New Delhi - Virat Kohli won India's cricketer of the year
award for the fourth time on Thursday for outstanding performances over the
past two seasons.
Kohli became India's captain in 2015 and led his team back
to number one place in the Test rankings the following year.
The 29-year-old, who was also named International Cricket
Council player of the year in January, amassed 1,332 runs in 13 Tests in
He also averaged 84.22 for his 1 516 runs in 27 one-day
In six Tests in 2017-18, the star batsman has scored 896
runs at an average of 89.6.
Kohli will receive the prestigious Polly Umrigar award,
named after a former India captain, and a $45 000 prize at a Board of Control
for Cricket in India (BCCI) function in Bangalore on June 12.
He previously won the award in 2012, 2016 and 2017.
The prize is not granted in every calendar year, due to
scheduling issues, and is determined on previous seasons' performances.
Known as "King Kohli" in his home country, the player
was recently ranked the highest paid cricketer in the world, at 83rd in the
Forbes' list of big earning athletes.
It estimated his annual earnings at $24 million.
In line with his status as a national hero, a wax effigy of
Kohli was unveiled on Wednesday at the Madame Tussauds museum in New Delhi.
Women cricketers will also be feted at the Bangalore event,
with Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana set to be named player of the year
for 2016-17 and 2017-18 respectively.