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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 20 January 2019

Virat Kohli's mixed year and the rise of Nepal's Sandeep Lamichhane: Cricket's hits and misses in 2018

Here's our list of winners and losers from the world of cricket this year

Virat Kohli - pet obsession of the cricketing world, and admittedly also ours - makes it to the lists of winners and losers of 2018.

Why?

Well, remember that remark by veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah about the India captain being "the world's best batsman and the world's worst-behaved player"? It sort of makes sense.

It will be fascinating, therefore, to see which Kohli turns up next year: Good Kohli, or Bad Kohli, or both.

Meanwhile a few slow bowlers have made our 2018 winners' list, precisely because spinners have done well this year - especially leg-spinners, and particularly in Twenty20 cricket.

We haven't profiled just individual personalities but entire teams as well. It is also worth noting that the presence of certain names in certain lists, such as that of England's Jonny Bairstow, might leave you puzzled. But we have our rationale, so bear with us.

The winners' list is in the photo gallery above, while the losers' one is in the one below. To move on to the next photo, click on the arrows, or if using a mobile device, simply swipe.

Happy viewing.

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