Test batting nominees

Rescues by Huss and VVS

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Siddarth Ravindran

January 13, 2011

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VVS Laxman pulls during his match-winning innings, 1st Test, Mohali, India v Australia, 5th day, October 5, 2010
VVS Laxman: a pressure-sponge © Getty Images

VVS Laxman 73 not out v Australia
first Test, Mohali

Three situations in which Laxman loves batting: when the team's in a crisis, against Australia, and in the second innings. All three conditions were met in Mohali, and just to provide an extra challenge, a sore back was hampering his movements. Australia were scenting victory when they had India at 124 for 8, still 92 short. With a dogged Ishant Sharma for company, Laxman set about whittling down the target. Even as the tension ratcheted up, he serenely picked the gaps with his trademark wristiness, or pulled with certainty. The abiding image of the innings will be the usually unflappable Laxman waving his bat and screaming hysterically to admonish last man Pragyan Ojha for not being an alert runner during the tense finale.

Alastair Cook 235 not out v Australia
first Test, Brisbane

All the chatter in the run-up to the Ashes had been about England's perfect preparation for the series and how Australia were in disarray. Three days into the series, an all-too familiar theme played out as Peter Siddle's hat-trick and centuries from Michael Hussey and Brad Haddin had England on the mat. Then something unfamiliar happened: instead of rolling over, England resisted. Alastair Cook was at the forefront of the fightback, as his double-century blunted the Australian attack, which rarely found its mojo again in the series. With the help of centuries from Andrew Strauss and Jonathan Trott, England saved the game and sent out a strong statement. The Ashes could have turned out very differently without Cook's innings.

Azhar Ali 92 not out v England
third Test, The Oval

Pakistan cricket was dealing with what at that point seemed to be its biggest crisis in 2010 - the disciplinary ban that had led to several senior players being banned. A young batting unit was finding the swinging pitches of England troublesome, and had subsided for double-digit totals in the previous two Tests, leading to heavy defeats. Middle-order batsman Azhar, playing only his fifth Test, stepped up to make a determined, unbeaten 92 which steered Pakistan past 300 for the first time in the season. That built the foundation for a win which would raise the spirits of long-suffering Pakistan fans, but the euphoria lasted only a week as the spot-fixing controversy soon brought more despair.

Ian Bell 78 v South Africa
third Test, Cape Town

More than 50 Tests into his career, questions persisted about Bell. Sure he had loads of talent, but did he have the temperament for testing times? Was he a freeloader who cashed in - either against easy opponents or when his top-order mates had already done the hard work? Bell provided the answers with his defining international innings, a near five-hour vigil that helped England pull off their third last-wicket draw in eight Tests. Dale Steyn was producing his unplayable late swing, Morne Morkel his discomforting bounce, and, at times with the spinners, there were eight men round the bat, but Bell doughtily kept them all out till three overs to stumps.

VVS Laxman 103 not out v Sri Lanka
third Test, P Sara Oval, Colombo

India went into the final game of the series trailing 0-1, and missing Zaheer Khan, Sreesanth and Harbhajan Singh. Still, the bowlers did their job and the big names of the Indian batting were left needing 257 in the final innings to level the series. At 62 for 4 early on the fifth day, Indian fans were worrying it would be MS Dhoni's first Test series defeat as captain. They needn't have, not with Laxman around. Combating back spasms, Mendis' googlies, Malinga's mix of yorkers and bouncers, Randiv's bounce, and a testing track, Laxman proved the perfect relaxant for fraying nerves. Sachin Tendulkar did the early groundwork and Suresh Raina provided the finishing touches, but Laxman's 16th Test hundred was the centrepiece.

Michael Hussey 134 not out v Pakistan
second Test, Sydney

Hussey doesn't know when to give up. The team's eight down in the second innings and only 51 runs ahead? Still a chance. Pakistan were sniffing their first victory in Australia in a live Test since the Packer days, but were denied by a scrapping Hussey. He wasn't at his fluent best but he was helped by a placid pitch, some baffling tactics from Mohammad Yousuf - posting eight fielders in the deep to allow singles - and three dropped catches from wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal. The record 123-run ninth-wicket stand with Peter Siddle sparked one of the great Test turnarounds, and settled lingering doubts over Hussey's place in the side.

