Why Has Virat Kohli not Made the ICC Test Team 2016?

Ravichandran Ashwin has won the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy and been awarded the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year 2016 too, at the ICC Awards 2016. The ICC Cricketer of the Year and Test Cricketer of the Year are the two top-most individual awards in cricket.

Ashwin, who is the No. 1 Test bowler in the world currently, becomes just the third Indian to win the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy—Rahul Dravid in 2004 and Sachin Tendulkar in 2010 have been the two others. And Ashwin is just the second Indian, after Dravid, to have clinched ICC’s two top-most awards in the same year.

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The ICC awards are given out annually to the top performers in men’s and women’s cricket and a standout umpire, with a selected panel of former players, respected media members and an elite umpire and match referee voting for the top performers in world cricket during a 12-month period which, for this year’s awards, ran from 14th September 2015 to 20th September 2016.

During the aforementioned 372-day period, Ravichandran Ashwin took 78 wickets and accrued 394 runs with the bat, in eight Tests, three ODIs and 19 T20Is.

While Ashwin was the sole Indian to find a place in the 2016 ICC Test Team of the Year, Rohit Sharma, Indian Test captain Virat Kohli and the currently No. 2-ranked Test bowler, Ravindra Jadeja, found places in the ICC ODI Team of the Year. Kohli is the ICC ODI Team of the Year 2016’s captain.

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After he was awarded, the 2016 Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy winner said: “It’s an absolute pleasure to be awarded with this great honour. It feels great to follow the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid in being named as the ICC Cricketer of the Year. To also win the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year makes it even better.” 

Why Virat Kohli Has not Made the ICC Test Team of the Year 2016, Along with fellow Indian Team-mate Ravichandran Ashwin?

The Indian Cricket fans have been a little baffled since the ICC Awards were announced, by the conspicuous absence of Virat Kohli in the 2016 ICC Test Team of the Year.

But the reason for Kohli not being named is quite simple: the ICC Awards 2016 have been handed out based on the performances during 14th September 2015-20th September 2016. During which period, Kohli accrued just 451 runs in eight Tests and 251 of those runs—Kohli made his first Test double century in the Caribbean earlier this year—came in the four-Test series against the West Indies in July-August 2016.

Since September 22nd, when India got their 2016-17 home season underway, Kohli has been prolific and garnered 964 runs in eight Tests, three against New Zealand and five against England. But because this period has not been taken into account for the ICC Awards 2016, Kohli has not been named in the ICC Test Team of the Year 2016.