The winners February 19, 2010

Sehwag, Taylor, Tendulkar, Afridi take top honours

Cricinfo staff
Virender Sehwag wins the Test batting prize for a second year running

Virender Sehwag has won the Test batting prize for the second year running in the ESPNcricinfo Awards. Sehwag's audacious 293 against Sri Lanka in Mumbai was chosen over Andrew Strauss's 161 at Lord's in the Ashes and Chris Gayle's unbeaten 165 in Adelaide, by a jury of former cricketers, commentators and Cricinfo's senior editors.

The six awards, for performances in the three international cricket formats in 2009, were shared between players from three countries: India, Pakistan and West Indies. Gayle won the Twenty20 batting award for his 50-ball 88 against Australia at The Oval in the World Twenty20. His West Indies team-mate Jerome Taylor's rout of England in Jamaica was voted the Test bowling performance of the year.

The ODI batting award went to Sachin Tendulkar for his fighting 175 in a match India lost by three runs to Australia.

Shahid Afridi, who was nominated for his Twenty20 bowling as well, won for his career-best 6 for 38 in in Dubai, also against Australia.

The award for Twenty20 bowling went to Umar Gul, who was nominated twice in the category, for his five-wicket haul against New Zealand at The Oval, also in the World Twenty20 - a performance of reverse-swing bowling in which, according to former Australia captain and jury member Ian Chappell, "for three overs he looked like he was going to take a wicket every ball and damn near did".

Of the winners, Gul, Gayle and Afridi were among eight players to receive two nominations each. Fifty-seven performances from 2009 were shortlisted in the six categories early in January and voted on by the jury.

Former England opener Geoff Boycott, one of the members of the jury, which also included Tony Greig, David Lloyd, Ramiz Raja, Daryll Cullinan and Sanjay Manjrekar, said Sehwag's win was hardly surprising. "It is extraordinary to watch him play. I have seen some people score quickly and get big scores," Boycott said. "Part of the time it is brute force, but not so with him. It is just simplicity itself. I watch him bat and it seems as though he sees the shot even before the bowler has bowled. It is quite extraordinary. He doesn't play with great power; it is grace, timing and effortless ease, and his range of shots is quite exciting."

In addition to the performance awards, the ESPNcricinfo Awards also comprise the Statsguru Awards, which are based on detailed statistical analyses of the year's performances. Indian players won the top batting awards here as well. Gautam Gambhir was adjudged the Batsman of the Year, based on a score arrived at by adding Test batting average to ODI batting index (batting average multiplied by strike rate). He was also the Test Batsman of the Year. Sehwag was voted the ODI Batsman of the Year. The bowling awards went to Stuart Broad (Bowler of the Year), Mitchell Johnson (Test Bowler) and James Anderson (ODI Bowler). Other Statsguru Awards winners included Shane Watson (Most Consistent Test Batsman), Tillakaratne Dilshan (Most Runs in Test Wins), and Brendon McCullum and Jesse Ryder (ODI Opening Batting Pair of the Year).

Cricinfo readers were invited to vote on the nominees and their picks mirrored the jury's in all but one category: Twenty20 batting, where they picked Tillakaratne Dilshan's unbeaten 96 in the World Twenty20 over Gayle's 88.

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  • Netaji on February 22, 2010, 10:22 GMT

    I think a player like afridi who abuse cricket by doing such unethical things should not be given any awards & should be banned for life time....

  • Karthikeyan on February 22, 2010, 4:15 GMT

    @Vinay Kumar Nagubandi: first improve ur english. after that u can analyze sachin's innings. "I dont like Sachin's batting"...from this sentence itself u've proved that u're an egoistic individual who thinks he kows everything about cricket. It's not a point if u dont like his batting. One billion people in India and millions around the world love him and his batting and so ur comments are not gonna make a difference.

  • Malik Nadeem on February 22, 2010, 3:45 GMT

    I congratulate all the award winners and also the nominees too. I would also congratulate specially Afridi and Gul that they put the flag high of Pakistan in world of circket. So may God bless our great pakistan and our sports play nice and good role in its prosperity. Pakistan Zindabad

  • Muddassar on February 21, 2010, 8:38 GMT

    very very congratulationz to both pathans(afridi and gul) on winning the award ... and they are capable of more than this ... keep working hard ... May Allah bless all pakistanis with more n more success ... Amin

  • Pappu on February 21, 2010, 7:41 GMT

    I don't understand why everyone is making such a big deal out of Afridi winning an award - is it selective memory? Whatever is being said of Afridi is also applicable to Tendulkar - remember port elizabeth test when he was caught lifting the seam?

    Btw cricinfo: stop moderating this, you dont moderate any of the comments about Afridi's bite!

  • V.L on February 21, 2010, 7:30 GMT

    Bashing Sehwag for his award is ludicrous. On a pitch where the oppositin could hardly withstand some hostile bowling Sehwag just ripped their bowling apart. Calling it flat wicket where Srilanka succumed to an innings defeat means 1)You are ignorant 2) You are biased And those who say he cannot play outside the sub continent, you can check out his profile on this very site which mentions some of his memorable knocks outside the sub-continent.

    same goes for Sachin bashers. India were 81/3 and were looking at another 2003 world cup final like performance and he almost won it for India SINGLE-HANDEDLY.

  • Ajay on February 21, 2010, 6:33 GMT

    @Nitin and @KAL07, I am with you both.... Of course guys look at Sehwag's performance around the world... When @Tassivar mentioned that Sehwag has poor performance outside the Subcontinent, I managed to dig a little deeper and find something.;template=results;type=batting If my dear frnd @Tassivar clicks on the link, he can see that Sehwag has a Test average of nearly 60 in Australia, 40 in England, 51 in West Indies and 68+ in Sri Lanka.. I am not mentioning the average of 91+ in Pakistan... The kind of batting and strokeplay is at display when he is batting, a few loose shots can be neglected. Now yes in SA, he has an average of 27, but he has scored over 1100 runs against the opposition... I am sure in the coming tour of SA, he'll change that avg. In NZ, he has an avg of 26+, but he has made up in the ODIs with staggering 5 centuries and just 3 50s. @Tassivar, you are on the wrong side. Pick a good argument next time.

  • NITIN on February 21, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    i must say thanx to KAL07..............u replied well on @tassivar.......what the hell he thinks about u can he point his finger on such a big legend.......this clearly shows @tassivaar's ego.........just because of sehwag's ease in playing he feels like anyone can do this..........u must know buddy there was no other player in that match who performed like sehwag buddy.......think about it rather dan speaking.........

  • Dummy4 on February 21, 2010, 3:50 GMT

    congrats Mr boom boom and to also Mr gull ur the best men Pakistan zindabad

  • STAL on February 21, 2010, 3:48 GMT

    I think Indian no.1 .. inspite of weak bowling they manage to stay atop due to more poewerful batting line up....

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