ODI batting nominees

White's muscle, Tendulkar's record

Tendulkar's incredible feat dominates a shortlist full of thrilling displays

Siddarth Ravindran

January 14, 2011

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Sachin Tendulkar takes over the front pages after scoring the first ever 200 in ODI history, February 25, 2010
Double-hundred? It's just about striking the ball well © Getty Images

Cameron White 105 v Pakistan
first ODI, Brisbane
Long lauded as a huge talent, White has finally started delivering on a regular basis for the one-day side. After starring roles in series wins in England and India, he made over 50 for the first time in home ODIs to drag Australia to victory. Chasing 275, Australia had slid to 84 for 3, and were up against a potent attack in Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif, Naved-ul-Hasan, Shahid Afridi and Saeed Ajmal on a quick and bouncy track. White's muscular century, though, flattened Pakistan, and Australia eased home with five wickets remaining. The highlight of the innings was three consecutive leg-side sixes off Afridi in the 41st over.

Sachin Tendulkar 200 not out v South Africa
second ODI, Gwalior
A barrier that had not been breached in 2961 one-day internationals finally fell in this one, and it was fitting that the batsman with the most ODI runs became the first to get to 200 in an innings. Just how extraordinary Tendulkar's innings was can be gauged from the fact that he had already reached 191 by the end of the 45th over, and was able to cruise to the landmark despite facing only nine deliveries out of the last 30. It was a flat track and the boundaries were short, but the innings came against a top bowling attack, and it was a chanceless effort. Tendulkar retained his trademark modesty at the end, saying he had been seeing the ball and striking it well.

Hashim Amla 129 v West Indies
fourth ODI, Dominica
Early in his career Amla was seen as something of a Test specialist. But over the last two years he has shown he can score at the pace demanded by the limited-overs game, so much so that he ended 2010 as the leading run-getter in one-dayers. The series against West Indies was his finest, and in it he pillaged 402 runs in five matches, including 129 in the fourth ODI, which helped South Africa chase down 304. Using his usual array of conventional risk-free strokes, he paced his innings according to the match situation and got to his century. He was battling exhaustion towards the end of his innings, which ended when he weakly scooped a ball to mid-off, so tired that he could barely walk off the ground.

Shahid Afridi 109 v Sri Lanka
first ODI, Dambulla
Pakistan cricket was going through a crisis, with several of their senior players banned due to disciplinary trouble. Afridi was put in charge of a revamped side and he responded with his finest and most mature innings. Don't go by the strike rate of 143.42 or the seven sixes or the demolition of Muttiah Muralitharan (51 off 25 balls), this was every bit a batsman's knock, not a happy hitter's. When he walked in, the game was nearly gone, with four wickets down for 32 in the 14th over. He smacked the first two pitched-up balls for six, and then put on an exhibition of calculated hitting. He was hindered by cramps - groaning in pain after every ball when nearing his century - but dragged Pakistan to within 38 of victory before falling to a catch for the ages from Kumar Sangakkara.

Eoin Morgan 103 not out v Australia
first ODI, Southampton
It took England until the seventh and final ODI to beat Australia in 2009; nine months later Morgan produced his best one-day international innings to ensure they would start the series on a high. After 25 overs of the chase, there was little to separate the sides, before Morgan's dazzling 103 made the difference. It was a wonderful innings from Morgan, who could do no wrong. He struck 16 boundaries and they came all around the ground, with drives, cuts, pulls, reverse sweeps, glances - all perfectly placed. No other batsman throughout the day found similar touch. He drove England home with four overs to spare, by which time the only point of interest was whether he had enough runs to chase to reach his hundred.

Shakib Al Hasan 106 v New Zealand
fourth ODI, Mirpur
A dominant all-round performance from Shakib helped Bangladesh secure a historic series win in Mirpur, their first against a top-flight opposition. Shakib's fifth ODI century rescued the home team from the depths of 44 for 3 and lifted them to a formidable 241. He came to the crease with his team struggling, but combined well with Imrul Kayes to take the hosts out of immediate danger. He then posted half-century stands with Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah as Bangladesh recovered well. Shakib scored at around a run a ball throughout his innings, piercing the off-side field with surgical precision early on, but relying more on deft dabs and sweeps as he went along in the energy-sapping Mirpur heat. The next highest score in the innings was 37.

