–18 Trans-Tasman Tri-Series

This is another tri-nation tournament that will be held in Australia and in New Zealand. The countries that participate include the two hosts and England. These matches will begin on the 3rd of February and will be played on the 7th, 10th, 14th, 16th, and 18th of February 2018. The final match will be played on the 21st February 2018 at Eden Park in Auckland.

2018 ICC World Cricket League Division Two

Namibia will host the ICC World Cricket League Division Two tournament which is scheduled to begin in February 2018. There are a total of six participants including Kenya, Namibia, Oman, Canada, Nepal, and United Arab Emirates. The top teams that are participating in this tournament include Oman and Canada after they were promoted in Uganda.

2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier

In preparation for the 2019 cricket world cup, Zimbabwe will host this upcoming tournament in March 2018. Of the 10 teams, the ones that perform well will qualify for the world’s cup. Note the decision to have only 10 participants was reached in 2015 when a new cricket structure was launched.

2018 Nidahas Trophy

This is a tri-nation tournament to be held on the 15th of March 2018 and ends on the 30th March 2018. The participants include Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and India. The teams play each other twice, and the finals will be among the top teams.

The above cricket tournaments are some of the top tournaments that are to be held in 2018.