India captain Virat Kohli lodged his name thrice in successive years as the Wisden ‘Leading Cricketer in the World’ in the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack edition on Wednesday.
In the 156th edition of the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tammy Beaumount and Rory Burns have been named alongside the India captain as Wisden’s five cricketers for the 2018-19 year.
The Almanack published, “Despite finishing on the losing side, Indian captain Virat Kohli shone with the bat, laying to rest his struggles in England in 2014 by scoring a magnificent 593 runs in five Tests, a full 244 more than his nearest rival on either side.”
It further published, “Virat Kohli wins (Leading Cricketer of the Year) for an unprecedented third year in a row, scoring 2735 runs across the international formats – more than 700 clear of Joe Root in second place. His Test batting, especially in England, was magnificent, while his 50-over form moved to a new level – if that was possible.”
Meanwhile, India’s women’s cricketer Smriti Mandhana for her 1291 runs in ODI and T20 formats last year has earned her the Wisden laurel.