Virat Kohli & Smriti Mandhana Named Wisden Leading Cricketers of the Year

  • Indian captain Virat Kohli, for the third consecutive time, has been named as The Wisden Almanack’s Leading Cricketer of the Year for 2018.
  • Kohli is also one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the year alongside Tammy Beaumont, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, and Rory Burns. Smriti Mandhana has been named the Women’s Leading Cricketer of the Year for 2018.
  • Kohli, who amassed 2735 runs across all formats in 2018, was in the form of his life during the tour of England – where in 2014 had seen him produce one of his worst displays in Test cricket. On the tour of England this time around, Kohli scored 593 runs and eventually finished the year with five Test centuries.
  • The 22-year-old is currently the top-ranked player in women’s ODI and third in T20Is.In 2018, Mandhana scored 669 runs at an average of 66.90 in 12 ODIs and 622 runs at a strike-rate of 130.67 in 25 T20Is.