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Virat Kohli named captain of both ICC Test, ODI Teams of the Year

by Athar Ansari Jan 22, 2019 • 12:45 PM

Kohli's 1,322 runs at an average of 55.08 with five centuries in 13 Tests and 1,202 runs at an astounding average of 133.55 with six hundreds in 14 ODIs saw him selected to both sides by every voting member of the Academy with the majority of them also opting to name him at the helm of each.

Kohli also ended 2018 as the top-ranked Test and ODI batsman in the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings while his side finished the year as the top-ranked side in Tests and number two behind England in ODIs.

Reacting to the news, an elated Kohli said: "It has been an amazing year. I was able to play in a manner that I would not have imagined. If the intention is right and you keep working hard, the results are there in front of your own eyes.

"The intent has always been to help your team at any cost, that is when these performances come by and you are pushing yourself to the limit, which you otherwise will not be able to. That is something I experienced in 2018 a lot," he added.

Meanwhile, besides the three Indians -- Kohli, Bumrah and Pant -- New Zealand also has three players in the Test squad -- captain Kane Williamson, Henry Nicholls and opener Tom Latham.