The Cricingif writers give out their picks for the best of 2017.
The unstoppable run machine, the King, the talk of the town, the heartbreaker, the ‘couple/relationship goals’ benchmark- Virat Kohli. He’s had one heck of a year- not just on but off the field as well. He scored the most number of ODI runs this year, and with 32 hundreds is now second on the list of most hundreds in ODIs. Kohli’s test form against Sri Lanka helped him become the only captain to have scored 6 double hundreds. The list of records he’s broken/set this year can go on and on and so can the praise.
Kohli was the highest run scorer of the year
I mean there should be no debate really about this, but let me make my point just in case. The player of the year is Virat Kohli, he has the highest test average (75.64) for batsmen to have played 10 innings or more, highest ODI average (76.84) in 2017 for batsman to have batted in more than 20 innings, his T20i average of 37.37 isn’t the best but is still outstanding in a format given he scores at 9.12 RPO. These numbers are colossal and for him to do it in 2 formats with such domination is commendable really.
Virat Kohli, the one to have developed a custom to take the cricket field by storm no matter the format. It’s hard to overlook the fact which also further strengthens the case - he has a healthy average of 77.81 in 15 matches away from home and 60.85 in 26 matches at home. That pretty much sums up how he’s had the most successful year of his career yet, and is rightfully the player of the year.
His celebration is that of an explosion and he has literally exploded onto the international cricket scene this year. How can anyone other than Hasan Ali be even considered for the player of the year award? He was man of the tournament in Pakistan’s unbelievable Champions Trophy victory. Yes, there will be arguments made about him not performing as well in Tests but the guy inspired one of the lowest ranked ODI teams to a world title; he made the entire Gaddafi stadium mimic his celebration on World XI’s tour to Pakistan; and he brought back the joy in fast bowling - what more do you need?
Hassan Ali was the man of the tournament in last year’s Champion Trophy