Angelo Mathews 77 not out v Australia
first ODI, Melbourne
Mathews and Lasith Malinga produced one of the great one-day international fightbacks to clinch an improbable victory for Sri Lanka, extending Australia's losing streak to six international games since July. The visitors seemed destined for a humiliating loss when they crashed to 107 for 8 chasing 240, but Mathews and Malinga kept fighting, spurred on by noisy support from a crowd dominated by Sri Lankan fans. Mathews was the architect of the comeback. His 84-ball innings included eight fours and one six and was defined by a regular pinpointing of gaps in the field. He struck the ball cleanly all through, and almost never looked in danger of losing his wicket.

Cameron White 89 not out v India
second ODI, Visakhapatnam
Michael Clarke and Michael Hussey revived Australia from 16 for 2 with a 144-run third-wicket stand. They couldn't switch to top gear, though, and after 45 overs Australia were at an unthreatening 205 for 3. All that changed as White showed off his lethal hitting skills, laying into seamer R Vinay Kumar in particular. White belted six sixes and four fours in the final five overs to rocket Australia to 289. White himself moved from 25 to 89 in that period. The highlights were the sixes off the last two deliveries: one a brute-force hit over midwicket and the other an all-timing flick over the same area.

Abdul Razzaq celebrates an unbelievable victory, Pakistan v South Africa, 2nd ODI, Abu Dhabi, October 31, 2010
It ain't over till Razzaq says it is © AFP

Abdul Razzaq 109 not out v South Africa
second ODI, Abu Dhabi
Fifty-three needed off four overs. Seven wickets down. Time to switch off the TV? Not if Razzaq is around. He produced one of his game-stealing specials to haul Pakistan to a series-levelling victory. It was scarcely scriptable, and only when Razzaq hit his tenth six in the last over, slogging Albie Morkel over midwicket to end an unimaginable frenzy of power-hitting, was a Pakistan win even worth contemplating; until then he had played to a backdrop of impending, imminent doom. The 47th over, bowled poorly by Charles Langeveldt, was pivotal. Razzaq launched a sequence of length balls for three sixes. With 25 needed from 12, Langeveldt was lofted down the ground and then pulled with cartoonish violence to midwicket. By the time Razzaq had taken the 14 needed off the last over he had scored 63 of the last 65.

Virender Sehwag 110 v New Zealand
sixth ODI, Dambulla
On a tricky, bowler-friendly pitch, where most of his team-mates struggled to get bat on ball, Sehwag appeared to be playing on a typical run-filled subcontinental one-day track, making a match-winning century that carried India into the final of the tri-series. Sehwag played the first few overs cautiously, and it wasn't until the fifth that he opened out, smashing three consecutive boundaries off Kyle Mills. After that, he was collecting fours all around, even while he was losing partners. MS Dhoni then provided support, holding up one end as Sehwag took apart the bowling at the other. Sehwag had back problems by the time he got to his century and holed out to midwicket. His tally in the series till then was 240; the next Indian in line had made 73.

Virat Kohli 118 v Australia
first ODI, Visakhapatnam
India's top order was set in stone but middle-order slots were still up for grabs when Australia came visiting in October. Kohli chose the only game of the series that wasn't washed out to push himself to the front of the queue, making a mature, match-winning century to end a poor run of form. India had been set a stiff target of 290 and had stumbled to 35 for 2, but with the help of Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina, Kohli put his side back on track. He was watchful early on, and only after reaching his half-century did he open out with a flurry of fours. There was another burst after he posted his hundred, which shut Australia out of the game.

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Posted by Rakib_BD_Tiger on (January 17, 2011, 18:03 GMT)

Shakib is the best... ...

