Virat Kohli has added another feather in his cap yesterday. And this time it was not due to his brilliance with the bat. He won the spirit of cricket award for the year 2019 at ICC awards.
Pakistani pacer Mohammad Amir has come out and posted his reaction on social media. He replied as, ”Great words from great player”. Mohammad Amir has a good relationship with Virat Kohli. Earlier during world T20 2016, both players were seen exchanging their kits during a warm-up session at Eden Gardens.
In the details, India were playing Australia during group stages of ICC cricket world cup 2019 at The Oval. Steve Smith was fielding at mid-on boundary while Virat Kohli was batting in the middle. Indian crowd were booing Smith for ball-tampering gate.
Virat Kohli didn’t like it and straight away signalled crowd to cheer him instead of booing. After the game, Virat Kohli said that he would not like the Indian crowd to set bad examples with this type of behaviour. Virat Kohli won the spirit of cricket award for this incident.
A Round-up of ICC awards 2019
ICC declared annual awards for the calendar year 2019 yesterday. Ben Stokes declared as Men's cricketer of the year. Rohit Sharma won ODI cricketer of the year while Pat Cummins took the honours for Test cricketer of the year award. MarnusLabuschagnewon the emerging player of the year award after a stellar year on the International stage. Virat Kohli was named as captains of ODI and test teams of the year. Deepak Chahar was given best T20 performance of the year for his Six wicket haul against Bangladesh.
India look to square the series against Australia
After a very bad day at the office in first ODI, team India will look to bounce back and level the series at Rajkot. Rishabh Pant is ruled out of ODI due to concussion protocols. It will be interesting to see who will replace Pant in the Indian lineup. Manish Pandey and Shivam Dubey are two contenders for the spot.