first_imgIndia’s fast-rising wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant was Tuesday named the International Cricket Council’s Emerging Player of the Year in the world body’s annual awards.The 21-year-old Pant was picked by the ICC’s voting academy for a stellar show in his breakthrough Test year in 2018.He became the first Indian wicket-keeper to score a Test century in England, and equalled the record for the most catches taken in a Test, with 11 against Australia in Adelaide in December.He was also the first Indian wicketkeeper to score a Test hundred in Australia.Congratulations to @RishabPant777, the ICC Men’s Emerging Cricketer of the Year 2018!He became the first Indian wicket-keeper to score a Test century in England, and equalled the record for the most catches taken in a Test, with 11 in Adelaide in December.#ICCAwards pic.twitter.com/s5yQBuwWlvICC (@ICC) January 22, 2019Meanwhile, India captain Virat Kohli completed the hat-trick at the awards after being adjudged the ODI Cricketer of the Year, the Test Cricketer of the Year and the 2018 Cricketer of the Year after yet another stellar performance in international cricket.The 30-year-old finished as the highest scorer in Test cricket in 2018 with 1322 runs in 13 matches at an average of 55.08 with five hundreds and as many half-centuries while also finishing on top of the ODI runs tally with 1202 runs in 14 ODIs at 133.55 with six centuries.Kohli, who was the ODI Cricketer of the Year and Cricketer of the Year last year, was named the captain of both the Test Team and ODI Team of the Year for the second year in a row.advertisementIn the other categories, Australia’s limited-overs captain Aaron Finch’s record-breaking innings of 172 off 76 balls against Zimbabwe in Harare was adjudged as the ICC Men’s T20I Performance of the Year 2018.The ICC Spirit of Cricket Award 2018 went to Kane Williamson,”For continuing to be a shining role model of how our game should be played, his behaviour setting an outstanding example on and off the field.”Sri Lanka umpire Kumar Dharmasena bagged the David Shepherd Trophy for the ICC Umpire of the Year 2018 while Scotland’s Calum McLeod was named the ICC Associate Cricketer of the Year 2018.Also Read | Amazing feeling: Virat Kohli thrilled after sweeping ICC awards to create historyAlso Read | Rishabh Pant’s groundbreaking series in Australia: 20 catches and 350 runslast_img