Hashim Amla 123* v India
second Test, Kolkata

The year 2010 was Amla annus mirabilis, and the high watermark was the Eden Gardens Test in February. Not according to him, though. This is what he said after backing up his first-innings century with an unbeaten eight-hour-and-19-minute epic in the second: "I am feeling tired. I am very disappointed in losing this game. We could have saved it." The series and the No. 1 ranking would have been South Africa's if Amla's team-mates had managed to keep him company for nine more deliveries. The next highest score in the innings was 23, but Amla never looked like getting out, seeing off 53.3 overs in the company of the last three batsmen to nearly consign India to their first home series defeat since 2004.

VVS Laxman 96 v South Africa
second Test, Durban

The top two sides in the world had been bowled out for 205 and 131 on a track Laxman called "one of the most challenging" he had played on in his career. India's top order faltered in the second innings and the series was slipping away when Laxman produced his seemingly customary second-innings gem to defy South Africa's bowlers and put India in control by swelling the lead towards 300. There was some luck involved - a chinese cut just missed the stumps, and several edges fell short - but against the quality bowling of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, and in a match where no one else made a half-century, he made sure he made the most of it. Laxman had already established himself as India's crisis manager, but there were some questions over whether he could firefight outside the subcontinent. Not after this innings.

Michael Hussey once again proved hard to dislodge, Australia v England, 2nd Test, Adelaide, December 3, 2010
Ditto Michael Hussey © Getty Images

Michael Hussey 116 v England
third Test, Perth

Australia had been hammered in the second Test in Adelaide before a magic spell from Mitchell Johnson brought them back into contention in the first innings of the next Test in Perth. But with the home side at 64 for 3, England were clawing back, before Hussey dragged Australia to the verge of a series-levelling win and reacquainted himself with the mountainous numbers he achieved in his Test youth. The standout shot on a tricky WACA pitch was the pull, and he dealt with the short-pitched bowling with a calmness that eluded most of his team-mates.

Virender Sehwag 109 v Sri Lanka
first Test, Galle

Sri Lanka had piled up 520 in the first innings, and India's top order had not started well in reply, with Gautam Gambhir falling in the first over. Rahul Dravid misjudged a run to be dismissed early, and Sachin Tendulkar missed a sweep off a full ball to be trapped lbw cheaply. While those wickets were tumbling, Sehwag was crafting another of his lone-wolf innings, crashing boundaries at will. Malinga and Murali were negotiated without trouble, after which Sri Lanka tried to tie Sehwag up with three men deep on the off side and bowling wide. That didn't stop the runs, three boundaries in four deliveries taking him to a century, which had India sprinting at five an over. His dismissal soon after turned the match, and gave Murali the perfect farewell Test.

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Posted by   on (January 15, 2011, 0:19 GMT)

Tamim Iqbal's twin centuries in England probably deserve a mention ahead of Cook and Sehwag

Posted by   on (January 14, 2011, 18:25 GMT)

Award Goes to Very Very Special Laxman..

Posted by BabaKR on (January 14, 2011, 17:29 GMT)

VVS did this twice with a severe back spasm. He played these knocks mostly with the tail shepherding them extraordinarly well. All the three times it was in the second innings. At Durban his 38 in the first innings was the highest score by a batsmen in both the sides.He definitely desreves to win this recognition.

Posted by Natx on (January 14, 2011, 16:38 GMT)

Alastair cook? Give me a break. The only English batsman missed out on scoring hundreds against aussies this time was Paul Collingwood. Didn't it tell something about the state of Aussie bowling that the centuries were made against? Amla's innings at calcutta is the best other than VVS's classics only due to the fact that VVS efforts featured in the wins. So give it to VVS for 2010. Good efforts from Gayle and Williamson and they deserve a mention for nominations.

