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
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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_121 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....

  • Gk16 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.

  • MalikNadeemAwan 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

  • Jhammatian 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

  • badmaash 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!

  • maddy20 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.

  • soajay 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. http://stats.cricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/35263.html?class=1;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.

  • nitin163 on February 21, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    i must say thanx to KAL07..............u replied well on @tassivar.......what the hell he thinks about sehwag............how 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 did..............so buddy.......think about it rather dan speaking.........

  • 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....

  • Netaji_121 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....

  • Gk16 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.

  • MalikNadeemAwan 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

  • Jhammatian 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

  • badmaash 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!

  • maddy20 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.

  • soajay 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. http://stats.cricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/35263.html?class=1;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.

  • nitin163 on February 21, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    i must say thanx to KAL07..............u replied well on @tassivar.......what the hell he thinks about sehwag............how 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 did..............so buddy.......think about it rather dan speaking.........

  • 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....

  • dgamlath on February 21, 2010, 3:38 GMT

    Surprisingly for me, the batting performance of Tillakaratne Dilshan has been overlooked in the ODI category as well as T20 category. I personally feel that his 160 against India (where Sri Lanka lost by 3 runs chasing a target of 415) and his unbeaten 96 against West Indies in World T20 should have been given credit (at least one of those two).

  • Bollo on February 21, 2010, 3:03 GMT

    pretty hard to argue with any of these - Sehwag was awesome, sure Sachin`s knock was on a losing side, it deserved to be a matchwinning knock though and but for some shocking batting at the end by teammates it would have been.

    amitrathiv...you have a strange definition of beating/winning if you think India beat Aus in the last series in Aus or SAf in this most recent series??

  • kriskini on February 21, 2010, 1:12 GMT

    Why people still question about India's top rank? They may not be able to stay there for a long time or they might no have beaten Australia in Australia and SA in SA. But in the last decade they played very good cricket. They have beaten pakistan in pakistan, NZ in NZ WI in WI , England in England. They have drawn a series in Australia and England. They won test matches in almost every series.

  • lynds on February 21, 2010, 1:01 GMT

    Sehwag's 293 v Sri Lanka, 284 of it in one day, has to rank as not just the Test innings of the year, but one of, if not THE best innings ever. Have to agree re Sachin's 175 v Aussies, but his 162 not out v NZ was pretty special.

  • kriskini on February 21, 2010, 1:00 GMT

    Sehwag made 293 after Srinlanka scored 393. He scored at such a high reate and turned the match completely and more than just winning the test match India moved to #1 rank. This should have been the best innings of the decade(2000-2009).

  • popcorn on February 21, 2010, 0:25 GMT

    It is shocking that Tendulkar was given the ODI Batting Award. Shane Watson deserved it for his centuries in The Champions Trophy. And Sehwag for best Test performance on a flat batting track? BCCI has arm-twisted the Jury.Sic.

  • SSSO on February 20, 2010, 19:46 GMT

    when any player scores 100 runs and his team loses, he is a vilan in India. i dont think scoring 100 in each ining and losing the game, Hashim Amla will be called vilan in South Africa. it only happens in India. i think this indian people are facing the situation in there Job, like they are doing the hard work but they are not getting promoted. so they are blaming the players who does hard work and all those who does not score they are playing for team. it is like, a solder who fights hard and give his life for contry is a traitor and one who put his tail is hero.

