February 14, 2011

Southee and Tendulkar readers' favourites

ESPNcricinfo staff
ESPNcricinfo's readers differed with the jury in two categories: Test and Twenty20 batting

ESPNcricinfo's readers picked VVS Laxman's 73 against Australia in Mohali as the best Test batting performance of 2010, differing with the jury's pick, Laxman's 96 in Durban. The readers also preferred Suresh Raina's century against South Africa in the World Twenty20 to Michael Hussey's unbeaten 60 in the semi-final of the same tournament.

The rest of the picks matched the jury's: Dale Steyn got 27% of the votes for his seven-for in Nagpur. The bulk of the other Test bowling votes were split between Harbhajan Singh (5 for 59 v South Africa in Kolkata) and Mohammad Amir (5 for 52 v England at The Oval).

Sachin Tendulkar received more than half the votes polled for his one-day double century, the first in the format - a performance that was voted the top ODI innings of the year by 10 members of the jury as well. Coincidentally Tendulkar polled the same percentage of readers' votes last year for the same category last year, when he won for his 175 against Australia.

The one-day bowling award, which went to Umar Gul for his 6 for 42 against England, got about a third of the readers' votes for the category.

The largest margin of victory, though, was 61% of the votes polled, by Tim Southee, for his five-for, which included New Zealand's second Twenty20 hat-trick.

Readers' top three in each category
Test Batting Test Bowling ODI Batting ODI Bowling Twenty20 Batting Twenty20 Bowling
VVS Laxman (24%) (Mohali) Dale Steyn (27%) (Nagpur) Sachin Tendulkar (56%) Umar Gul (36%) Suresh Raina (39%) (World Twenty20) Tim Southee (61%)
VVS Laxman (21%) (Durban) Harbhajan Singh (18%) Abdul Razzaq (19%) Ryan Harris (16%) (Perth) Michael Hussey (21%) Shaun Tait (24%) (Dubai)
Azhar Ali(14%) Mohammad Amir (13%) Shahid Afridi (7%) Ashish Nehra (15%) Brendon McCullum (17%) Graeme Cremer (6%)

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  • Dummy4 on February 15, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    C'mon, Hussey's 60 HAD 2 b the best!

  • diren on February 15, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    Haha Raina what a joke.He is the worst batsmen ever... The best t20 innings was husseys 60. Every thing he hit went for 6

  • Sam on February 15, 2011, 4:44 GMT

    Sachin's 200 in ODI - first ever - haven't you people heard of Belinda Clark's 229

  • Anuj on February 15, 2011, 4:20 GMT

    I think McCullum's crntury not out inning Australia was the best inning of not only for 2010 but also one of the best in T20I. If jurry neglect the under pressure, match winning effort out of thin air of A. Razzak for Sachin's 200 then why they chose Hussey's inning over McCullam's inning? I agree that double hundred in ODI is very rare, but a century in the T20I is also rare.

  • Cricinfo on February 15, 2011, 3:28 GMT

    Tim Southee's hat-trick was not the first by a New Zealand bowler. Jacob Oram registered the first T20 hat-trick by a New Zealander, in 2009. The error is regretted, and has been rectified.

  • Ryan on February 15, 2011, 2:30 GMT

    Suresh Raina as the best T20 innings of last year? No way that is right. Hussey and McCullum equally played the two best T20 innings of all time so far. Hussey won a game for Australia out of thin air, while McCullum scored 116* playing some outrageously dangerous shots to Shaun Tait bowling 155kph. Also Jacob Oram already had a T20 hat-trick from about 1-2 years ago. Any other year Abdul Razzaq would win the ODI batting award. Competing with Tendulkar's 200* though limits your chances. No objections to any of the others.

  • Michael on February 14, 2011, 21:22 GMT

    LOl Raina getting the award, worse player! McCullums was the best t20 innings I have ever seen period.

  • Dummy4 on February 14, 2011, 21:03 GMT

    gr8 ratings, will there b awards for best comments of d year?

  • Dummy4 on February 14, 2011, 20:32 GMT

    Tim Southee's hat trick wasn't the first by a Kiwi in a T20I. Jacob Oram got one a year or so back.

  • Dummy4 on February 14, 2011, 20:31 GMT

    It was NZ's second Twenty20 hat-trick. Oram had one a couple years back. Good research.

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