Posted by Taranis on (January 14, 2011, 11:22 GMT)

And the award goes to ..... VVS :-)

Posted by eddie1 on (January 14, 2011, 10:20 GMT)

Absolutely ridiculous. The list is biased toward Asian players like Laxman, and is uneducated. Maybe if this list was the Asian batsmen V the White Batsmen, or just segregate the whole bloody lot! Ridiculous. The difference between what Cook or Kallis have achieved this year against any Asian batsmen, bar Tendulkar is just too large to ignore. I could mention individual innings but that would be patronising, because this editor and the other "sub"-editors on Cricinfo are so well informed, aren't they?

Posted by   on (January 14, 2011, 10:19 GMT)

Its definitely gonna be no other then Alastair Cook,, after all he has shown us what he got in a Ashes 2010-11 series.....hammering Aussie bowlers everywhere....Luv u COOK

Posted by ed24 on (January 14, 2011, 8:49 GMT)

I think Laxman should get it, either Mohali or Durban would be equally deserving.

Hussey in Perth was also fantastic, but I don't consider his innings in Sydney as that special considering the amount of chances he gave before he got out.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2011, 6:32 GMT)

according to the match scenario laxman's 96 at durban top the chart...............though all the three above innings are like gems.........

Posted by   on (January 14, 2011, 4:13 GMT)

This award will and should go to VVS Laxman as he has stood tall when other batsmen faltered. He is the core behind India's No 1 test ranking and he is the man for crisis. His three innings which are listed above were master pieces. His contribution was more in all the India's test wins last decade in and out of India. His Innings against Ausies at Mohali is matchless.I wish he gets the award and many more and continue his great form in 2011.

Posted by Hollaz on (January 14, 2011, 3:12 GMT)

McCullum's double ton against India rankes up there.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2011, 3:08 GMT)

it has to be vvs laxman , u hve every reason to vote him and no reason not to

Posted by Aaaaaron on (January 14, 2011, 2:16 GMT)

Laxman and Amla are unstoppable in 2010, Hope both batsmen will continue their form in 2011.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2011, 1:23 GMT)

Very Very Special Mohali innings for sure. If you look at constraints he was facing in that innings- a back injury,batting with a tailender, a difficult pitch and still 92 runs away it has got to be the one.Hussey's innings against Pak comes a close second.

Posted by Aubmic on (January 14, 2011, 1:17 GMT)

To all those wanting Sachin/Kallis innings from Cape Town, that test was played this year (ie.e 2011) so they will be in next year's list! The only Sachin innings that should be on the list is the 200 against Aus, all his others were either in runfests, against Bang, or in a big loss. In fact, I don't thing any innings in big losses should count, Sehwag's innings definitely doesn't deserve to be in this list. The award should probably go to VVS, although which one to choose out of the three is a hard choice! Several players can count themselves unlucky not to be on this shortlist, Gayle, Tamim & Trott come to mind.

Posted by nyroot on (January 13, 2011, 20:11 GMT)

VVS !! 3 Wins, all batting with tail order and when India was in deep deep trouble. Why this arguement? It's VVS Laxman PERIOD !!

Posted by   on (January 13, 2011, 18:56 GMT)

it has to b VVS...!!! actually he's challenging himself!! the one against australia or the other one against south africa...

Posted by   on (January 13, 2011, 18:19 GMT)

Young team no M.Yousuf no Younis khan no Misbah-ul-haq no shoaib Malik, everything was on the shoulders of young Azhar Ali and he played a masterfull innings to a tough english bowling line-up that won the Ashes. His 92 were a match winning performance for sure. one for the future.

Posted by Umamahesh_Srigiriraju on (January 13, 2011, 17:54 GMT)

How can anyone decide which one of those innings from VVS as the best? It's too tough a question to have a straight forward answer. Each of those innings is very very special. It is not hard to fathom where our No.1 ranking would have been without those out of the world efforts from VVS. Hope his back stays in good shape as we need Very Very Stupendous Laxman's services for at least another 3 years.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2011, 17:30 GMT)

My apologies for the oversight. Laxman's century against SL is among the nominees. Also, I agree with people who say that one of Harbhajan's 100s (the first one in my view) and one of Tamim's efforts should be there as well.