  • kal07 on February 20, 2010, 19:05 GMT

    @ Tassivar, I'm quite dissapointed with you! Your statement clearly shows you don't really look deep beyond your stubborn opinion. "No run in SA", Yeah right! I was batting on a seaming Bloemfontein track on Debut when India was in tatters. Also, Galle 201*, did you really see that innings, the track was MINEFIELD and Murali/Mendis pair took out other Indian batters like 10 pins, him getting 201 out of a team total of 320-odd is nothing great[sarcasm intended, if you don't realise]. Also this particular innings of 293 came against a defensive field, negative line of bowling, thats difficult even on a flat track [btw take a look at Ponting's avg on these flat tracks]. Your problem is your ego, its not letting you appreciate great talent just because you feel he is unorthodox, and when he bats batting seems like a joke. Iit does seem effortless but thats primal talent and be patient, its not his fault India haven't toured recently in SA or AUS. In such prime form he will score anywhere

  • JATPAT on February 20, 2010, 18:14 GMT

    I can't believe Shahid Afridi got an award for bowling in T20. How can a disgraced player get an award for bowling especially when he was caught chewing the ball on TV? UNBELIEVABLE!!!

  • mahakarthik on February 20, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    Anyone who closely watched sachin's approach and body language during the entire course of that innings would not agree that he lacked 'killing instinct'.. just one inopportune shot cannot negate the courage, determination and spirit he exhibited for more than 3 hours.. after all that particular shot he got out off has been very productive on numerous occasions.. And yeah as ns_krishnan says stop telling "When Sachin scores India loses". When he has played his role to perfection how can u even begin to hold him responsible for the defeats? You can neither blame him nor take credits away from him..

  • on February 20, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    Posted by Tassivar on (February 20 2010, 10:40 AM GMT) I'm quite disappointed that the Sehwag defenders cannot actually point to any proper analysis in their defence. His innings quite clearly did not fall into the great category - it was a flat pitch, it had very little impact on the outcome of the match .

    TO TASSIVAR if it was flat pitch how would a team (srilanka) lose by innings there.it was absolute joy to watch that match.Even if it was flat pitch(though it was not) No one will bat like him to score almost 300 in one day.so dont argue that it was flat pitch and sehwag was ordinary

  • shrastogi on February 20, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    I've been watching cricket ever since the beginning of live telecasts in India and find something very wrong when best innings of the year award goes to losing cause. Nothing against Tendulkar but surely losing causes dont make best innings. Winning is paramount in onedayers. That is what we lack in India - the killing instict. Cant say the same for other teams but surely Tendulkar's innings lacked that, the same as Misbah's innings in T-20 world cup final. In the historic SA- Australia match at Joberg does anyone remember that Bracken took 5 wickets , an outstanding effort when bowlers were hit all over place. Did cricinfo recognize that effort ? Surely it didnt as it came in losing cause.

  • ns_krishnan on February 20, 2010, 14:36 GMT

    I just don't know when people are going to stop saying that "When Sachin scores India loses". India were chasing 350 odd and one guys get half of those runs. And the rest are not good enough to get a run a ball in 3 overs .You blame the guy who got 7 an over for 47 overs ? When you compare Dilshan's innings with Sachin's remember that in that Rajkot match Sangakkara got a 90 off 40 odd balls. Sachin did not have such luxury (Yes Raina made a 50 but it was at a slower pace than the required run rate ). And people seem to just switch of their brains when it comes to the Sehwag innings.284 runs in 70 overs of play. You just cannot dismiss that as a flat track innings. He did it against defensive fields and some negative bowling.The sheer volume and rate puts this innings at the top.

  • solangaarachchi on February 20, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    Under any circumstances you can't under estimate Shewg's brutal knock against great Murali and companion. It reminds early days of sanath. So he deserves the award. I too have a question of Gayle's 88 over Dilshan's single handled 96. Sachin's 175 is brilliant. But we know from the past most of Sachin's knock yielded a loss for India rather than a win.

  • davedave on February 20, 2010, 12:57 GMT

    I disagree with Richardsock India haven't lost any test series outside the sub continent in the recent past other than the dodgy series in australia. What did Newzeland do in the recent past against quality opponents ? Absolutely nothing.