Posted by   on (January 16, 2011, 19:58 GMT)

With all due respect to Sachin this award should be Razzaq's as his performance was beyond imagination. The 200 mark is special but it will be broken soon enough whereas Razzaq's innings was one of a kind. I have never seen power hitting of that sort before!! Add to that the pitch, size of the ground and other factors, Razzaq's innings does come up best.

Posted by brsw on (January 16, 2011, 18:46 GMT)

Little master innings first...then Razzaq's

Posted by Indiasmells on (January 15, 2011, 16:53 GMT)

Razaaq's was FAR better, and in more testing conditions. THink about: Tendulkar opened the batting in the first innings, on a home pitch, flat track. The ground was just about the smallest i have ever seen. Razaaq played under immense pressure, batting second, under lights, in foreign territory. He also had no stable partners, wickets were falling all around him. No doubt about it

Posted by   on (January 15, 2011, 13:48 GMT)

Razzaq innings was out of the world. For sure i will go with Razzaq.

Posted by Ausman on (January 15, 2011, 12:46 GMT)

@Nikhil Desai , the big reason is that razzaq's innings just looked better, razzaq was in miles more pressure than tendulkar . TENDULKAR PLAYS FOR HIM SELF! :D HIS INNINGS WAS THE BEST EVER CENTURY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by atthipatti on (January 15, 2011, 10:22 GMT)

White's 109 was good to watch!!! However we have had to witness hundreds of such innings in ODI's history. Anybody here who says Mathew's innings of 77* is the best, please tell me what kind of pressure you have when your team was reeling at 107/8? Razzak's was far more better. But the winner is gonna be the 200* one!!!!!!

Posted by   on (January 15, 2011, 9:01 GMT)

tendulkar all day every day

Posted by Quazar on (January 15, 2011, 8:31 GMT)

Absence of Dale Steyn (also Kallis) in the Abu Dhabi ODI has to be kept in mind. It is a little easier to smash Albie Morkel around in the death overs than the best fast bowler in the world. And remember that Tendulkar negotiated Steyn & co. with the new ball and the old ball.

Posted by Quazar on (January 15, 2011, 8:30 GMT)

Absence of Dale Steyn in the Abu Dhabi ODI has to be kept in mind. It is a little easier to smash Albie Morkel around in the death overs than the best fast bowler in the world. And remember that Tendulkar negotiated Steyn & co. with the new ball and the old ball.

Posted by   on (January 15, 2011, 6:36 GMT)

RAZZAQ's anyday!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by MZHBD on (January 15, 2011, 4:27 GMT)

The best thing about Tendulkar's innings is that it is the first (and to date the only) innings of 200, but other batsmen also dominated the bowling that day. Razzaq's innings was under pressure and for what seemed a lost cause, and was the only reason Pakistan won that match. It would be a close call, but the impact on the result should also be taken into consideration. I would go for Razzaq as he changed the result single handedly.

Posted by masteraneesh on (January 14, 2011, 22:48 GMT)

Anyone can score a hundred. But a DOUBLE? THE BEST OF ALL.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2011, 22:03 GMT)

razzaq all da way...dis is da easiest of all!!!under pressure single handed match wining innings...not like sachin's selfish batting singles in da slog overs to reach is double hundred!!!

Posted by khurramsch on (January 14, 2011, 21:10 GMT)

my short listing is tendulkar, razak, & shakib's

Posted by   on (January 14, 2011, 20:06 GMT)

Tendulkar was best, WHY? We must ask ourselves few question. Is it harder to get 109 or 200? Is it hard to come in as an opener and stay till the end of the innings or come in a situation where you have no option but to hit out? Which game had a better bowling attack? Look at Steyn's and Parnell's figure, especially when during that time Parnell was on fire. Steyn went wicketless for 89 and Parnell went for 95. Not to mention Kallis was also in bowling attack against Tendulkar and went for 44 in 5 overs. There's only one clear winner, Tendulkar. Razzaq innings was under tremendous pressure also and was a fine knock, but to get to 200 is kind of difficult, especially when you're 37.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2011, 20:05 GMT)

While I am sure all the hundreds listed here are special in their own way, when the master blaster becomes the first to score 200, there is no need to have other nominees listed.

