Two Indians in ICC Test Team of the Year

Three New Zealanders included

India captain Virat Kohli

Opening batsman Mayank Agarwal was among two Indians named in the Test Team of the Year at the International Cricket Council awards on Wednesday.

Agarwal was included in the XI on the back of a prolific 2019, which yielded double-centuries against South Africa and Bangladesh.

He hit 215 against the Proteas in Visakhapatnam in October. A month later, he collected 243 versus the Bangladeshis in Indore.

Captain Virat Kohli was also named in the ICC Team of the Year. Kohli, too, won the Spirit of Cricket award. He had asked a section of the crowd not to boo Australian batsman Steven Smith during a 2019 World Cup fixture at The Oval in London. Smith had previously been banned for ball-tampering.

ICC 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.

Kohli was also named in the ICC ODI Team of the Year. Indian seamer Mohammed Shami and batsman Rohit Sharma were also included in the XI. Sharma, meanwhile, was awarded the ODI Player of the Year accolade.

The ODI XI also included England duo Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes, who starred during a title-winning campaign at the 2019 World Cup.

“There is an incredible bond between team-mates 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,” said Stokes.

“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.”

Stokes and Butler will play for the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League later this year. The Royals won the inaugural IPL in 2008.

ICC ODI Team of the Year

Rohit Sharma, Shai Hope, Virat Kohli (captain), Babar Azam, Kane Williamson, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wicketkeeper), Mitchell Starc, Trent Boult, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav.

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