ESPNcricinfo Awards 2010 February 14, 2011

Laxman and Steyn lead nominations

ESPNcricinfo staff
The closest competition is between Brendon McCullum and Michael Hussey for the Twenty20 batting award

With match-winning innings in three Tests, VVS Laxman has the most nominations for the ESPNcricinfo Awards 2010, the winners for which will be announced on Monday in Bangalore. Laxman faces competition in the Test batting performance of the year category from Alastair Cook, whose unbeaten 235 in the first Ashes Test at the Gabba launched England's victorious campaign, and Hashim Amla, whose 123 in Kolkata, nearly secured a draw for South Africa.

In reflection of the fierce competition between India and South Africa in Tests, South African bowlers cornered three bowling nominations, with Dale Styen having two. Pakistan were in the news for the wrong reasons for most of 2010, but that they had a wonderful year with the ball is backed up by nominations for Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz.

England's James Anderson, ranked No. 3 among Test bowlers, is giving Steyn tough competition. Anderson destroyed Pakistan in the first Test at Trent Bridge with figures of 6 for 17, after he had taken five wickets in the first innings. Mitchell Johnson's searing spell of 6 for 38 in third Ashes Test at the WACA and Mohammad Asif's 6 for 41 in Sydney are also in the running.

In one-day internationals, both the batting and bowling performance of the year have clear frontrunners. Sachin Tendulkar's 200 not out against South Africa in Gwalior, the first double-century in ODIs, is the favourite, though Abdul Razzaq's 72-ball 109 against South Africa in Abu Dhabi, which helped Pakistan chase 287 with a ball to spare, could spring a surprise. In the bowling category, Umar Gul's match-winning spell of 6 for 42 against England at The Oval is a prime contender. Not too far behind are Ryan Harris' two performances: 5 for 19 in Perth, which helped Australia win an ODI against Pakistan for the first time at the WACA, and 5 for 32 against England at The Oval.

The voting trends were closest in the Twenty20 batting category, with hardly anything separating Brendon McCullum's 116 off 56 balls against Australia in Christchurch and Michael Hussey's 60 off 24 balls against Pakistan in the World Twenty20 semi-final. Among bowlers, the battle is between Shaun Tait and Tim Southee. Tait helped Australia clinch a tight victory against Pakistan at the MCG with 3 for 13 in four overs - the only Australian bowler to concede less than six an over in that match. Southee took New Zealand's second Twenty20 hat-trick as he ripped through Pakistan during a spell of 5 for 18 in four overs in Auckland.

The jury for the ESPNcricinfo awards comprises former cricketers Sanjay Manjrekar, Geoff Boycott, Kepler Wessels, Ramiz Raja, Tony Greig, Martin Crowe and Ian Chappell, as well as Sambit Bal, Andrew Miller, Peter English, Osman Samiuddin and Sharda Ugra from ESPNcricinfo.

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  • Dummy4 on February 15, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    I don't think that Sachin deserved it, he has played well in the tests but not in ODIs.. He cannot get an award for just one innings..

  • Ejaz on February 14, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    The best thing about Abdur Razzaq innings was that it won the match from an "Impossible Situation" whereas Sachin's innings was not less than anyone but was not of a pressure that Razzaq faced.

  • Dummy4 on February 14, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    how come abdul people dont have cricket knowlege

  • Stunner on February 14, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    congrats to VVS and Sachin. Game On

  • jhg on February 14, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    there should be no argument about the one day batting performance, it has to be Razzaq, it should be a unanimous decision.... scoring 200 runs in 50 became possible now by the advent of T20, we can see a few 200 scores in the coming world cup. Its not a big deal, Syed Anwar almost did it, Dhoni and Tendulkar and Viv Richards, Kapil Dev almost did it too its no big deal....

  • David on February 14, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    You guys are still debating...come on now! Steyn it will be!

  • Dummy4 on February 14, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    razzaq innings was just a blind hitting. many people hav done this in past and most recently by y.pathan(against nz).but no one in this planet has never ever smelt the taste of 200. it requires endurance dedication and talent. only sachin can and hav done this. he used his bat like a surgeon"s knife to craft a 200, and he did it against sa too.

  • Dummy4 on February 14, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    Surely VVS,Steyn, Sachin,Gul, Hussey n Southee vl be d winners

  • Dummy4 on February 14, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    VVS for test bat, Steyn for bowl, Sachin r Abdul Razzaq for ODI bat n Gul for bowl, Hussey for T20 bat n Southee for bowl.

  • Dummy4 on February 14, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    Why in the world are Asif and Amir being given the honour of a nomination? They have just been convicted ... Wahab Riaz is also under a cloud of suspicion.

    While Tendulkar's innings would qualify for a "Record of the year" award, it can hardly compare with impact performances such as those by Razzaq and Angelo.

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