Posted by Madih on (January 14, 2011, 20:04 GMT)

It all depends who is sitting on the jury. If it is Sanjay manjraker then surely tendulkar's 200 will be declared the best.however if there is an impartial jury then Razzaq's innings would be declared the best.

For me Razzaq's innings was special for the following reasons: 1it was played when everybody had declared that is was a lost cause for him to play. 2it was scored in second innings meaning one has to keep up with the asking run rate. 3there were no small boundaries. 4and had there been Steyn, things would have been the same as they are at this point in time. the bowling line was not mediocre as some people have been saying. charl langeveldt, tsotsobe and morkels are no tom, dick or harry. 5. razzaq's strike rate(151) was far better than sachin's(136)

Posted by Stark62 on (January 14, 2011, 19:11 GMT)

It has to be between Sachin and Razzaq!

Posted by venbas on (January 14, 2011, 18:23 GMT)

This should be the easiest of decisions for the jury i suppose. Sachin's knock was truly special as a first-of-its kind effort. Any day a White/Afridi/Sehwag/ Razzaq/Yusuf may chance their arms and get a blazing 50 or 100. But to do that against top notch opposition all the way to get 200 is something extradinary. For those who try to take it easy on the pitch, please note that there has been 3000 ODI's some of them involving the strongest teams versus Weakest on the flattest of pitches. Even in such lopsided scenarios, the 200 record has never been broken. For that acheivement alone, Sachin deserves the ODI innings award. Heck in future, this could well be judged the ODI innings of century/all-time award.

Posted by zack11 on (January 14, 2011, 18:02 GMT)

great innings by razzaq against morkel and langevelt( who is one of the best death bowlers)....great effort by sachin but razzaq innings was under extreme pressure...so it has to b razzaq innings

Posted by masteraneesh on (January 14, 2011, 17:58 GMT)

SRT 200* has to be the best

Posted by   on (January 14, 2011, 17:07 GMT)

sachin 200 is the best innings ever

Posted by LordOfCric on (January 14, 2011, 17:06 GMT)

With all due respect to all the batsmen who played extraordinary innings in 2010, but for me The Razzak inning was best of all. The way he scores those runs brutally, the way he takes away the match from SA was unbelieveable. I am South African and die hard fan of SA, but i must admit that it was na inning i dnt think ianybody can play like this again..... Sachin 200 was also not any less than Razzak's inning, but do keep in mind that others have also reach to 194 a player like Coventry & Saeed Anwar..... Jayasuriya, Sachin, Dhoni, Sir Viv they all have scored close to 200, But razzak innings ,when pak was on the verge of losing tht match, turned the table around and was best of best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by vdoul123 on (January 14, 2011, 16:57 GMT)

I think Sehwag's 110 is the best of them all. Consider this - the top 8 of Indian line up and top 8 of Kiwi line up scored a combined 116 in 283 balls and all of them were out. Sehwag alone scored 110 in just 93 balls. He was clearly playing in a parallel universe.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2011, 16:50 GMT)

I would make it a tie between Sachin's 200 and Razzak's 109. Boy, what an innings Razzak played that night. Won the match for Pakistan single handedly! It was just out of the blue. I remember self-imposing not to watch Pakistan's matches after spot-fixing scandal but it took this special innings from Razzak for me to revive my decision!

Sachin's innings is no less, the way he smothered SA bowlers is a moment to remember. He has done what hasn't done before. a double century and that too at an age of 35+. a tribute to his class, temperament, fitness and skill.

Posted by vumpire-republic on (January 14, 2011, 16:16 GMT)

3 sensational knocks by Tendulkar, Razzaq and Matthews! Hard to decide...but I give it to Tendulkar as he had to open against Dale Steyn (who dismissed Sehwag cheaply) and because the knock led to a series win for India against a powerful Proteas side. But all 3 efforts defied belief!

Posted by Quazar on (January 14, 2011, 16:08 GMT)

Amazing knock by Razzaq! But he just loses out to Tendulkar for me because that game in Abu Dhabi did not feature SA's 1st string attack, whereas Tendulkar's World Record came against Dale Steyn & co. But some pretty amazing knocks on this list...so kudos to all the batsmen.

