NEW DELHI [Maha Media]: The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the list of winners for their annual awards for the year 2019. While England all-rounder Ben Stokes won the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers trophy for the Cricketer of the Year, India's Rohit Sharma won the ODI Cricketer of the Year award.
Virat Kohli won the ICC 'Spirit of Cricket' award for his heartwarming gesture towards Steve Smith, asking the fans to not boo him during a 2019 World Cup group game.
Australian pacer Pat Cummins received the Test Cricketer of the Year award, while Indian bowler Deepak Chahar won the T20I Performance of the Year award for his incredible figures of 6/7 in the T20I against Bangladesh in November.
ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney congratulated the winners of the awards this year.
Manu Sawhney said, “On behalf of the ICC, I would like to congratulate all of the individual 2019 award winners as well as those players named in the ICC Teams of the Year.
“The awards celebrate the world’s best cricketers and this has undoubtedly been an extraordinary year for men’s cricket. The highlight, of course, was the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 that ended in such dramatic fashion," ICC quoted him.
The full list of winners:
1. ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year: Rohit Sharma (India)
India opener Rohit Sharma won the ODI Player of the Year award. He has five centuries in the 2019 World Cup and seven ODI centuries to his name.
He told ICC, “I would like to thank the ICC for giving me this award and the BCCI for giving me the opportunity to represent the country. It is great to be recognised in this fashion.
"We are very happy with the way we performed as a team in 2019. We could have done better but we have a lot of positives and a lot to look forward to in 2020.”
2. Spirit of Cricket Award: Virat Kohli (India)
India skipper Virat Kohli - who had swept the Player of the Year, Test Player of the Year and ODI Player of the Year last year - won the Spirit of Cricket Award.
The award is given for his gesture during the World Cup game when he asked the crowd to support Steve Smith and not boo him.
Talking to ICC, the captain said, “I’m surprised that I have got it, after many years of being under the scanner for the wrong things. It is part of the camaraderie that sportsmen must have with each other. That moment was purely understanding an individual’s situation.
"I don’t think a guy who is coming out of a situation like that needs to be taken advantage of. You can sledge, can have banter on the field, you say things to the opposition in wanting to beat them. But booing someone is not in the spirit of any sport, I don’t endorse it.
“Also, that should not be a representation of our fans and what we stand as a cricketing nation, a sporting nation. We need to all take responsibility towards that. Intimidate the opposition, definitely try and have an upper hand but in a matter that is not targeting someone emotionally. That is not acceptable at any level and people should be wary of that.”
3. T20I Performance of the Year: Deepak Chahar (India)
India seamer Deepak Chahar won T20I Performance of the Year. This award comes for his 6/7 against Bangladesh.
He told ICC, “I am very happy to receive this award. I would like to thank the ICC for this award and to the BCCI for giving me a chance to represent my country. That performance was very special for me. I got an opportunity to play for India after a long time. Taking six wickets conceding only seven runs was a dream performance for me and will always remain close to my heart.”
4. ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Year (Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy): Ben Stokes (England)
England all-rounder Ben Stokes won the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for the ICC Player of the Year.
He is awarded for his decisive role in England’s dramatic victory at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 along with a host of other memorable performances.
Talking about the awards, Stokes told ICC, “It is quite flattering to win the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for the ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Year. The past 12 months have been incredible for England cricket and to lift the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup for the first time was our greatest achievement.
“This award is testament to my teammates and the support staff that have been there every step of the way. Fundamentally, without the support of these individuals, we would never achieve our objective of lifting a major trophy.
“There is an incredible bond between teammates and to savour our achievements, whether that’s winning the World Cup Final at Lord’s or digging deep to win a Test match against Australia at Headingley. It is satisfying you can accomplish these superb highs together.
“The last 12 months have been the best in my career, and I believe what we attained will be the catalyst to achieve further success over the next few years.”
5. ICC Test Cricketer of the Year: Pat Cummins (Australia)
Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins has been named the Test Player of the Year.
Pat Cummins grabbed 59 wickets in 12 Test matches during the period and finished the year as the top-ranked bowler in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings.
“It’s a tremendous honour to be considered the best player of last year and one which was certainly unexpected. I owe much to my team, team-mates and all those involved in Australian cricket for what was a really successful year for the team. The highlight was certainly being able to retain the Ashes which was a great reward for the hard work that went into that tour,” he told ICC.
6. Emerging Cricketer of the Year – Marnus Labuschagne (Australia)
Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne has been named as Emerging Cricketer of the Year.
Labuschagne scored 1,104 runs in 11 Tests, which saw him zoom in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings from 110 at the start of the year to fourth by the end of the year.
“It’s been exciting, it has been a great journey and I am very humbled with this award. It has been a great summer but the challenge is when you have a summer like that is to make sure you are backing it up and keep doing it. Being part of such a great team has been amazing, I have been very fortunate to be able to play in what is a great time for Australian cricket,” he told ICC.
7. Umpire of the Year and Associate Cricketer of the Year
Scotland’s Kyle Coetzer is the Associate Cricketer of the Year. Coetzer in ODIs has 880 runs in 18 matches and also aggregating 702 runs in 22 T20Is.
Coetzer told ICC: “It is a huge honour to have won the award. It was a huge shock, I certainly did not expect it, which makes it even more special. A big shout out needs to go to everyone who supported me throughout in 2019 – my family, my friends, all Cricket Scotland supporters who have come out through thick and thin, usually in some poor weather to be honest, everyone in the Cricket Scotland office as well as the backroom staff. A very special mention needs to go out to the players who support me on the field every day.”
England umpire Richard Illingworth has become the seventh person to win the David Shepherd Trophy for Umpire of the Year. This is the first time that the 56-year-old has won the award named after the late umpire from England.
“It’s an honour and a privilege to be named umpire of the year. To join the prestigious list of previous recipients of the award is very humbling.
“Although umpiring can be seen to be quite individual, there’s a huge amount done as a collective . I’d like to thank all my fellow match officials, the ICC and the ECB offices who have been great sounding boards and inspirations over the years. Also, thank you to my coach Denis Burns who helps me a huge amount and puts a great perspective on tough days.
“My family have been a tremendous support over the years and I’m delighted to share this award with them," he told ICC.
8. ICC Test Team of the Year (in batting order)
5 x Australians
3 x New Zealanders
2 x Indians
1 x Englishman
This makes the Men's Test Team of the Year.
Mayank Agarwal, Tom Latham, Marnus Labuschagne, Virat Kohli (captain), Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, BJ Watling (wicketkeeper), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Neil Wagner, Nathan Lyon.