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2019 ICC Awards: Indians dominate as Englishman takes top prize

Highlights

  • Indians dominated the ICC Awards 2019 as Rohit Sharma won the ICC ODI Player of the Year while Virat Kohli was awarded the Spirit of Cricket Award.
  • Ben Stokes won the biggest prize though, the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for the world player of the year, for his heroic performances for England at the World Cup and the Ashes.
  • Patt Cummins won the 'Test Player of the Year' award.

The ICC awarded Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma the 2019 ODI Cricketer of the Year on Wednesday. The Hitman had struck 7 ODI centuries in 2019, including a record 5 in the World Cup.

Skipper Virat Kohli, on the other hand, won the 2019 Spirit of Cricket award as the ICC Awards for the year 2019 were announced. The 32-year-old won the award for his uplifting gesture when he asked the fans to not boo Steve Smith during a 2019 World Cup match.

However, the biggest ICC prize, the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for the world player of the year, was bestowed upon England all-rounder Ben Stokes for his contributions for his country’s maiden World Cup victory.

Australia pacer Pat Cummins was awarded the 2019 Test Cricketer of the Year award for scalping 59 Test wickets last year. Scotland cricketer Kyle Coetzer won the 2019 Associate Player of the Year award.

Ben Stokes takes Top Prize

Apart from winning the World Cup, Stokes also displayed his supremacy in what is hailed as one of the greatest Test innings of all time. Having been wrapped for a paltry 67 in the second innings, England were left with a massive target of 359 to chase.

With the team reduced to 286/9, the target looked to be too far away to be chased. But then, Ben Stokes struck to the crease and hit 135* to guide the Three Lions to their biggest fourth inning run chase ever.

India’s high-scoring contest against Australia in the World Cup 2019 won many hearts after Kohli asked fans to clap for Steve Smith instead of booing him for serving a ban for ball-tampering.

Not only that, the Indian team captain also apologised to Steve Smith on behalf of the crowd while speaking to the media after the match.

“Just because there’s so many Indian fans here, I just didn’t want them to set a bad example, to be honest, because he didn’t do anything to be booed in my opinion.

“He’s just playing cricket. He was just standing there, and I felt bad because if I was in a position where something had happened with me and I had apologised, I accepted it and I came back and still I would get booed, I wouldn’t like it, either.

“So I just felt for him, and I told him, I’m sorry on behalf of the crowd because I’ve seen that happen in a few earlier games, as well, and in my opinion that’s not acceptable,” he said.

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