Players can be picked by Wisden only once in their career with the prize awarded primarily for feats achieved during the preceding English domestic season.
Excluding 1918 and 1919 when schoolboy cricketers were honoured after the end of World War One, only Jack Crawford, who was 19 when he was named as one of the five leading cricketers in 1907, was a younger recipient than Curran. Curran, who made his ODI and Test debuts, also helped Surrey to the County Championship title previous year.
Kohli amassed 593 runs in his side's five-test series against England a year ago at an average of more than 59 to book his place. "His Test batting, especially in England, was magnificent, while his 50-over form moved to a new level". Lauded in Wisden for his ability to perform a variety of roles across all three formats, Buttler is expected to play a leading role in the forthcoming World Cup, which England host as hot favourites.
The leading first-class run scorer in England, Rory Burns passed 1000 runs for Surrey while captaining the side to its first County Championship title since 2002.
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The 20-year-old Sam Curran came into limelight with his impressive performances both in domestic with Surrey and on the global stage with England.
Kohli, the sport's biggest star, is the only overseas name among the quintet.
It further published, "Virat Kohli wins (Leading Cricketer of the Year) for an unprecedented third year in a row, scoring 2735 runs across the worldwide formats - more than 700 clear of Joe Root in second place".
Smriti Mandhana claimed the women's leading player award, completing a clean sweep for India, while Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan is the top Twenty20 player for a second year in a row.