Posted by glatman on (January 13, 2011, 17:23 GMT)

Ive gotta hand the best innings of 2010 in my veiw to Amla, obscene innings against India, unbelievable stuff.

Posted by ARad on (January 13, 2011, 17:23 GMT)

As a neutral, I would go for VVS Laxman's 73* for the following reasons. It was in the 4th innings. It was series defining since it deflated the Aussie self-belief (like Cook's innings). It required batting with and guiding the tail which meant the added pressure of making the right decisions regarding when to let the tail-ender to face which bowler since runs were as important as saving the wicket at that time. VVS was in pain throughout the innings so it wasn't just mentally nerve-wracking but it must have been exhausting in every sense of the word. This and innings like Lara's 153* are what people will tell their grand children about if they were lucky enough to catch it (on telly).

Posted by smuttoo on (January 13, 2011, 17:17 GMT)

Sehwag requires even more praise than he gets. A 3-down bat, he was thrown into the deep end - to open the innings against England at the beginning of his test career in the early 2000's. In those days, this normally sounded the death knell of many a fledgling career. Sehwag of course took the bull by the horns... BTW, other makeshift openers of that era include Sanjay Bangar and Deep Dasgupta. Dravid and Laxman also failed as openers.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2011, 17:09 GMT)

VVS man! THREE precious knocks that won India crucial games.. Will be disappointed if he doesn't bag this award..

Posted by smuttoo on (January 13, 2011, 16:57 GMT)

Actually Ishan Sharma not Laxman won India the match against Australia at Mohali. He faced 70% of the balls during their partnership holding up his end every over after a spread out field allowed Laxman easy singles. Laxman is a great batsman who deserves more admiration than he gets but he is always saddled with the tail so I don't even blame him for not refusing singles and not hogging the strike.

Posted by TestOfTime on (January 13, 2011, 16:29 GMT)

@mandelia. Ponting didnt have even 1 memorable innings in 2010. And let me inform you (to your surprise) that Sachin did not score 50 centuries in 2010.

good job cricinfo. These were fantastic innings and made sure the cricket fans stayed true to test cricket. My vote goes to Laxman for either the Lanka or SA innings

Posted by   on (January 13, 2011, 16:21 GMT)

wat abt sachins match saving 207 against srilanka or match winning 214 against australia or kallis match winning 109 against India......they were all gr8 innings also!

Posted by   on (January 13, 2011, 16:11 GMT)

Some players maintain consistency in scoring runs, taking wickets... but the only player, LAXMAN consistently rescues INDIA!!!... This is what actually consistency mean...

Keep going LAXMAN...

Posted by   on (January 13, 2011, 15:57 GMT)

No one else other than VVS and nothing can be compared to his innings...Everything will fall short by a long mile!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Kaikobad.zico on (January 13, 2011, 15:41 GMT)

Very Very Special Laxman, without any doubt..............The century against Srilanka.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2011, 14:44 GMT)

It is VVS....! Not once, he did it thrice!!! All under pressure! Was extremely fortunate to watch all the matches live :)

Posted by SDHM on (January 13, 2011, 14:15 GMT)

Jonathan Trott at Lord's - 184, putting on a partnership of 332 with a no. 9 batsman, when his side were 102-7. Surely has to be considered a contender?

Posted by meeyan on (January 13, 2011, 14:07 GMT)

why is not any 1 of Tamim Iqbal's century in england ??!!?? those r in swinging English condition against English bowlers... & he made it so easy !!!

Posted by Something_Witty on (January 13, 2011, 13:37 GMT)

Gotta hand it to VVS here. That 73 stole the game from us and practically destroyed the self-belief of the whole team. A Very Very Special innings indeed.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2011, 13:27 GMT)

@ paul kallis inning was in 2011, not it 2010

Cant get Sehwag's 109 ahead of Gayle's 300. I admit that under pressure inning counts more but what will you make out of Sehwag's 109? It wasnt a match winning nor brought india an inch closer to safety.

Laxman's 73 seems to win it in my view. Real great innings

Posted by brtboris on (January 13, 2011, 12:33 GMT)

Not saying it is a winner but if a batsman makes 300 i think it should be on this "short" list.....

