Wisden Cricketers’ Almanac in its apt praise for Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli has unveiled him in its cover star for the year 2017.
The imperious and consistent Kohli was given this rare honour thanks to his sensational performance in 2016 in which he scored 2595 runs across all formats in International cricket. Enough to be touted by the critics of the game as the best young batsman in world cricket at the moment. Racing ahead of his rivals Aussie Steve Smith and English Joe Root
Kohli is now the second Indian to receive this honour after Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, who adorned the front cover in 2014 after his retirement from international cricket.
Speaking about Kohli, Wisden’s editor, Lawrence Booth was quoted saying by ESPNCricinfo, “It underlines the fact that he is a very modern cricketer. It felt like the right time to get some unorthodoxy onto the cover. People often think of Wisden as a bastion of orthodoxy, but cricket is changing so rapidly that it felt like the right time to reflect that, and Kohli was the right man for the job.”
“Kohli will be fresh in the mind of all cricket fans after his performances against England,” Booth said. “He has pulled clear of the likes of Steve Smith, Joe Root, Kane Williamson and AB de Villiers, and is clearly the most exciting all-format batsman in world cricket.”
The 2017 edition of Wisden will be published on April 6.