Published: Sat, April 13, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Virat Kohli and Smriti Mandhana are Wisden’s Leading Cricketers in the World

Virat Kohli and Smriti Mandhana are Wisden’s Leading Cricketers in the World

India's prolific batsman Kohli, who was named Leading Cricketer for the third successive year, scored 2,735 runs across all three formats in 2018 - more than 700 more than his nearest rival, Joe Root.

Kohli, who amassed 2735 runs across the three formats in 2018, was picked as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the year, along with England's Tammy Beaumont, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran and Rory Burns.

Kohli, who scored only 134 runs during India's previous tour of England in 2014, amassed 593 runs in his side's five-test series a year ago at an average of over 59 to book his place on the list.

Smriti Mandhana claimed the women's leading player award, completing a clean sweep for India, while Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan is the top Twenty20 player for a second year in a row.

Mandhana was rewarded for scoring 669 and 662 runs in ODIs and T20Is previous year. Curran, who made his ODI and Test debuts, also helped Surrey to the County Championship title past year. In spite of India's struggles on its tour of England in 2018, where the team lost the Test series 1-4, Kohli stood out for his 937 against England at Southampton past year.

Wisden editor Lawrence Booth, speaking ahead of Thursday's publication, said: "Sam Curran was central to England's 4-1 Test win over India, the world's number one ranked side, turning the games at Edgbaston and Southampton with hard-hit half-centuries". Following his success, Burns was selected for England tour of Sri Lanka and West Indies, respectively.

Following the IPL, his focus would be to lead Team India to their historic third World Cup title, in England.

Wisden, often described as the "bible of Cricket" has been listing out Cricketers of the Year since 1889.

The 20-year-old Sam Curran came into limelight with his impressive performances both in domestic with Surrey and on the worldwide stage with England.

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