Posted by   on (January 13, 2011, 12:15 GMT)

The recent century by Kallis vs India when he was injured should definatley be on this list.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2011, 11:19 GMT)

RE: Dhoni_fan_from_a_dada_era - Kallis inns took place in 2011.....maybe next year eh?

Posted by   on (January 13, 2011, 11:18 GMT)

Have to say that Amla's 2nd inns resistance at Kolkata was an amazing inns, his lone battle against the indian attack on a wearing 5th day track being the single most compelling day of test cricket of the year. However, if your looking for a winner, look no further than any of the 3 MATCH WINNING masterpieces VVS came up with.....it really is a complete toss up between the 3 to decide the best one

Posted by   on (January 13, 2011, 11:15 GMT)

Only those who are jalous of Sachin will talk some things silly doubting his contribution. Sachin Scored a 200 against australia which ensured there was no crisis and India WON . In South Africa but for Sachin's extraordinary 146 on the tough Wicket in the first innings India would have lost. So that's purely match saving. Plus, Hundred at Eden - India won the match. Just for Info. Sachin has scored 20 Hundreds in Winning Casues(many more 50's - including the one against Shrilanka in the Same match in which Laxman scored 103) 20 Hundred in Drawn Macthes - Many of those match saving. If latest match with 4th innings Century is to be considered then take the 103 n.o. aginst England when India chased 387 on 5th day. (this was in 2008 - Laxman and Dravid both failed in this innings). I am glad to see Laxman becoming consistant in last year. But Dravid has been a complete failure in S. Africa over the years (avg.29) aginst quality fast bolwing. Laxman and Sachin rock. Dravid is overrated

Posted by   on (January 13, 2011, 10:59 GMT)

VVS any time anywhere pretty obvious

Posted by SDHM on (January 13, 2011, 10:59 GMT)

There are two huge innings missing from this list; Jonathan Trott and Stuart Broad at Lord's against Pakistan. At least one of them should be here in my opinion, in which case I'll go with Trott's. A far better innings in tough conditions than Cook's in Brisbane.

Posted by whackitmaan on (January 13, 2011, 10:24 GMT)

Laxmans 73 batting with Ishanth Sharma and then with Ojha was pure brilliance. He knew Ishanth had to make a small contribution if India had to win that match and so he let him bat in the beggining and later as the target was nearing he did not give Ishanth the strike when johnson was troubling Ishanth. He calculated it to perfection and the scene to remember was him shouting gaalis at ojha for not running. haha hilarious that was . I think it ranks as one of Indias greatest victories. I did not see the McCullm innings. must have been great too. The 73 is by far the best "Rescue"

Posted by   on (January 13, 2011, 10:14 GMT)

VVS & Sachin rocked this year.....

Posted by   on (January 13, 2011, 9:54 GMT)

VVS Laxman 73 not out v Australia first Test, Mohali

Posted by prateek1710 on (January 13, 2011, 9:33 GMT)

sachin playn for a teams purpose is gone now... i dont rembr sachin scoring a hundred which held india win a test match.. dravid was earlier d crisis man n now its laxman.. sachin can go on making records..i think dat is d only thng he is intrstd in... dravid n laxman dont mind bein off d limelight but helping INDIA win....

Posted by mandelia on (January 13, 2011, 9:28 GMT)

Its surprising to not see the names of many who are legends in themselves. 3 names sachin, Kallis and pointing all missing. Not even 1 innings in 50 100s.

Posted by steveoehley on (January 13, 2011, 9:10 GMT)

hahahahaha what a joke. where the hell is Kallis' two centuries in the final test against India, specifically the second innings century. And you put Sehwags 109 hack on a flat track in there. You one eyed people make me laugh. Where is Hussey's 195 for that matter (given that he was on the verge of being dropped and Australia were in trouble).

Posted by   on (January 13, 2011, 9:10 GMT)

It has to be VVS... the Srilanka one being the most difficult...

Posted by Dhoni_fan_from_a_dada_era on (January 13, 2011, 9:05 GMT)

kallis's second innings century at cape town should have been there.

