Awards 2011 February 20, 2012

Tendulkar and Bracewell take top awards

ESPNcricinfo staff
Kevin O'Brien and Mitchell Johnson win one-day batting and bowling honours
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Sachin Tendulkar and Doug Bracewell have won the Test batting and bowling awards in the fifth annual ESPNcricinfo Awards, announced today.

Tendulkar's 146 in Cape Town early in 2011 came in testing conditions and in the face of some sublime swing bowling by Dale Steyn. Bracewell won in his debut year in international cricket, for his 6 for 40 in New Zealand's historic seven-run win against Australia in Hobart.

Another first for the awards was the victory of an Associate player - Kevin O'Brien, who got votes from 13 out of the panel of 16 jurors, for his nerveless century in Ireland's historic win over England in the World Cup . The ODI bowling award didn't emerge from the global tournament, though there were five World Cup performances among the nominees. Mitchell Johnson won it for his six-wicket haul in Pallekele during Australia's tour to Sri Lanka.

The awards were decided by a 16-member jury that included former players Ian Chappell, Ian Bishop, Ramiz Raja, Kepler Wessels, Geoff Boycott, Martin Crowe, Sanjay Manjrekar and Russel Arnold, and ESPNcricinfo's senior writers. The jurors were asked to pick their top three performances in each category from a shortlist of nominees.

The Test and ODI bowling performances were closely fought. Stuart Broad was the loser by a just a point in both categories - for his 4 for 15 in the World Cup match against South Africa and his six-for, which included a hat-trick, in the Trent Bridge Test* against India. However, he beat Steyn, 2010's Test bowling winner, by six points in Tests and four points in ODIs.

The Test batting category had the widest gap between the winner and No. 2 - six points separated Tendulkar's innings and Michael Clarke's 151, also scored in Cape Town, in the Test in which Australia dismissed South Africa for 96 and were then bowled out in their second innings for 47.

Tendulkar was the No. 1 choice of seven jurors out of the 11 who had him in their top three. O'Brien's figures were the next best, with six No. 1 votes.

Bishop, the former West Indies bowler, said O' Brien's innings was exceptional. "The manner in which it was scored when his team was in the situation that it was… the type of power-hitting showed, the type of fearlessness he showed augurs well for him and his team."

While it was Tendulkar's third ESPNcricinfo Award - he won the ODI Batting performance in 2009 for his 175 against Australia in Hyderabad - and Steyn's second, it was a first for the rest.

Chappell, a former Australia captain, said Tendulkar showed true class during his 146. "He faced 314 balls which is not Tendulkar-like, the strike rate, but these were precious runs. This was another side of Tendulkar, just showing his greatness - his ability to make runs when things were really tough, and he really had to battle."

ESPNcricinfo's readers agreed with the jury's assessment of the Test batting performance but picked Virender Sehwag, Junaid Khan and Shahid Afridi in the other three categories.

* February 20, 2012 07:45 GMT: This article said that Stuart Broad's hat-trick was in the Lord's Test. This has been corrected

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  • halsterry on February 21, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    Great to see Bracewell pick up best bowling. Ironic that he didn't get man of the match - it went to Warner for his match losing century. Bracewell was a victim of the vodafone viewers vote which is about as relevant as Clarkes post match comments. Warner showed he had more maturity in acknowledging the NZers had won the match and was almost embarrassed at accepting the award.

  • Truemans_Ghost on February 21, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    My word there are some mean spirited posters on here. Of 94 postings before this, how many have been looking back warmly on great performances in our sport over the year and how many have just been abusing players and judges? The interesting thing about thes awards is that they are for single performances so you will get different results than a "player of the year" award. If you disagree, fine, disagree but it doesn't mean the panel is corrupt or the winners deserve your insults.

  • cric_kumar on February 21, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    So many messages hating Sachin shows he is the biggest name in cricket and so many envious person around, come on grow up guys pity you!

  • only_sehwag on February 21, 2012, 2:14 GMT

    Dravid - The real hero, the only hero !!

