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Virat Kohli has become the first player in history to win the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year, the ICC Men's Test Player of the Year and the ICC ODI Player of the Year awards following an extraordinary 2018.

India vs New Zealand live streaming: On a high after a defining tour of Australia, the Virat Kohli-led Indian team faces a trickier challenge when it locks horns with an ever-so-sprightly New Zealand in a five-match ODI series starting Wednesday.The match will be broadcast on the Star Sports Network on Wednesday (January 23) from 7:30 AM onwards.

After heroic performances by both Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, it was time for MS Dhoni to be the matchwinner in the third and final ODI, and his form in particular with the bat was sensational as the top order continued to produce the goods without relying on their questionable lower order.

Reacting to the news, an elated Kohli said: "It has been an awesome year".

Kohli had won the Sir Garfield Trophy and ICC ODI Player of the Year awards last year and was also the ICC ODI Player of the Year in 2012. "It feels fantastic. It's a reward for all the hard work that you do throughout the calendar year".

'I feel really grateful and very, very happy with the team doing well at the same time myself performing.

"Not only is Kohli the first player to win these three major ICC awards together but he has also been named the captain of the ICC Test and ODI teams of the year for a fabulous run in global cricket", the ICC said in a statement.

'From that point of view, these awards give you that extra motivation'.

Similarly in the ODI team, besides the four Indians, England also have four players - Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes.

India fought back from one down in the three-match ODI series with Australia to win the remaining two matches and pick up a superb series win that will give them big confidence coming into this clash with New Zealand.

India's fast-rising wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant was named the ICC's Emerging Player of the Year. Williamson was also awarded the ICC Spirit of Cricket award while Kumar Dharmasena was named the Umpire of the Year. It is a huge honour to win the ICC Associate Player of the Year award. "I thank the ICC, Cricket Scotland, my team-mates and all the fans to making it a year I won't forget", he said.

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