1. laxman 96 2. kallis at capetown 3. Hussey at perth. 4. amla at eden

Posted by rzi-BDML on (January 13, 2011, 9:03 GMT)

Michael Hussey 134 not out v Pakistan is the best of all nominees. he will win the prise, i m sure

Posted by BlorScouser on (January 13, 2011, 9:03 GMT)

VVS played several useful innings this year, but i'd have to rate the 96 at Durban as his best. However, for the best batting performance in tests this year, i nominate Michael Hussey's 134* to be the winner. Amazing comeback by the Aussies thanks to Hussey at a time when they were down and out in the test.

Posted by rzi-BDML on (January 13, 2011, 9:01 GMT)

No doubt Hussy's Century at Sydney agaisnt Pakistan is the best innings of the year. I m sure, he will win this prise

Posted by   on (January 13, 2011, 9:00 GMT)

Laxman is on topppp!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (January 13, 2011, 8:33 GMT)

undoubtedly the all tym Very Very Special innings of 73* by laxman is d best...........

Posted by Fuzzy_Logic on (January 13, 2011, 8:03 GMT)

@ khooper

im talking about the match in chittagong in which barring sachin and sehwag no indian batsman even made 25. India was struggling at 182/7 and if not for sachin there would have been an embarrassing defeat or a draw!

yes its not one of the best but is a rescue act!

gillespies double was probably when I used to wear diapers...this is about 2010!

Posted by   on (January 13, 2011, 7:45 GMT)

Definitely Very Very Special Laxman..

Posted by   on (January 13, 2011, 7:37 GMT)

I so want to say Laxman's innings against the OZ, because of all the drama, tension surrounding that innings.. But it has to be 96 vs Steyn and Morkel..

Dint see Bell's innings but that too might have been a similar one to laxman since he was facing the same bowlers..

Posted by   on (January 13, 2011, 7:02 GMT)

There is not doubt that Laksman 96 will be the best innings . When the next highest score of match in 39 you dont know what else to say...

Posted by crazysloggers on (January 13, 2011, 6:48 GMT)

why keep on wanting sachin in every lists..? sachin cannot finish a game now.. gone are those days..without laxman india would have lost to SA and AUS, so he is indeed the crisis man, not sehwag or sachin.

Posted by KHooper1 on (January 13, 2011, 6:45 GMT)

you really think a century against bangladesh rates a mention in the top 10 innings of the year fuzzy ? remember Jason Gilespie has a double - that also was overlooked.

Posted by redneck on (January 13, 2011, 6:20 GMT)

i feel the award should be given to a innings which shapes a test victory. amla's was impressive but it didnt quite achieve the desired outcome. laxman gets my vote for his innings in the 2nd test in SA. difficult for batting and the best quick in the world bowling, laxman made it look easy + won the match for india.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2011, 6:15 GMT)

well, the list definitely lackks some great innings. Kallis's 2nd innings century against india, Tamim Iqbal's century at lords & McCullum's 225 should have enlisted here.....

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (January 13, 2011, 6:04 GMT)

2010 Year belongs to Laxman for his three great innings.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2011, 6:00 GMT)

1. VVS Laxman 96 v South Africa second Test, Durban

2. Michael Hussey 116 v England third Test, Perth

Posted by infaz9999 on (January 13, 2011, 5:59 GMT)

yeah for sure @nzcricket gayle's 333 should be it is one hell of a innings!

Posted by   on (January 13, 2011, 5:59 GMT)

1. VVS Laxman 96 v South Africa second Test, Durban

2. Michael Hussey 116 v England third Test, Perth

Posted by   on (January 13, 2011, 5:28 GMT)

VVS wins hands down. He has bailed India out so many times.

Posted by Jakkammadasku on (January 13, 2011, 5:21 GMT)

hmmm Sachin scores 7 100s and 1500+ runs in the year and somehow not an innings worth mentioning for the author. laxman is the crisis man. great. somehow u forget if he scored a 50 in the first innings, we wouldn't have been in crisis. the 100 against srilanka gets a mention where viru got a 100 in the first, raina got a 50 in the first and 40 in the second and sachin the other way round. we won with enough wickets in hand and still that is called crisis. what different was it from sachin's 50 against australia in the second test?

