Kohli is the third Indian to win an honour that has been running since 2003, and which covers all formats of the international game in the first timetable year. Virender Sehwag won it twice, in 2008 and 2009, and Tendulkar once, in 2010. The women’s honour was won by Australia’s Ellyse Perry.

“Virat Kohli, who features on the cover of the 2017 edition of the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, is also the Leading Cricketer in the World for 2016, an accolade put in place in 2003 when Ricky Ponting became the first honoree,” Wisden announced.

The 28-year-old turned into the third Indian cricketer to win the honour, which has been running since 2003 and covers all the three formats of cricket in the previous calendar year. Previous Indian opener Virender Sehwag earned the respect twice by Wisden, while incredible cricketer Sachin Tendulkar won it once.

Inferable from his extraordinary shots with the bat, Kohli had won the prestigious ‘Polly Umrigar award’ displayed to the ‘International Cricketer of the Year’ at the BCCI Annual Awards.

Excepting the simply finished up home series against Australia, Kohli had a fairytale year in which the batsman found the average of more than anybody in each of the three format, while Indian Team lost just once in their 13-test home season.

Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack honours:

Leading Cricketer in the World: Virat Kohli

Leading Woman Cricketer in the World: Ellyse Perry

Five Cricketers of the Year: Misbah-ul-Haq, Younis Khan, Ben Duckett, Toby Roland-Jones, Chris Woakes.