Kohli, Pujara and Ashwin in ICC Test XI of 2017

Virat Kohli with Ravichandran Ashwin 

By Kersi Meher-Homji

India may have lost the Test series against South Africa 0-2 on Wednesday but three of their players Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravichandran Ashwin have been voted in the ICC Men’s Test XI of 2017.

Also three Indians, Rohit Sharma, Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah have been voted in the ICC One Day International (ODI) XI of 2017.

Kohli has been appointed captain of both the Test and ODI XIs.

But wait there is more good news for Kohli fans. He has won Sir Garry Sobers Trophy for ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Year. He has been also voted Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Year.

More laurel for India: The best T20International (T20I) performance of 2017 has gone to India’s leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal. His 6 for 25 at Bangalore in January 2017 sent England crashing from 2-113 to 127 all out.

Australia’s Ashes winning captain Steve Smith was voted Men’s Test Cricketer of the Year.

ICC Men’s Test XI in batting order:

Batsman Cheteshwar Pujara

David Warner (Australia), Dean Elgar (South Africa), Virat Kohli (India) captain, Steven Smith (Aus), Cheteshwar Pujara (Ind), Ben Stokes (England), Quinton de Kock (SAf) wicket keeper, Ravichandran Ashwin (Ind), Mitchell Starc (Aus), Kagiso Rabada (SAf) and James Anderson (Eng).

Thus there are three players each from Australia, India and South Africa and two from England.

 

ICC Men’s ODI XI in batting order:

Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal

David Warner (Aus), Rohit Sharma (Ind), Virat Kohli (Ind) captain, Babar Azam (Pakistan), AB De Villiers (SAf), Quinton de Kock (SAf) wicket keeper, Ben Stokes (Eng), Trent Boult (New Zealand), Hasan Ali (Pak), Rashid Khan (Afghanistan) and Jasprit Bumrah (Ind).

There are three players from India, two each from Pakistan and South Africa and one player each from Afghanistan, Australia, England and New Zealand.

Warner, Kohli, de Kock and Stokes are the only players to make it for both the Test and ODI ICC 2017 XIs.

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