Posted by Dr.K.H.Iyer on (January 14, 2011, 15:47 GMT)

Sachin's 200* is easily the best! There have been flateer tracks and very bad bowling attacks as well! But the fact that it was made after almost 3000 ODI's and nearly 35 years of the format speaks volumes about it! SA chased 434 to win against SA: That is the flat track but here they crumble for less than 250! So Sachin's innings is the best!

@ROLAYH : Well Kapil scored 175*, i dont remember Imran ever making such an impact with the bat! Bowling: Imran was better but not as much as stats suggest! Imran had good company with the ball: Sarfraz Nawaz and Wasim Akram! Kapil is really good but yeah Imran is ahead! Still I would rate Lance Kluesner ahead of both of them( IN ODI's of Course)

Posted by   on (January 14, 2011, 15:30 GMT)

its sachin's double ton without any doubt

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

So many people ask 1 question why sachin never plays under pressuer? ans: bcoz for india under pressure situation comes when he gets out for example when he played with dhoni in 1st test 2 innings aginst SA it was great 177 run partnership for 7th wicket but never looked pressure sitiuation but if there was laxman and he would have hited 111 not out it would have been called great innings under pressure.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2011, 15:05 GMT)

200 with that strike rate is amazing, but I have to hand it to Razzaq. The match was over the only option was to keep hitting sixes and to retain the strike, and he did it singlehandedly.

Posted by Deepkar on (January 14, 2011, 15:00 GMT)

I think yusuf pthans 100 against NZ also deserves mention but award goes to master blaster, though razaks inning was also very good.

Posted by Deepkar on (January 14, 2011, 14:57 GMT)

There r so many bang bang 100s in odis, so Many back to the wall 100s r also there but only one 200 may be on flat track but chancless and against most potent attack in world, there r so many flat tracks in world and so many batsmans played so many innings on them but only one 200 batsman was cramping all over but never asked for runner. this innings deservs this award.

Posted by vparisa on (January 14, 2011, 14:50 GMT)

Razzaq's was the best innings without a doubt, but Sachin's was no less considering he did it against Steyn/Morkel. Also it was a first double. The award should go to both Sachin and Razzaq

Posted by AP_88 on (January 14, 2011, 14:36 GMT)

I would rate Razzaqs 109 (off 68 deliveries) as the best innings this year. Innings are defined by the pressure they are made under, the opposition and whether it led to a victory. In second place would be A. Matthews 77. They aren't many innings which will be better than an ODI double century but i think the two mentioned above were.

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

Sachin for the second year in a row!! Razzaq, Afridi and Matthews also played great knocks though. Esp the two Pakistani batsmen carried their sides singlehandedly close to victory. Razzaq achieved it while Afridi fell short. But when will we see 200 again?T

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

Sachin's double, no question about it.

Posted by dyogesh on (January 14, 2011, 13:11 GMT)

Any other year, Razzaq or Sachin would have won the award hands down. Razzaq's was a blinding innings but a 200 cannot be neglected especially when one gets it with such ease as Sachin did. Though i am a Sachin fan to the core, my vote goes to Razzaq considering the context of the match and the series. It would not have made so much difference to India's result if Sachin had finished 20-30 runs short but Pakistan needed every run and minute of Razzaq.

Posted by ram_jambun on (January 14, 2011, 12:28 GMT)

Angelo Mathews definitely. His knock came along with malinga and the rest of the tail. Tendulkar's score was not in nearly as much of a pressure situation as mathews.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2011, 10:45 GMT)

Close 2nd goes to Razzaq - it was one of the most memorable innings.. Sachin is the winner since it has never been done before and very hard to repeat too. Mathews did well but he has more time and his innings is more about control and patience.

Posted by Fuzzy_Logic on (January 14, 2011, 9:00 GMT)

Sachin's 200, razzak's century and angelo matthews 77 are equally amazing according to me,,,,sachin's 200 because no one had done it before....razzak's century because he made pakistan win from almost impossible situations....and matthews 77 with taileneder also needs mentioning as it was against pressure situations...

i believe both sachin's 200 and razzak's century are once in a lifetime innings...

btw i think even yusuf pathan's century against new zealand should be mentioned in nominations.....

