Dubai: India’s all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin arrived in Dubai after becoming the third Indian player and 12th player overall to win the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy — and also named ICC Cricketer of the Year 2016. He was also adjudged the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year, making him only the second India player after Rahul Dravid in 2004 to bag the two coveted prizes in the same year.
Ashwin, who is here to conduct a coaching clinic for Dubai-based East Sports Management (ESM) Cricket Academy at the Gems Wellington Academy, thus joins India’s legendary batsmen Dravid, cricketer of the year in 2004, and Sachin Tendulkar, who won it in 2010.
He also joins the elite group of recipients of the Sir Garfield Trophy such as Andrew Flintoff and Jacques Kallis (joint-winners in 2005), Ricky Ponting (2006 and 2007), Shivnarine Chanderpaul (2008), Mitchell Johnson (2009 and 2014), Jonathan Trott (2011), Kumar Sangakkara (2012), Michael Clarke (2013) and Steve Smith (2015).
Commenting on winning this prestigious trophy, Ashwin 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.”