Written by Lahiru Fernando
23 Dec, 2015 | 2:13 pm
The International Cricket Council has released the list of winners of the ICC Awards 2015. Australian Captain Steve Smith claimed the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year 2015 Award as well as the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year award.
Australian Captain Steve Smith joined the likes of Ricky Ponting (2006 and 2007), Mitchell Johnson (2009 and 2014) and Michael Clarke (2013) to be the fourth Australian player and 11th player overall to win the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy after being named as the ICC Cricketer of the Year 2015.
Smith also joins a league of superstar cricketers such as Rahul Dravid (2004), Andrew Flintoff and Jacques Kallis (joint-winners in 2005), Sachin Tendulkar (2010), Jonathan Trott (2011) and Kumar Sangakkara (2012) who have lifted the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy in previous years.
The top-order batsman was also adjudged the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year, which has made him only the seventh cricketer after Dravid (2004), Kallis (2005), Ponting (2006), Sangakkara (2012), Clarke (2013) and Johnson (2014) to bag the two coveted prizes in the same year.
Meanwhile, the Proteas ODI captain AB de Villiers claimed bragging rights for the the ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year award for the second consecutive year. In the voting period, de Villiers scored 1,265 runs in 20 innings at an average of just over 79 and a strike-rate of 128.4. He hit two centuries and nine half-centuries. Earlier this month, de Villiers was named as the captain of the ICC ODI Team of the Year.
The retiring crowd favorite New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has won the ICC Spirit of Cricket Award for inspiring his side to play the game in its true spirit. This was clearly evident throughout the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, and in particular in the semi-final where McCullum showed humility and exemplary sportsmanship by inviting de Villiers and his side to the New Zealand’s dressing room after a closely-fought match.
The list of awards given by the ICC for 2015 are as follows:
ICC Cricketer of the Year (Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy) – Steve Smith (Australia)
ICC Test Cricketer of the Year – Steve Smith (Australia)
ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year – AB de Villiers (South Africa)
ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year – Meg Lanning (Australia)
ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year – Stafanie Taylor (West Indies)
ICC T20I Performance of the Year – Faf du Plessis (South Africa) (119, 56 balls, 11×4, 5×6 – 2nd T20I vs West Indies, 11 January 2015, Johannesburg)
ICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year – Josh Hazlewood (Australia)
ICC Associate/Affiliate Cricketer of the Year – Khurram Khan (UAE)
ICC Spirit of Cricket Award – Brendon McCullum (New Zealand)
ICC Umpire of the Year (David Shepherd Trophy) – Richard Kettleborough
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