Posted by ed24 on (January 14, 2011, 8:39 GMT)

I agree that it should be a tie between Tendulkar and Razzaq.

Both were stunning performances, and I think it would be too difficult to decide between them .

Posted by Shahadat52 on (January 14, 2011, 8:24 GMT)

This is basically just a choice between two nominations. Sachin's 200 and Razzaq's Difficult match winging 100. I would go for Sachin's double, because history was created, altthough full credit should be given for a great innings by Razzaq Bcz of "Razzaq is Special One"

Posted by ROLAYH on (January 14, 2011, 7:07 GMT)

Considering the situation of the match, A. Razzaq's inning is the best among the lot. However 200 inning though is notable as a first double hundred of ODIs. Although pitch condition and match situation nothing were that challenging...but looking at the best team choosen through ICC polling on best team (with Sehwag as opener and Kapil preferred over Imran) I believe this will be unjustly awarded to Sachin

Posted by hacking_tj on (January 14, 2011, 6:55 GMT)

200 ODI w/o a doubt,Tendulkar wins it

Posted by   on (January 14, 2011, 6:53 GMT)

A tough one between Razzak and Tendulkar.. Let's see :)

Posted by Something_Witty on (January 14, 2011, 6:50 GMT)

Aayush Bahety, there is no such thing as a testing pitch in India. The 175 was made on a road similar to the one he made 200 on, in a 350 plays 350 game... I'm with Tyler Hannigan in that I think innings under extreme pressure, in dire situations etc. are the best, because the greatest players perform under such pressure, and legends are born in circumstances like that.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2011, 6:31 GMT)

Where do I see Tendulkar's masterly 175 against Australia on a presure coker situation.Why was that one omitted? It is just unpardonable offense

Posted by   on (January 14, 2011, 6:21 GMT)

im completely agree with akshay4india' view............in past we saw many batting friendly pitches but hw many times a batsman crack a score of 200 !!!!!!!!!! sachin's 200 was vs south africa(the best bowling unit of d world for the instance). razzaq comes close with 2nd in the race.......................

Posted by nzcricket174 on (January 14, 2011, 6:20 GMT)

For me it is either Tendulkar's 200* against South Africa or Angelo Mathews 77* against Australia. Angelo Mathews resurrected an innings from 8-107 to chase down 239. Mathews not only scored those 77 runs but he also controlled the strike perfectly. Tendulkar's innings was magnificent but I really do have to give it to Angelo Mathews. Watching both on TV, the Angelo Mathews innings felt more special. Note this is not a biased opinion as I am a New Zealander.

Posted by redneck on (January 14, 2011, 6:18 GMT)

has to go to tendulker for a double century surely!!! matthews innings at the G was also impressive as australia look set to win the match, and instead lost the series because of that innings

Posted by   on (January 14, 2011, 6:13 GMT)

Tie between Razzq and Tendulkar. Razzaq pulled of the impossible. Tendulkar conquered the unreachable. They both equally deserve it. Has to be a tie. A single winner would be deserving but that would be unfair to the other effort.

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (January 14, 2011, 6:13 GMT)

I think Sachin 200, Razzaq 109 and Hussey 60 in T2020 were the best innings of this years limited over cricket. Sachin was master class Razzaq was brutal with towering sixes, only he can do that. Hussey did what make me believe that cricket is extremely unperdictable. It was unabelievable to score 60 runs in 16 balls. How could you do that.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2011, 5:44 GMT)

Mercurial effort from Tendulkar and Herculean effort from Abdur Razzaq.....both of them deserve the top spot for different reasons. But spare a thought for Afridi's 100, although in a losing cause. It was an injured, battered man against a full strength Sril Lankan side. Pakistan were losing before he came to the crease, and lost after he left the crease. It was Afridi all the way in between. Great character shown by the Pakistan Captain!

