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
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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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  • 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..

  • ejsiddiqui 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.

  • on February 14, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    how come abdul razzak.you people dont have cricket knowlege

  • stunnerbond27 on February 14, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    congrats to VVS and Sachin. Game On

  • ICCexpert.... 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 earlier...so its no big deal....

  • david.j.domingo on February 14, 2011, 13:20 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • on February 14, 2011, 12:54 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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..

  • ejsiddiqui 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.

  • on February 14, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    how come abdul razzak.you people dont have cricket knowlege

  • stunnerbond27 on February 14, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    congrats to VVS and Sachin. Game On

  • ICCexpert.... 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 earlier...so its no big deal....

  • david.j.domingo on February 14, 2011, 13:20 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • on February 14, 2011, 12:54 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • on February 14, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    I think it is unfair for people to comment here that Razzaq's innings was better than Tendulkar's, just because Tendulkar scored his double int he first innings. And truly speaking, it wud be easier for ppl to see a Razzaq innings repeated.. infact it has been repeated countless times.. but a 200 in ODI, is once in a lifetime thing..I bet all of you guys wud run to give the award to someone else if they had scored a double. It's just dat since sachin scored it, u think its no big deal.. coz u know.. he can do it :). Test batting shud go to Laxman clearly, bowling shud go to Steyn...

  • on February 14, 2011, 11:25 GMT

    Best player winner would be Abdul Razaque in odi

  • Razor88 on February 14, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    Likely awards - VVS for Test Batting, Styen is the Man for the Bowling OBVIOUSLY and In ODI,Lets face it Sachin's Knock dose not need any awards to prove its worth.That Innings will be in the heart of sachin's fans for ever,Thats what he will hope for rather than the award.But I would Like Razzaq to Get it!!.Wow!!SA were More Clueless to Razzaq than Sachin's 200*.Sachin's Innings was a Run away Victory for the Indians But That Innings came at a Time when Pakistan Cricket was in total Disarray and also the fact that the win was an Absolute steal from Razzaq.A Bit sad that Pathan's 130 Against Kiwi's din get Nominated,But I still Feel Razzaq will Steal this Price as well B) .Since that Day they have been in a Different league Now!! Bowling Should be Harris No other Choice.T20 McCullum or Hussey even i don't know its that close and the Bowling is close as well with Tim having a slight edge.Any way All the best!!

  • on February 14, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    LAXMAN are deserve to win the award as many of his knock helped India to win fro a seemingly impossible position.How can forget his runa ball inning against Aussies in difficult pitch at Mohali where he batted with tailender to take India towards the victory from ahopeless postion.I Durban too he was the hugre difference where the other batters stuggled he played the knock that shut Proteas out of the contest

  • on February 14, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    VVS Laxman really deserves it......because Cook and Amla nominated only for one innings each and also those matches are ended as a draw.But Laxman is nominated for 3 special match winning innings .

  • Ozcricketwriter on February 14, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    I'd pick Abdur Razzaq's performance over Tendulkar's any day. Both were against South Africa but one won the match while the other one was won by such a big margin that it probably didn't matter. Hence Razzaq's was better.

  • Pathiyal on February 14, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    Both are extra ordinary cricketers and capable of bailing out their teams from the threshold of defeats - they both are the most capable in their respective jobs. Best of luck to both.

  • KiwiRocker- on February 14, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    Tendulkar 200 was as worthless as most of his other thousands of runs. There is no comparsion between Tendular and Razzaq's inning. Razzaq single handedly hammered SA attack and won from an impossible position. Similarly Umar Gul's 6/42 is a clear winner. Its funny how both batting and bowling performances in ODI's are being led by Pakistanis and according to Mr Wise Ian chappel, Pakistan is not even in top five favourites for World cup...Lets all wait and see! Tim Southee's spell...I myself saw that in the ground. He did not even desrve the hat trick. It was an aweful umpring blunder. Test match award shud go to Vs Laxman. He like Razzaq is most under rated player. Its a shame that India did not include him for ODI world cup and precisely because of that India will lose!

  • shaanzee on February 14, 2011, 9:33 GMT

    laxman for test batting, razzaq for odi and hussey for t20 steyn for test bowling, gul for odi and southee for t20.

  • on February 14, 2011, 8:17 GMT

    I hope Laxman get the award & also he will continue with same fashion in 2011.He is really a classy batsman....

  • on February 14, 2011, 7:19 GMT

    michael hussey t-20 player

  • on February 14, 2011, 7:18 GMT

    Best of luck for Very very special laxman and steaming steyn.... both of them truly deserve this

  • Pruthviraj84 on February 14, 2011, 7:18 GMT

    Laxman Diserves it.................

