Indian test skipper and batter par excellence Virat Kohli is not part of the International cricket council's Test team of the year. This may seem a staggering surprise for cricket aficionados and fans given his sterling exploits with the bat. But there is indeed a reason why Kohli failed to make the cut. This was revealed by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Anurag Thakur on Thursday.He said that the star failed to make it to the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Test Team because voting happened in September and he made all the runs after that month.
Despite being adjudged as the Man-of-the-Series with 655 runs in the recently concluded five-match series against England which the World No. 1 Test team won 4-0, Kohli missed a berth in the ICC Test team of the year 2016.
"Unfortunately, Virat Kohli, who has turned into a big player , did not make it to the ICC's Test Team because voting happens in September window and he made all the runs after this September," Thakur told the press.
England captain Alastair Cook, who is under the scanner following the recent thrashing in India, has been named as the captain of the ICC team, which includes four Englishmen, three Australians, and a player each from New Zealand, India, Sri Lanka and South Africa.
Thakur also congratulated off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja for making it rare instance of two India bowlers topping the ICC Test rankings."I would like to congratulate both of the players for performing tremendously well and guiding the team to repeated victories as well as to the No.1 spot in rankings," the BCCI chief said.
ICC Test Team of the Year 2016
David Warner (Aus); Alastair Cook (Eng, capt); Kane Williamson (NZ); Joe Root (Eng); Adam Voges (Aus); Jonny Bairstow (Eng) (wicketkeeper); Ben Stokes (Eng); R. Ashwin (Ind); Rangana Herath (SL); Mitchell Starc (Aus); Dale Steyn (SA). 12th man: Steve Smith (Aus).
ICC ODI Team of the Year 2016
David Warner (Aus), Quinton de Kock (SA, wk), Rohit Sharma (Ind), Virat Kohli (Ind, capt), AB de Villiers (SA), Jos Buttler (Eng), Mitchell Marsh (Aus), Ravindra Jadeja (Ind), Mitchell Starc (Aus), Kagiso Rabada (SA), Sunil Narine (WI). 12th man: Imran Tahir (SA).
ICC Women’s Team of the Year
Suzie Bates (NZ), Rachel Priest (NZ, wk), Smriti Mandhana (Ind), Stafanie Taylor (WI, capt), Meg Lanning (Aus), Ellyse Perry (Aus), Heather Knight (Eng), Deandra Dottin (WI), Sune Luus (SA), Anya Shrubsole (Eng), Leigh Kasperek (NZ). 12th woman: Kim Garth (Ireland).