Posted by   on (January 13, 2011, 5:19 GMT)

Azhar Ali will be the best inning, in terms of crises faced by country cricket and team was under huge pressure, Azhar will be powerful future middle order of pakistan test squad.

Posted by Fuzzy_Logic on (January 13, 2011, 5:12 GMT)

I think there should be a mention of sachin's century against bangladesh and in first test against sa recently, kallis hundred in the third test match second innings, stuart broad and trotts century in lords test against pak, laxman's 90 odd and bhajjis century in the newzealand test....

looks like this has been the year of rescues!!!

Posted by   on (January 13, 2011, 5:11 GMT)

Tamim Iqbal is the best for the Hundred against England in Lords this year!!!!!!!

Posted by Micgyver on (January 13, 2011, 4:58 GMT)

I agree with Mark.Although i would vote for Amla's innings.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2011, 4:56 GMT)


Im a kiwi and while McCullums ton was quite good and could warrant an inclusion, Williamsons was nothing special. What I am quite surprised about is Tamin Iqbals exclusion from the list

Posted by randommagician on (January 13, 2011, 4:53 GMT)

Got to be Cook or Laxman's 73*: very different innings from very different players but equally as important. Innings on the list such as Azhar Ali's and Sehwag's, as well as suggestions like Williamson's impressive debut knock and McCullum finally maturing; the difference is that the first two innings were perfomed under great pressue, in a match between 2 of the best 3 teams in the cricket world currently. It's a lot more difficult to make runs in that situation so I think these 2 batsmen deserve great respect.

Posted by WI-NZ-SA-ENG on (January 13, 2011, 4:47 GMT)

Yah Chris Gayle's 333 & Brendon McCullum's should have been on here too although gayle's effort was first innings and he had ample support but MCCullum?

Posted by   on (January 13, 2011, 4:37 GMT)

By not including McCullums double ton and Williamson's ton makes this a farce.

Posted by nzcricket174 on (January 13, 2011, 4:37 GMT)

For me it would have to be VVS Laxman 73* at Mohali or Hashim Amla 123* at Kolkata. Also Kane Williamson's century on debut, Chris Gayle's 333 and Brendon McCullum's 225 should all be on here.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2011, 4:30 GMT)

What about Sachin's 203 (SL) or 214 (Aus)

Posted by   on (January 13, 2011, 4:14 GMT)

no sachin on d list...his innings against australia of 214 shld be mentiond....

Posted by   on (January 13, 2011, 4:11 GMT)

It is VVS Laxman. Pick any one of the innings :-). Personally, I like the Durban one the most.

Posted by jonesy2 on (January 13, 2011, 4:00 GMT)

calm down people these, im guessing, wont be the only ones

Posted by jargan83 on (January 13, 2011, 3:58 GMT)

Alister Cook's 235 by far. The summary provided sums it up. After being knocked down in the first innings the English drew a line in the sand in that second innings

Posted by   on (January 13, 2011, 3:55 GMT)

Better batting out there than some of those mentioned above ....

Posted by   on (January 13, 2011, 3:53 GMT)


Posted by   on (January 13, 2011, 3:51 GMT)

if this award is for a test batsman then no one deserve it more the AMLA or COOK. and they have only one nomine each its a shame. both have saved and won matches for there teams. i dont think anyone else sederve it.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2011, 3:43 GMT)

Fail for not having Gayle or McCullum...

Posted by   on (January 13, 2011, 3:43 GMT)

........undoubtedly VVS Laxman!

Posted by   on (January 13, 2011, 2:40 GMT)

Has to be either one of Laxman's knocks or Amla's Kolkata 100. Infact they missed Laxman's 100 against Sri Lanka.

Posted by Dod101 on (January 13, 2011, 2:37 GMT)

Chris Gayle's 333 and Brendon McCullum's 225 should both be on here.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2011, 2:36 GMT)

Thought Kane Williamson would get a mention. 130 on debut, youngest NZ debut century and against the #1 team in the world in Indian conditions. Not a bad effort.

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