India captain Virat Kohli and Australia’s Ellyse Perry have been named the 2016 Leading Cricketers in the World in the 2017 edition of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, which came out this week.
Kohli, who embraces the cover of 2017 Wisden’s edition, had a phenomenal 2016 where he averaged more than anyone with the bat in all three formats of the game: 75 in Tests, 92 in one-day internationals and 106 in Twenty20 internationals. The 28-year-old star also led his side undefeated in Test series against West Indies, New Zealand and England in 2016.
Pakistan veterans Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq find their names in Wisden’s prestigious Five Cricketers of the Year list, because of their role in their team’s exceptional performance in England last summer. Wisden editor Lawrence Booth said he was forced to included the duo due to their impact in the memorable series.
“Misbah-ul-Haq was central to one of the most riveting series in England for years,” said Booth. “His century in the First Test at Lord’s set a benchmark for his team-mates, while his celebratory press-ups became one of the motifs of the year. Against the odds, he led Pakistan, without a home Test since 2009, to the top of the rankings – and all at the age of 42.”
“With the pressure on, Younis Khan delivered. His classy 218 in the final Test of the summer, at The Oval, helped Pakistan square the series after successive defeats had left them in danger of squandering their win at Lord’s. It was his 32nd Test hundred – and a reminder that his struggles earlier in the series had been a blip rather than part of a decline.”
England all-rounder Chris Woakes is also a recipient of Wisden’s honors, as he snared 26 wickets in four Tests against Pakistan in last summer, including 11 in the opening match against visitors at Lords. “This was the year Chris Woakes announced himself as an international-class all-rounder,” writes Booth
England batsman Ben Duckett, who aggregated 1,338 runs in County Championship Division Two for Northamptonshire, and Roland-Jones, who played a key role in Middlesex’s title triumph by taking 54 wickets in the season, are also included in the list.