  • amitrathivamnicom on February 20, 2010, 12:50 GMT

    mr.richardsock ur enviousness is justified when u says that indian team has a 'maniac fan-base'.......india do hav a enormous fan-base-maniac or not is for not u to decide....and as far as team india's performance goes u must hav forgo while writing that india beat australia in australia at home in tests and in cb series in australia, they beat black caps in both odi's and tests in their own backyard, and now they hav retained their no.1 position by beating mighty proteas..........so i m at loss when i tries to understand the logic behind the comments that u hav made.......

  • byrappagopinath on February 20, 2010, 12:41 GMT

    Virender Sehwag deserves the award for his unorthodox, amazing batting! It's a treat to watch his batting on his day!!

  • spiritwithin on February 20, 2010, 11:49 GMT

    ppl here questioning sehwag's innings as flat track massacre well i wonder how come a team lost by in innings on that flat track??was da pitch a flat track only for sehwag???i guess the answers lies in da question...its like a fashion nowadays for ppl crying and complaining whenever india win matches or indian player win some awards...infact one gentleman had even suggested that indian winning matches were part of a greater agenda or say conspiracy on part of ICC..such a great shame that ppl here dont hav the heart to appreciate others achievement...

  • 6x_CS_King on February 20, 2010, 11:45 GMT

    Many say that India are No1 Team, but i dont think they deserve it ..check cricinfo's statistics awards ... WORST ECONOMY RATE(2009) In 153.5 overs, Ishant Sharma leaked 969 runs, an economy rate of 6.29. He was the only bowler to concede more than a run per ball. Ashish Nehra was close, with an economy rate of 5.92....... Top two are indian bowlers unless this indian team finds a quality paceman many will disagree with the fact that they are no1.....

  • junaid99 on February 20, 2010, 11:30 GMT

    There will always be difference but lets not deride sehwag.I think its because of his fast batting india get ample time to win test matches and any team would take that 293 under any circumstances.Sehwag deserve that award and ODI performance of 43 ball 91 should have been given to sangkara and not sachin for its sheere high strike rate.

  • rustin on February 20, 2010, 11:21 GMT

    Oh come on Sehwag fans, Its BCCI arm twisting isn't it? After all why wouldn't India influence the results to get 2 Pakistani cricketers well deserved awards. Especially as these two countries share such a lovely relationship. Plus it makes the IPL look so much better. :P Seriously speaking anyone who thinks a single award on this list was not deserved then they should go educate themselves about cricket.

  • Tassivar on February 20, 2010, 10:40 GMT

    I'm quite disappointed that the Sehwag defenders cannot actually point to any proper analysis in their defence. His innings quite clearly did not fall into the great category - it was a flat pitch, it had very little impact on the outcome of the match (I mean even Vijay got runs in that match), and the bowling attack was insipid. It was nothing more than a glutton at a free all you can eat buffet. And if this is considered subjective I would suggest the Sehwag supporters take a look at his test record over the last 5 years. At home, on tracks that are invariably slow, he fills his boots. I think it is indicative that his hundreds away from home have come at Adelaide, Gros Islet, Karachi and Galle, four of the slowest tracks in the cricket world. Not a run in England, South Africa or New Zealand. If you want to look at the real Indian hero of recent times, it's Zaheer Khan, consistently getting wickets on those tracks. He has

  • anil80 on February 20, 2010, 10:16 GMT

    all deserving winners,cricinfo should have such awards for Indian domestic performers too

  • DHARAM_INDIAN on February 20, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    Dude CricFan78, dont stop laughing as even I cant stop laughing by seeing people questioning Sehwag's ability. Offcourse no doubt about it that they are Mental guys and have no idea about Cricket. ICCI is not a fool who listed Sehwag as No.1 Test batsman in its rating table. Those who really dont know any thing abt cricket and questioning Sehwag's ability may follow this link http://www.cricinfo.com/ci-icc/content/story/449177.html

  • on February 20, 2010, 9:33 GMT

    Very dissapointed when i hear that Dilshan couldn't take the best t20 performance of the yer.. He is the best t20 batsman without any doubts..

  • haha123456 on February 20, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    The Award to Afridi Justifies the LiveVire exist in Afridi. At the moment, Afridi is the Backbone of Pak Cricket in all the formats. Whenever he Plays , we can see lot of transformation in the team in terms of performance. He should be made as the Pak Captain immediately in all the three formats. I am sure he will be more successful in tests as well once he started playing.

  • on February 20, 2010, 9:08 GMT

    gayle made 165 out of 317.The next highest score was 27.And this was the only test when the aussies were under pressure the whole summer.Trott scored 119 on debut and england were 3/39 at that stage.his innings was responsible for ricky ponting not pocketing that little urn. well its the jury of crcinfo that decided sehwag's is the best of the lot and thats thr opinion. one cant but think wid everything in world cricket revolving around india its invariable that indian cricketers get ths awards notwithstanding the other compelling performances..may be they shud call them Popualrity awards and not best perfomance awards being popualr is one thing, perfoming the best under pressure is another. its a pity that only one country in the cricketing world boasts of one billion ppl support..rest all however well they perform they are but a miniscule part of the universe.. alsothe editor wudnt want to pen another editorial why sachin/sehwag was not chosen wid the ponting issue fresh in memory

  • Richardsock on February 20, 2010, 9:07 GMT

    I agree with the awards, and I thought McCullum and Ryder were superb... before Ryder was injured. I also believe India is the world's most over-rated team. They are rubbish outside of the sub-continent. I put it down to a maniacal fan-base, dead pitches and that every game they play appears to be against Sri Lanka/Pakistan.

  • amitrathivamnicom on February 20, 2010, 9:01 GMT

    well as far as the awrad goes all have gone to the desrving ones.....one thing that can tickle in one's mind is the selection of gayle's 88 ahead of dilshan's 96.......otherwise the choices are perfect,,,,,,,,

  • on February 20, 2010, 8:55 GMT

    hip hip hurray's Thanks for such a brilliant awards.. Gul the best bowler now a days in any cricket format and sachin bhaiiiiiiiii ausome bloSsom................ AFRIDI AND DILSHAN....I think Afridi got it because of his best bowling and some hows unexpected batting................

  • ace_mrf on February 20, 2010, 8:35 GMT

    afridi's ball tempering issue must be swept under the carpet, i wonder why every1 is after him...

  • ubaidawan on February 20, 2010, 7:51 GMT

    I thankful to Cricinfo for awarded Shahid Afridi and Umar Gul only on merit bases it's a big slapped for all franchisees of Indian primer league whose has been neglected world best performer's Pakistani Players.

  • CricFan78 on February 20, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    I cant stop laughing at some people here who are questioning Sehwag's award. When was last time anyone scored 280 odd before next new ball is due on pitches where likes of Ponting cant score a run for last 15 yrs.

  • basshred on February 20, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    Afridi is an amazing cricketer alright but he sometimes does things you wouldn't expect someone of his talent/calibre to do and, in doing so, undermines himself.

  • click2faraz on February 20, 2010, 6:12 GMT

    Afridi is one of the best cricketers in the world. i think we should avoid to critised him for his ball tempering issue.. Iamagine if the team is consistantly loosing it is hard to player like afridi to tollerate, so it is a action of fustration and we should forget it know...

  • on February 20, 2010, 5:55 GMT

    good work by jury.best of luck to the winners.

  • remauld on February 20, 2010, 5:53 GMT

    ya i agree with Peligrosisimo3..... NOT!!!!!!!!! let me guess!!! u r an indian rite??? i think all these awards should go to indians,, then u'll will be happy!! For your info dilshans 96 was scored in a semi final match to reach the finals of the T20 world cup.... He won the match for SL.... Give credit where credit is due......

  • on February 20, 2010, 5:51 GMT

    I think some people are getting it wrong.Why would anyone think dilshan's innings of 160 on a featherbed pitch of Rajkot's small ground better than Sachin's 175 except for disgruntled srilankans.Afridi and Gul deserve their awards handsomely with their brilliant performances in T20 World cup and Sehwag's 293 for sheer audacity too should make the grade.I think Gayle's 88 was no lesser effort than Dilshan's 96.The way he carted Brett lee was exemplary.

  • mandi on February 20, 2010, 5:40 GMT

    Iam totally agree with jury decision.cric pundits always do fair things.taylor performance was outstanding.

  • on February 20, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    Sehwag is just 9 runs short of 7,000 Test runs. If he gets it in his next outing he becomes the joint fastest to reach the landmark (equaling the record of Wally Hammond who also got there in 131 Test innings). :-) got to know that thanks to Cricinfo's Records Page (fastest to 7,000 Test runs). What a player! What a match-winner! Probably India's greatest match-winner ever?

  • jaztech on February 20, 2010, 5:28 GMT

    Actually, Gayle didn't "single handedly won the match for WI". WI didn't win a match against Australia. In fact, Gayle lost the match for the WI by batting on into the 5th day and refusing to declare earlier, therefore depriving the WI a chance to bowl Australia out. The match finished in a whimper as Australia batted out the last day at Adelaide. Gayle might have got lucky with a big-swinging innings but his overall performance in the test was pathetic. His leadership and sportsmanship is a joke. Gayle - the most overhyped cricketer in modern cricket.

  • siddeek on February 20, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    do they forget sangakkara's 91 for 42 ball knock against India when chasing 413 and srilanka loses by just three runs.and do they forget the tilakarathna dilshan's contribution for t20 and he proved he was the best player or batsmen in t20 arena in all match he played and against all countries. jury board must contain the membership from all cricket playing countries.

  • Peligrosisimo3 on February 20, 2010, 4:44 GMT

    What's all the bickering about Gayle winning the T20 performance of the year. Stop trying to trivialize Chirs Gayles innings against Aus. because Dilshan no matter how good he is could and can never dismantle the Aus. side the way Chris Gayle did that day. He single handedly won the match for WI. How can we say that a match against Aus is insignificant. Sometimes by our statements portray our own biases. I am not one to comment on awards but this crying over "Dilshan" just pisses me off.

  • SudheeraLakmal on February 20, 2010, 3:59 GMT

    Why Dilshan's Unbeaten 96 was not chosen. It is the best T20 performance of the last year.

  • rifthimr on February 20, 2010, 3:30 GMT

    dilshan should have got the award for best t20 batsman........

  • FormerMiner on February 20, 2010, 3:12 GMT

    Does anybody care about these awards? There is little to no coverage of this in any mainstream media. Seems like a Cricinfo fancy.

  • on February 20, 2010, 2:40 GMT

    I haven't been following cricket like crazy for some time now but I understand one thing: At the end of the day, putting on a great fighting game is what makes people happy. In all three formats. Cribbing over awards, thus, is pointless. Congratulations to the 'winners' though.

  • gamin on February 20, 2010, 2:30 GMT

    And the best cricket ball bite goes to-Afridi

  • Saiem on February 20, 2010, 2:09 GMT

    Boom Boom Afridi is best in Cricket. Mukthar Ahmad Khokhar

  • tlyall on February 20, 2010, 1:57 GMT

    Didn't Afridi win any award for biting the ball in an ODI??? ;-)

  • Manush on February 20, 2010, 1:46 GMT

    I respect Boycott's comments and views most of the times, and pleased to find again similar thoughts on Sehwag. If this fellow is more judicious he will soon be at the top of the table. All bowlers from the world of cricket are today scared and worried while bowling to him !!. The innings against SriLanka which i watched was totally ruthless and all the players were watching helplessly how he murdered the famous Murli and Company. He is true match Viv.Richards.

  • BeCalmAndSupportEngland on February 20, 2010, 1:39 GMT

    No problems with chris gayle and sehwags awards.but i think dilshans 161 is better than sachins 175.coz the srilankans were chasing over 400 in that time.Also srilnkans almost reached the target.Dont forget Sachin's knock came in a indian ground which means that is a home ground to sachin.But dilshan's innigs came vs india and in india.This is ok if sachin have hit this in a australian ground.

  • faiazuddin on February 20, 2010, 1:20 GMT

    in my opinion, i believe india as # 1, only when they defeat Australia in Australia and South Africa in South Africa and now a days SriLanka in SriLanka.

  • on February 20, 2010, 0:13 GMT

    Hay not that it makes difference but y do u under rate a class bowler in Zaheer Khan. After his return to the international lever there is no looking back. not many do so and he even performed in the domestic to get to this level . Respect the bowler who talks with the ball not his mouth.

  • on February 19, 2010, 23:42 GMT

    He's one of the finest players of Cricket. He's one of those best few, whom I would pay to watch!

    from Pakistan

  • on February 19, 2010, 23:35 GMT

    I am Indian likes Sehwag Batting, but still thinks Gayle's innings should be correct choice. I dont like Sachin batting. If Sachin's 175 not out is better, Dilshan's should have much better, it may because of No SriLankan there in the jury. Both were flat track massacre and favourable conditions. In fact Sachin was not so fighting knock, as he failed many innings before, he was playing for himself, where as Dilshan is playing for the team. Sachin looses interest once he came to know he cannot reach the 200. He was not interested to to take single with Jadeja, he out for bafoon shot. He was just chasing 350 where as Dilshan chasing 414. Money makes the matter, no jury member wanted to be in contraversy, If sachin there and no award means, so called emotional people attack jury. When I am watching cricket, Cricket is first laster India.

  • cabinet96 on February 19, 2010, 23:32 GMT

    dilshan's 96 in the 20 20 deserved to beat chris gayle's 88. it was on a bigger occasion.

  • itsokay on February 19, 2010, 22:56 GMT

    well i dont care who won but like to know why didnt the jury pick dilshan innings.well its seems to be the jury was one sided i think.and Gayle's 165 not 88 have to win i think readers agree with me

  • vissu295 on February 19, 2010, 22:37 GMT

    Nobody deserved the test batting award more than sehwag for the way he treated an all-time great like Muralidharan. It's very interesting that last year too he got the test player of the year award for that 201* knock where he smacked murali all around galle.

  • on February 19, 2010, 21:34 GMT

    What is the basis for selection ofGayle's 88 against Dilshan's unbeaten 96...

    Gayle's inning came in a group match, with plenty of support from the other end. Dilshan's innings was in the semi final with a comparatively stronger opposition in trying conditions, also holding fort while the partners on the other end were making peanuts and were on a semi procession. If such an innings which cleared the path for SL team to reach the finals of World T20 does not desrve the top slot?????.......... (With all due respect to Chis Gayle) I guess this jury would need a miracle if a Sri Lankan is to get it.

    Congrats to all the rest of the recipients on there achivements and a big thank you for the entertainment throughout last year.

  • sharprider on February 19, 2010, 20:10 GMT

    Yes! India did retain the No.1 status, no doubt. But, what is the significance of it if they haven't played against their archrivals, Pakistan in over a year? Regardless of the official status, the reality points towards a void and that is the real 'test' (don't you agree that a Test series against Pakistan should be the Litmus test for India?). I really do believe !

  • cheekycricy on February 19, 2010, 20:07 GMT

    Well, I am a great Sachin fan but I should say that Dilshan's innings against India where they nearly chased 414 was an inch ahead of Sachin's innings against Australia where we nearly chased 360 odd runs.. In terms of quality and amount of pressure both were awesome but since srilanka were chasing 414 odd runs, the pressure on Dilshan was bit more than sachin. But of course Sachin's effort was single handed whereas Dilshan received brilliant support from Sangakkara.. May be Sachin won the battle in this aspect. Well I do not think there is any bias in the awards... Cheers for all the winners.

  • on February 19, 2010, 20:06 GMT

    Being a lover of cricket I hate to say that Afridi the cheater should not even conidered in an type of awards, he was two time found and penalized for his wrong doing. I request the pannel to please take out his name from the list

  • on February 19, 2010, 19:48 GMT

    Indian batting has proved its metal but bowlers have to step up now

  • DjRa on February 19, 2010, 19:43 GMT

    Awarding Afridi is condoning cheating

  • Croc_on_mara on February 19, 2010, 19:35 GMT

    All in all, an excellent choice list indeed! Nice job cricinfo! Not one award that felt undeserved. That said, our sad little neighbours need to start appreciating the fact that when you incessantly fiddle with mediocrity, there is a price to pay, which in this case, is a natural exclusion from the prize list.

  • andy136 on February 19, 2010, 19:03 GMT

    Its ironic that sachin won for an ODI performance and sehwag for a Test performance....but india is riding on thier batsmen's luck in that top test position...they have no quality bowlers

  • minfas on February 19, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    Dilshan won the ICC award for best T20 player. Why wasn't he chosed instead of gayle. Infact Gayle is been selected for the innings he played in T20 world cup 2009, where Dilshan won the award for the innings he played in the same T20 world cup 2009.

    Was Gayle chosed for the innings he played in the first edition of T20 world cup.

  • Monaim on February 19, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    It is very good for Indian Cricket but India need a World class first bowler.

  • on February 19, 2010, 18:39 GMT

    great to hear that now test cricket is recognised and most important in india where cricket is a religion,test cricket is on peak,india n0.1 sehawg no.1,badhe chalo,go india

  • Ramoned on February 19, 2010, 18:31 GMT

    I AGREE WITH ALL THE AWARDS, EXCEPT THE TEST PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR. NOT TO TAKE ANYTHING AWAY FROM SEHWAG MASTER CLASS 293 RUNS BUT I THINK IN THE CONTEXT IN WHICH GAYLE 165 WAS MADE IT WAS THE BEST PERFORMANCE IN MY OPINION. HE REALLY HOLD IS HEAD UP AND SAVE THE GAME FOR THE WINDIES.

  • on February 19, 2010, 18:31 GMT

    it's good for india but unfortenatly we miss world class bowler ( fast bowler )

  • on February 19, 2010, 18:31 GMT

    Its great , viru n sachin in the list . Its sad to see no indian bowlers in there .

  • cse_sahil on February 19, 2010, 18:21 GMT

    @ giribabu I don't know if u follow cricket or not......and if u do then u should not have posted this comment because cricinfo had not made INDIA A NO 1 side in world....they r so because they had performed.......so don't be jealous from it and show some sportsmanship by appreciating good performances..........

  • nafzak on February 19, 2010, 17:51 GMT

    Statistics are for losers. Do they take into account the pitch conditions - batsman friendly or not or the quality of the bowling. There are just too many awards. This is all over kill. It's like the movies... we have Oscars, Golden Globes, People's Choice, etc. etc.

  • on February 19, 2010, 17:41 GMT

    Well I don't know how Gayle's 88 was selected ahead of Dilshan's unbeaten 96...Dilshan's innings was ahead in every aspect like the context of the game etc...He had scored that in the semi-final and took SL to final while Gayle's one came in a group match...Also every other batsmen failed while Dilshan going berserk, but Gayle got a fine support hand from Fletcher,who scored a half century..So all and all Dilshan deserved that award..Nowadays Cricinfo is so biased for India and they felt it's okay to hand over that award to somebody destructed Australia,their main rivals now in Cricket,.Well Other awards as expected went for India..And its fair cause Cricinfo wants to protect their fan base in India.....And another thing is there isn't any Sri Lankan in the jury...that's ridiculous...

  • dr_sachinfan_chennai on February 19, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    Saying Indian Public sentiment means demeaning our Heros. Was there any innings better than that produced by The Master and His Disciple to challenge for awards? Also if Cricinfo had to cash in on Indian Sentimentalism, Afridi and Gul might not be there though they were again unchallenged! Nice Picks! Hats off Cricinfo.

  • on February 19, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    I have no grouse with the two main batting awards; both Sehweg and Tendulkar's individual awards were, as far as I am concerned, unsurprising. Amazing batting exhibitions those two put on.

  • BrianCharlesVivek on February 19, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    Hmm. Another flat track massacre, weak opposition, favourable conditions and an award too for that. I am surprised not to see Dravid s innings a test before, harboring the team to safety from 32/4. My vote would go to the innings of 165, which saved them from the ignominy of beaten all the time in ODI and tests.Sehwag scoring in a flat track and against newcomers is not surprising, whereas WI saving the match with 2 days to go is a rare phenomenon.And Gayle deserves atleast my vote for that :)

  • Piumantha on February 19, 2010, 16:38 GMT

    I think TM Dilshan played the best ODI and T20 innings during the year...

  • on February 19, 2010, 16:23 GMT

    Sehwag and Tendulkar bothe deserved it.. Tendulkar is in his prime form again and what to speak about Sehwag, he is a treat to watch...even listen!

  • spewy on February 19, 2010, 16:02 GMT

    no way should any indian players be in the top ten in test cricket, sorry, but how many tests did they actually play in 2009

  • on February 19, 2010, 15:18 GMT

    Itz very glad 2 see SHEWAG and TENDULKAR, but v miss out in bowling. Hope in 2010 bowelers also 2 be in this list wit them.

  • zoominyogi on February 19, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    i think best innings was by gautam gambhir where he saved a test match..the rest are perfect i guess

  • giribabu on February 19, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    It looks like whole cricket world want to make money from Indian economy. Cricinfo is just trying to make money from Indian viewers by giving all the awards to Indian players.

  • on February 19, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    Pakistanis still leading the bowling category in Limited overs.

  • aaharshvijayan on February 19, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    They really deserve it....Cheers to Cricinfo team for the wonderful work....Really appereciate it....continue the good work..........

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  • aaharshvijayan on February 19, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    They really deserve it....Cheers to Cricinfo team for the wonderful work....Really appereciate it....continue the good work..........

  • on February 19, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    Pakistanis still leading the bowling category in Limited overs.

  • giribabu on February 19, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    It looks like whole cricket world want to make money from Indian economy. Cricinfo is just trying to make money from Indian viewers by giving all the awards to Indian players.

  • zoominyogi on February 19, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    i think best innings was by gautam gambhir where he saved a test match..the rest are perfect i guess

  • on February 19, 2010, 15:18 GMT

    Itz very glad 2 see SHEWAG and TENDULKAR, but v miss out in bowling. Hope in 2010 bowelers also 2 be in this list wit them.

  • spewy on February 19, 2010, 16:02 GMT

    no way should any indian players be in the top ten in test cricket, sorry, but how many tests did they actually play in 2009

  • on February 19, 2010, 16:23 GMT

    Sehwag and Tendulkar bothe deserved it.. Tendulkar is in his prime form again and what to speak about Sehwag, he is a treat to watch...even listen!

  • Piumantha on February 19, 2010, 16:38 GMT

    I think TM Dilshan played the best ODI and T20 innings during the year...

  • BrianCharlesVivek on February 19, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    Hmm. Another flat track massacre, weak opposition, favourable conditions and an award too for that. I am surprised not to see Dravid s innings a test before, harboring the team to safety from 32/4. My vote would go to the innings of 165, which saved them from the ignominy of beaten all the time in ODI and tests.Sehwag scoring in a flat track and against newcomers is not surprising, whereas WI saving the match with 2 days to go is a rare phenomenon.And Gayle deserves atleast my vote for that :)

  • on February 19, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    I have no grouse with the two main batting awards; both Sehweg and Tendulkar's individual awards were, as far as I am concerned, unsurprising. Amazing batting exhibitions those two put on.