The 154th overall edition of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanac has adorned Virat Kohli’s as its cover which will be published on April 6. Kohli was honoured after his prolific form as a Test skipper and a batsman in 2016 calendar year.
The Delhi-born Kohli scored seven hundreds and 13 fifties in 2016.
Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack editor Lawrence Booth opened up on the cover picture of Kohli, who can be seen playing a reverse sweep.
“It underlines the fact that he is a very modern cricketer. It felt like the right time to get some unorthodoxy onto the cover,” Booth was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
The 28-year-old right-handed batsman Kohli amassed 2,595 runs across all formats at an average of 86.50 in 41 innings before being awarded for his incredible achievement in the recent past.
After legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar, the modern day batting sensation has become the second cricketer from India to adorn the Wisden Alamanac’s cover for the year 2017.
The Little Master adorned the Wisden Almanac cover in 2014 following his international retirement.
“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,” Booth added.
Kohli led India to 2-0 win over the West Indies before routing New Zealand 3-0 and England 4-0 in the five-match series at home in 2016.
After Mahendra Singh Dhoni relinquished the captaincy, Kohli’s men sealed the One-Day International and Twenty20 International series 2-1.
“Kohli will be fresh in the mind of all cricket fans after his performances against England,” Booth remarked.
However, Kohli also became the first skipper from India to win nine Tests in a calendar year before registering five consecutive Test series wins.
Kohli has also equalled Tendulkar’s record of 14 hundreds in the successful run chases for the national side.
In a calendar year, Kohli became the first Indian cricketer to score over 1000 Test runs after Rahul Dravid, who had scored 1,145 in 2011.
“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,” Booth concluded.
In 2015, England all-rounder Moeen Ali became the second cricketer from Asia to appear on the front cover of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanac.