The third annual ESPNcricinfo Awards February 18, 2010

Afridi six top of the pack

Cricinfo staff

Three series-winning performances, and two inspired efforts that derailed Australia comprise the ODI bowling shortlist of 2009 for the ESPNcricinfo awards. Pace and spin both feature prominently in the nominations, four of which are hauls of five wickets or more and also include a hat-trick.

Shahid Afridi bagged the second best figures in 2009, taking 6 for 38 in Dubai in an uncharacteristic Australian collapse, where eight wickets fell for 27. The display won Pakistan the game, though the series was eventually lost. Harbhajan Singh's 5 for 56 in the Compaq Cup in Colombo, in the wake of a blistering reply by Sri Lanka's batsmen in their chase, ended India's long struggle in tournament finals.

The fast bowlers had three representatives, leading with Andrew Flintoff, whose hat-trick against West Indies, part of his career-best 5 for 19, won England their first ODI series in the Caribbean. Doug Bollinger had made a mark in only his second ODI, grabbing a five-for against Pakistan, but his 5 for 35 in Guwahati against India sealed a memorable series victory for Australia after they had been 1-2 down. And finally, Kyle Mills inflicted on Australia what they rarely experience at home, bowling them out for 181, their lowest in the country that year, while taking 4 for 35 in conditions favourable for batting.

The top five were drawn on basis of votes from a 14-member jury that includes some of the leading cricket experts in the world and Cricinfo's senior editors.

A departure from the usual year-end awards looking at overall performances, ESPNCricinfo's honours are in two categories: a jury-based award looking at the year's best batting and bowling performances and a stats-based award using numbers from Cricinfo's extensive database. The winners for all the awards will be announced on February 19.

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  • usman on February 19, 2010, 2:58 GMT

    afridi is my man for the pickings. his amazing performances throughout the year and this performence against australia is a cherry on top of the cake. he deserves the award because his efforts have been remarkable and destroying the aussies like he did deseves the reckoning

  • Siddharth on February 18, 2010, 22:50 GMT

    IMO Dougie's effort was the best. Not only did it come in the decider of the series, it was in conditions not suited to his brand of bowling unlike almost all the other nominations. Couple that with his relatively recent entry into international cricket and I see no competition

  • IMRAN on February 18, 2010, 20:30 GMT

    I think Shahid is indeed deserve this...

  • Dummy4 on February 18, 2010, 20:27 GMT

    Boom BOOM is the best i love him:D

  • yasir on February 18, 2010, 20:22 GMT

    it has to be afridi he the most succesfull bowler in the recent time and he doing wonders why the people say that it will give a wrong impression what's worng if he did some thing with the ball as the rest of world not doing that ? but the problem is that he is PAKISTANI and that why some stupid idiots are keep on saying that again again that he bite the ball and temper the ball and even look at the pooling in the cricinfo wow from last how many days they have nothing else to say to poll about but Afridi Afridi Afridi GROW UP people

  • Irfan on February 18, 2010, 20:05 GMT

    Not a big fan of Afridi! However, whether he (Shahid) wins enough votes and wins in his category is a separate issue. But what happened later in the year has got nothing to do with his excellent run through past year of 09. It will be biased to evaluate his performance with this kind of backdrop! It's folly

  • Muddassar on February 18, 2010, 19:55 GMT

    Afridi is only the person for lifting this award as his bowling has improved too much and he is truely a partnership broker.

  • Dummy4 on February 18, 2010, 18:56 GMT

    Why can't we have the actual videos of the bowling performances as well instead of just the panel discussion...would make the videos a little more interesting

  • Dummy4 on February 18, 2010, 18:25 GMT

    shahid afridi will be the winner. he bowled well.

  • Ahmar on February 18, 2010, 16:42 GMT

    well honestly what i think is . that he did his mistake and he got banned for 2 matches from ICCI. what i dont understand that y people making a big issue cause he is Pakistan. leave him alone and he is legend of sixes. He was the one who started the real crazy afridi

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