India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has been awarded the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy as the International Cricket Council’s Test Player of 2016.
Ashwin becomes the third Indian to win the ICC’s top individual gong, following master batsmen Rahul Dravid in 2004 and Sachin Tendulkar in 2010.
The right-arm off-spinner claimed 48 wickets in eight matches at a remarkable average of 15.39 while striking every 36.9 deliveries during the voting period from 14 September 2015 to 20 September 2016.
“It’s an absolute pleasure to be awarded with this great honour,” Ashwin, who was also named the ICC Test Player of the 2016, told the ICC.
“It feels great to follow the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid in being named as the ICC Cricketer of the Year.
“To also win the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year makes it even better.
“There are a lot of people to thank for this wonderful achievement I have made.
“It has been a great couple of years but this year has been even more special.
“What is very noticeable is the way I have bowled and batted and the way I have gone about doing my business.
“What is more important, as far as I am concerned, is the number of people who have gone behind my success.
“I’d like to dedicate this award to my family.
“I’d like to thank ICC and most importantly my teammates.
“I’d also like to thank the support staff for our success. We’ve had a great transition ever since Mahendra Singh Dhoni hung up his boots.
“A young captain has taken over, we fell on the right track, and we now have a new bunch of boys.”
Ashwin was named alongside three Australians – Mitchell Starc, David Warner and Adam Voges – the ICC’s Test Team of 2016.
South Africa wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock was named the ODI Player of 2016 after scoring 793 runs at 56.64 in the voting period, including four centuries and 15 dismissals with the gloves.
The 24-year-old, who has an incredible 11 ODI hundreds in 69 matches, is the second South African to win the award after AB de Villiers took out the title in 2010, 2014 and 2015.
“It’s great to hear that I’ve been named as the ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year,” de Kock said.
“To be named as the best from among so many good cricketers gives one utmost satisfaction.
“This award obviously rewards consistent performances at the top level and I’m happy to have done well for my team over this period.
“To join a select group of players that includes my senior AB de Villiers makes this a special moment, one that I’ll cherish for long.
“I thank the ICC for selecting me for this award and to my team-members and support staff for all their help and support.”
West Indies allrounder Carlos Brathwaite was awarded the ICC T20I Performance of the Year for his stunning unbeaten knock of 34 from 10 balls in the World Twenty20 final against India this year.
Needing 19 to win off the final over against England in Kolkata, Brathwaite sent the first four balls of Ben Stokes’ over out of the ground to seal an extraordinary win. (Source: Cricket.com.au)