Virat Kohli and Mithali Raj designate BCCI Cricketer of the Year 2015

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NEW DELHI: Indian Test captain 27 years old Virat Kohli was on Thursday designate ‘Cricketer of the Year 2015′, while Mithali Raj was selected for the top women’s award in the BCCI annual honours to be given away on January 5 in Mumbai.

The batsman Virat Kohli, who took over as captain due to delivered good result in the middle of the tour of Australia after Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s sudden retirement.

Under Kohli, the Indian team ended a 22-year wait for a series win on Sri Lankan soil before battering world No.1 South Africa to give them their first overseas loss in nine years.

The right-hander has done well with the bat too, scoring 640 runs in 15 Test innings that he played at an average of 42.67. In his 20 ODI outings this year, Kohli managed 623 runs at an average of 36.65.

Mithali Raj, on the other hand, became the first Indian woman captain of cricket team and second overall to complete 5,000 runs in ODI format in 2015. Mithali will be presented with the M A Chidambaram Trophy for the best women’s cricketer.

Highlights key of Kohli and Mithali
• Kohli took over as captain in the middle of the tour of Australia after Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s sudden retirement.

• Kohli scored 640 runs in 15 Test innings that he played in 2015 at an average of 42.67.

• Mithali Raj became the first Indian woman and second overall to complete 5,000 runs in ODI format in 2015.

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