The third annual ESPNcricinfo Awards February 18, 2010

Afridi six top of the pack

Cricinfo staff
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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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  • usman10 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

  • Vroooom 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

  • T20-champions-2009 on February 18, 2010, 20:30 GMT

    I think Shahid is indeed deserve this...

  • on February 18, 2010, 20:27 GMT

    Boom BOOM is the best i love him:D

  • yasir-nisar 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

  • Bling01 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

  • Jhammatian 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.

  • 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

  • on February 18, 2010, 18:25 GMT

    shahid afridi will be the winner. he bowled well.

  • ahmarz 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 game.love afridi

  • usman10 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

  • Vroooom 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

  • T20-champions-2009 on February 18, 2010, 20:30 GMT

    I think Shahid is indeed deserve this...

  • on February 18, 2010, 20:27 GMT

    Boom BOOM is the best i love him:D

  • yasir-nisar 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

  • Bling01 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

  • Jhammatian 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.

  • 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

  • on February 18, 2010, 18:25 GMT

    shahid afridi will be the winner. he bowled well.

  • ahmarz 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 game.love afridi

  • Realhotshady on February 18, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    Yes definitely Afridi should win this award...not only because he bowled well but because the team to suffer was Australia who rarely collapse...For Australia, one batsmen would always stand out to save the team...but Afridi took 6 of their vital wickets and never let them back in the match....I vote for Afridi and so should everyone....

  • on February 18, 2010, 14:37 GMT

    NO one is perfect in this world,if he is admitting a mistake so thts a nice thing we should appreciate him,when he won he world cup for us so he was the only hero in Pakistan,but now if he has made a mistake he he has been given a punishment so we guys should throw this controversy in a grave as a sportsman sssoo give respect your sports personalities they have given lot of thing loosing and winning are the part of the game so consider it as a game not a personal matter i think u'll understand it

  • on February 18, 2010, 14:34 GMT

    You cant give the award to a cheating apple eating cricketer!

  • ujan.s on February 18, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    i think i wud luv 2 put my money on freddie!! he's been ferocious throughout the match he's been nominated 4!

  • dream_boy on February 18, 2010, 14:04 GMT

    before i was big fan of shahid afridi but now i hate him he was eating ball like a apple he should not be in the top crickters he is cheater he didnt care about the reputation of his country he destroy everythings i hate him so much now by eating ball like an apple what a big shame

  • Matt_in_London on February 18, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    How can someone caught blatantly cheating be considered for an award? How many other games did he tamper with the ball to get wickets?

  • MajesticX1 on February 18, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    It should not be Afridi. It would have been wrong statement to the youngsters, at least in this Ban period.

  • on February 18, 2010, 10:34 GMT

    shahid afridi is most power full for best bowling award..year 2009 is most succesful bowler in t20 and also in one day.....afridi doing wonder full against all strong teams like australia....i think 2009 best bowler in t20 and one day international is afridi.........umer gul also very good in t20

  • on February 18, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    that should not be afridi.

  • waseemsarwar on February 18, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    well it has to be Afridi because he won that match and more importantly it was Aussie team who collapsed which they normally never do.Doug Bollinger is also very near. its between them for the honour.

  • on February 18, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    being a Pakistani it makes us so proud that in all forms of game pakistanis have benn nominated in top except test bowling...But this one really makes us so proud that afridi's bowling performance is best amongst the best and he is o top a the moment...Hope he will win the Award and all other pakistanis who have nominated in other form win the Award....INSHALLAH.....

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  • on February 18, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    being a Pakistani it makes us so proud that in all forms of game pakistanis have benn nominated in top except test bowling...But this one really makes us so proud that afridi's bowling performance is best amongst the best and he is o top a the moment...Hope he will win the Award and all other pakistanis who have nominated in other form win the Award....INSHALLAH.....

  • waseemsarwar on February 18, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    well it has to be Afridi because he won that match and more importantly it was Aussie team who collapsed which they normally never do.Doug Bollinger is also very near. its between them for the honour.

  • on February 18, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    that should not be afridi.

  • on February 18, 2010, 10:34 GMT

    shahid afridi is most power full for best bowling award..year 2009 is most succesful bowler in t20 and also in one day.....afridi doing wonder full against all strong teams like australia....i think 2009 best bowler in t20 and one day international is afridi.........umer gul also very good in t20

  • MajesticX1 on February 18, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    It should not be Afridi. It would have been wrong statement to the youngsters, at least in this Ban period.

  • Matt_in_London on February 18, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    How can someone caught blatantly cheating be considered for an award? How many other games did he tamper with the ball to get wickets?

  • dream_boy on February 18, 2010, 14:04 GMT

    before i was big fan of shahid afridi but now i hate him he was eating ball like a apple he should not be in the top crickters he is cheater he didnt care about the reputation of his country he destroy everythings i hate him so much now by eating ball like an apple what a big shame

  • ujan.s on February 18, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    i think i wud luv 2 put my money on freddie!! he's been ferocious throughout the match he's been nominated 4!

  • on February 18, 2010, 14:34 GMT

    You cant give the award to a cheating apple eating cricketer!

  • on February 18, 2010, 14:37 GMT

    NO one is perfect in this world,if he is admitting a mistake so thts a nice thing we should appreciate him,when he won he world cup for us so he was the only hero in Pakistan,but now if he has made a mistake he he has been given a punishment so we guys should throw this controversy in a grave as a sportsman sssoo give respect your sports personalities they have given lot of thing loosing and winning are the part of the game so consider it as a game not a personal matter i think u'll understand it