  • binkaf on February 14, 2011, 7:14 GMT

    Good continuation of nice tradition from cricinfo this year too! So glad that we, the viewers & of course the fans, can take part in voting our favourite performances and performers round the year. Though I had casted my votes too, already, would like to share some words. Test innings to begin with- yes Laxman certainly has played some very outstanding innings last year under pressure, saved and won matches almost single handedly for India, he definitely deserves an honorable mention but I think Cook's one of Ashes assault should win here. His 235 was what triggered England's supremacy whereas in bowling department Steyn's 7 for against India in India is my clear fav. U. Gul may be a run away winner in ODI bowling, however in batting a tough ask lies ahead. Sachin's 200 was historical and yet undone act. That is certainly defining ODI innings so far without any doubts and he may win in that category but jus think how many Razzaq like innings are seen in ODIs too? Hussy & Southe 4 T20.

  • on February 14, 2011, 6:58 GMT

    Sachin will win for the ODI batting , with VVS Laxman to bag it for the test batting, Dale stayne to win for the test bowler , Ryan harris for ODI bowler, Gul & M.Hussey for the T20.

  • on February 14, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    i think no 1 is considering abt the innings of Abduz Razzak.......thats a tremendous effort from him wich helped pak a nerve victory over SA... Razzak, Sachin in ODI's, Cook & VVS in tests,,,,,,,,,, Freakish Hussey and Southee for T20.........!

  • nce8 on February 14, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    Michael Hussey, Sachin Tendulkar, V.V.S Laxman, Ryan Harris and Tim Southee will win.

  • stunnerbond27 on February 14, 2011, 6:13 GMT

    VVS Laxman and Steyn truly deserves the honors. Best wishes.

  • cricconnossieur on February 14, 2011, 6:11 GMT

    VVS Laxman is a clear winner. His runs not only brought victory for his side, but they were made under intense pressure,yet with grace and poise. Was wondering why Yusuf Pathan's efforts were not nominated.

  • on February 14, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    Steaming Steyn all the way!He was consistent throughout the year, was fit, never had run ins with anyone on the field, Steyn my pick.

  • on February 14, 2011, 6:02 GMT

    who cares we cares for icc award. nominations

  • sean_kelly on February 14, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    Cook, Anderson in tests Tendulkar, Gul in ODIs D. Hussey, Gul in T20s

  • on February 14, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    VVS is Very Very Special and if he gets an award the awards will be a VVS thing.

  • on February 14, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    It's Laxman the winner ................... Hope also rock in the year 2011............

  • Nadeem1976 on February 14, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    Very Very Special Laxman year. Test player of the year VVS. Best ODI innings to Sachin. Best T2020 innings to Hussey

  • jonesy2 on February 14, 2011, 4:06 GMT

    johnson, hussey harris should all get it

  • on February 14, 2011, 3:51 GMT

    I wonder why mathews inning was not nominated. He took the game away from aussies with his 77 not out. Best thing was he batted with number 10 and that is the highest partnership for the 9th wicket. Amazing comeback. And what about perera's five for in first ever series victory for SL.

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  • on February 14, 2011, 3:51 GMT

    I wonder why mathews inning was not nominated. He took the game away from aussies with his 77 not out. Best thing was he batted with number 10 and that is the highest partnership for the 9th wicket. Amazing comeback. And what about perera's five for in first ever series victory for SL.

  • jonesy2 on February 14, 2011, 4:06 GMT

    johnson, hussey harris should all get it

  • Nadeem1976 on February 14, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    Very Very Special Laxman year. Test player of the year VVS. Best ODI innings to Sachin. Best T2020 innings to Hussey

  • on February 14, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    It's Laxman the winner ................... Hope also rock in the year 2011............

  • on February 14, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    VVS is Very Very Special and if he gets an award the awards will be a VVS thing.

  • sean_kelly on February 14, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    Cook, Anderson in tests Tendulkar, Gul in ODIs D. Hussey, Gul in T20s

  • on February 14, 2011, 6:02 GMT

    who cares we cares for icc award. nominations

  • on February 14, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    Steaming Steyn all the way!He was consistent throughout the year, was fit, never had run ins with anyone on the field, Steyn my pick.

  • cricconnossieur on February 14, 2011, 6:11 GMT

    VVS Laxman is a clear winner. His runs not only brought victory for his side, but they were made under intense pressure,yet with grace and poise. Was wondering why Yusuf Pathan's efforts were not nominated.

  • stunnerbond27 on February 14, 2011, 6:13 GMT

    VVS Laxman and Steyn truly deserves the honors. Best wishes.