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Stokes bags ICC Player of the Year award
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Stokes bags ICC Player of the Year award

Ben Stokes' stellar performances in both Test and ODI cricket have earned him the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers trophy for the 'Cricketer of the Year'.

Stokes had an incredible summer of cricket for England that included a match-winning contribution of 84 in the World Cup final against New Zealand and a heroic 135 not out in the Ashes thriller at Headingley.

His supreme all-round statistics read a total of 1,540 runs and 34 wickets across the two formats.

“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," he said after achieving the prize.

Australia speedster Pat Cummins was the undisputed pick for 'Test Cricketer of the Year' given his superlative record in five-day cricket over the past year.

The top-ranked Test bowler was pivotal to Australia's successes throughout 2019 as he snared 59 wickets in 12 Tests.

Rohit Sharma claimed the 'ODI Player of the Year' award after leading the run charts for 2019 on the back of a record run-spree in the ICC World Cup.

He became the first batsman to hit five centuries at the 50-over showpiece event and fell just 25 runs short of Sachin Tendulkar's aggregate of 673 - the most runs scored by a batter in a single edition of the World Cup.

India's pace bowling sensation Deepak Chahar grabbed the headlines following his stunning spell of bowling against Bangladesh in November.

His figures of 6-7 in 3.2 overs, which included a hat-trick, broke the record for best figures in a T20I and deservedly was bestowed with the 'T20I Performance of the Year' honour.

Marnus Labuschagne was the easy winner of the 'Emerging Cricketer of the Year' since he enjoyed a remarkable run after replacing Steve Smith as Test cricket's first concussion substitute in the second Ashes Test.

His sum of 1,022 runs in ten matches allowed him to rocket up to the No. 3 spot in the ICC Test rankings for batters recently.

India captain Virat Kohli won the 'ICC Spirit of Cricket Award' for his gesture at the World Cup in the game against Australia.

Kohli turned to a certain section of the Indian crowd, asking them to tone down their hostility towards Smith and instead applaud for the former Aussie skipper.

Richard Illingworth was named best umpire of the year for the first time in his career whereas Scotland's Kyle Coetzer took home the 'Associate Cricketer of the Year' prize for scoring 880 runs in 18 ODIs.

ICC's Test and ODI XIs of the year featured the standout performers in 2019 with Kohli being chosen as the leader for both hypothetical teams.

Babar Azam was the only Pakistani player to be a part of the ODI XI while there was no representation from Sri Lanka, South Africa and Bangladesh in the two sides of the year.

ICC Test Team of 2019: Mayank Agarwal, Tom Latham, Marnus Labuschagne, Virat Kohli (c), Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, BJ Watling (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Neil Wagner, Nathan Lyon.

ICC ODI Team of 2019: Rohit Sharma, Shai Hope, Virat Kohli (c), Babar Azam, Kane Williamson, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Mitchell Starc, Trent Boult, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav