LAHORE: India captain and run-machine Virat Kohli has won the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for the ICC Cricketer of the Year 2017 as the International Cricket Council on Thursday announced the men’s individual award winners of 2017. Kohli also took the ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year award, while Australia captain Steve Smith was declared as the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year. Afghanistan’s wrist-spinner Rashid Khan was adjudged ICC Associate Cricketer of the Year, while India’s Yuzvendra Chahal claimed the ICC T20I Performance of the Year for his six for 25 against England in Bengaluru on 1 February 2017.Kohli, who is the 13th player to win the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy since 2004, was in blistering form during the voting period when he scored 2,023 runs in 18 Tests with eight centuries and three half-centuries. He scored 1,818 runs in 31 ODIs with seven centuries and nine half-centuries and 299 runs at a strike-rate of 152.55 in 10 T20Is. Kohli also won his second ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year award after having won the same award in 2012, making him the first cricketer to win the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy and the ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year award in the same year.In the race for ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year, Kohli beat the challenge of Pakistan’s Hasan Ali and India team-mate Rohit Sharma, who finished second and third, respectively. A delighted Kohli said in a statement: “It means a lot to me to win the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year and ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year. I won the ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year back in 2012 but this is the first time I have won the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy. It is a huge honour for me as it is probably the biggest award we have in world cricket. Two Indians winning it back to back makes it more special. I also want to congratulate all the other winners. You keep working hard every day of your life as a professional cricketer, be it training or practicing on skill sets that are required to compete at this level. Job satisfaction on the field is paramount, but international recognition by the ICC is something that every player feels privileged as it is at a global level and is something that is very special to all the cricketers because you are competing against the best international cricketers across the globe.”This was 28-year-old Smith’s third ICC award, having lifted the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy and the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year in 2015, which had made him only the seventh player to win the two awards in the same year. In the voting period, Smith scored 1,875 runs in 16 Tests with eight centuries and five half-centuries. Reacting to the announcement, Smith said: “It’s a great honour to receive this award for the second time, having won it in 2015 as well. It’s called Test cricket for a reason, and I’ve enjoyed that test of my ability over the past 12 months.”Winners:1: Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Year – Virat Kohli (India)2: ICC Men’s Test Cricketer of the Year – Steve Smith (Australia) 3: ICC Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Year – Virat Kohli (India)4: ICC Men’s Emerging Cricketer of the Year – Hasan Ali (Pakistan)5: ICC Men’s Associate Cricketer of the Year – Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)6: ICC Men’s T20I Performance of the Year – Yuzvendra Chahal (6-25 v England) (India)7: David Shepherd Trophy for ICC Umpire of the Year – Marais Erasmus8: ICC Spirit of Cricket — Anya Shrubsole (England)9: ICC Fans Moment of the Year – Pakistan stun India to win the ICC Champions Trophy 2017Published in Daily Times, January 19th 2018.