Posted by __PK on (January 14, 2011, 5:37 GMT)

I agree with Something_Witty. It would be a shame if some frankly astonishing innings were ignored in the light of the populist 200. Razzaq's is the knock for me, or possibly Mathews' or White's. Something about bringing your side home from an impossible position can't be matched by a first innings knock on a flat track, under no pressure, no matter how many you make.

Posted by Nipun on (January 14, 2011, 5:33 GMT)

Sachin's 200 would have been a shoe-in for the award had Razzaq not played one of those all time great knocks.It has to be Razzaq's innings.Once again,the nominations leave a lot to be desired.Cameron White's 89 against India was good,but it is going way over the roof if it is mentioned for an award.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2011, 5:32 GMT)

@Aayush Bahety

Tendulkar's 175 were scored in 2009 I believe.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2011, 5:29 GMT)

IMO, Cameron White deserves it simply because he does it once in a while, whereas Sachin can do it more often

Posted by   on (January 14, 2011, 5:23 GMT)

@ Ayush Bahety :- Sachin's 175 was in sept/oct 2009..so it doesnt qualify to be nominated this year..and if i recollect properly..it was actually rated the best ODI innings of 2009.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2011, 5:19 GMT)

Sachin without a doubt! If not anything the fact that 200 was scored for the first time ever by a single batsman against the likes of Steyn & Co.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2011, 5:17 GMT)

All the listed performances are excellent.but tendulkar's 200 and Razzak's 109 are standout performances

Posted by sidzy on (January 14, 2011, 5:16 GMT)

eoin morgan's innings under pressure was the best

Posted by shrastogi on (January 14, 2011, 4:49 GMT)

Tendulkar's 200 stands out as it came in a win and for being first to reach this milestone though in afew years people may not remember this feat as others would follow suit if same set of ODI rules are continued.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2011, 4:34 GMT)

Have to agree with Something_Witty, Cam's hundred was the best I've seen him bat (better than that unbelievable 89 against India because we've known his ability to do that since he started). This innings proved that he had the temprament for Int. cricket and the brains that he showed in guiding the chase made everyone sit up and take notice of a very good and smart cricketer. However, Tendulkar will win it, and I'm not saying that he dosen't deserve it, I watched the innings and it was brilliant. People say that it was the best ODI innings of all time, I tend not to agree only because their have been so many great innings played and the better ones are the ones played under immense pressure either rescuing a team from trouble in the first innings or chasing an improbable target. Think Michael Bevan againts the W.Indies or Yuvraj and Mohammed Kaif against England. But he certainly broke a barrier that many thought unreachable, and for that he deserves it.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2011, 4:23 GMT)

im totally shocked that Sachin's 175 against Australia is not here...!!! Not to belittle the double ton, but I think it was a better knock, on a much more testing pitch!!

Posted by   on (January 14, 2011, 4:21 GMT)

Cameron White is best Player in world......!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (January 14, 2011, 3:43 GMT)

i would rate abdul razzaq's innings and sachin's innings equally. that innings from abdul razzaq was amazing.Even the pakistanis wouldn't have given them a chance.

Posted by akshay4india on (January 14, 2011, 3:26 GMT)

This is basically just a choice between two nominations. Sachin's 200 and Razzaq's 100. I would go for Sachin's double, because history was created, altthough full credit should be given for a great innings by Razzaq.

Posted by Something_Witty on (January 14, 2011, 3:17 GMT)

IMO it should be Whitey's 105 at the Gabba, chasing a big total in bowler-friendly conditions under lights. However, everyone knows that Tendulkar's 200 will get the award, so why bother with this? Let's just give him the award right now, since he's going to get it anyway...

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The ESPNcricinfo Awards recognise the best individual batting and bowling performances in cricket over the calendar year and across the three international formats. The awards are voted on by an independent jury of former cricketers, commentators, and ESPNcricinfo's senior editors. Shortlists are drawn up by the site and made public at the start of every year, and the jury votes on the shortlisted performances to determine the final winners. Previous winners have included Virender Sehwag (twice), Adam Gilchrist, Shahid Afridi and Kumar Sangakkara.

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