  • sheenu on February 21, 2012, 2:05 GMT

    The jury consisted of Russel Arnold, Ian Bishop, Sambit Bal, Geoffrey Boycott, Daniel Brettig, Ian Chappell, Brydon Coverdale, Martin Crowe, Sanjay Manjrekar, Andrew Miller, Sidharth Monga, Firdose Moonda, Ramiz Raja, Osman Samiuddin, Sharda Ugra,and Kepler Wessels.

    So those who are saying it was an "all India" jury, please wake up and smell coffee!! The award was only for the "best innings", not the best cricketer.

  • __PK on February 21, 2012, 1:42 GMT

    So if Bracewell's performance was the bowling of the year, surely the man who scored an unbeaten century in that same innings deserves the batting performance of the year. But, then, he's not Tendulkar, is he?

  • Jaggadaaku on February 21, 2012, 1:20 GMT

    The judges of this award, must be all Indians or may be Sachin must have bought this award showing and reminding the world he is still the greatest. Because that 146 runs inning in SA, what else Sachin had done in 2011? @ TheBengalTiger, you mean "that spell" of bowling was the sharpest in history of cricket and other than Sachin, wouldn't have survived? Many batsmen made centuries against that same bowlers in SA. Some batsmen even made triple centuries against same bowling line-up, not in SA, but what difference does it make? If those bowlers are that great then they should be great everywhere, not only in their own country grounds. So, please write something logical so we can digest.

  • kristee on February 21, 2012, 0:38 GMT

    Poor Samaraweera; his country stays too small to merit those people's attention!

  • Jayco on February 21, 2012, 0:09 GMT

    Seeing as all these comments are about SRT, I want to congratulate Doug Bracewell on a superb bowling performance. Must be quite proud to have such an achievement in one of his first test matches. As an away win against the neighbouring rivals, after a long test match slump, that match will surely go down in New Zealand cricket history.

  • Mange on February 21, 2012, 0:04 GMT

    We all know that Indians worship the ground Tendulkar walks on. Yes, a great batsmen, one of the greats, no doubt but it adds no credibility to his award when Indian fans rant and rave about why he should have won. You guys would wipe his a*se after a serious bout of gastro with your tongues if he asked you too. Talk about being "fair" and the BCCI in the same sentance, get real.

  • halsterry on February 21, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    Great to see Bracewell pick up best bowling. Ironic that he didn't get man of the match - it went to Warner for his match losing century. Bracewell was a victim of the vodafone viewers vote which is about as relevant as Clarkes post match comments. Warner showed he had more maturity in acknowledging the NZers had won the match and was almost embarrassed at accepting the award.

  • Truemans_Ghost on February 21, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    My word there are some mean spirited posters on here. Of 94 postings before this, how many have been looking back warmly on great performances in our sport over the year and how many have just been abusing players and judges? The interesting thing about thes awards is that they are for single performances so you will get different results than a "player of the year" award. If you disagree, fine, disagree but it doesn't mean the panel is corrupt or the winners deserve your insults.

  • cric_kumar on February 21, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    So many messages hating Sachin shows he is the biggest name in cricket and so many envious person around, come on grow up guys pity you!

  • only_sehwag on February 21, 2012, 2:14 GMT

    Dravid - The real hero, the only hero !!

  • sheenu on February 21, 2012, 2:05 GMT

    The jury consisted of Russel Arnold, Ian Bishop, Sambit Bal, Geoffrey Boycott, Daniel Brettig, Ian Chappell, Brydon Coverdale, Martin Crowe, Sanjay Manjrekar, Andrew Miller, Sidharth Monga, Firdose Moonda, Ramiz Raja, Osman Samiuddin, Sharda Ugra,and Kepler Wessels.

    So those who are saying it was an "all India" jury, please wake up and smell coffee!! The award was only for the "best innings", not the best cricketer.

  • __PK on February 21, 2012, 1:42 GMT

    So if Bracewell's performance was the bowling of the year, surely the man who scored an unbeaten century in that same innings deserves the batting performance of the year. But, then, he's not Tendulkar, is he?

  • Jaggadaaku on February 21, 2012, 1:20 GMT

    The judges of this award, must be all Indians or may be Sachin must have bought this award showing and reminding the world he is still the greatest. Because that 146 runs inning in SA, what else Sachin had done in 2011? @ TheBengalTiger, you mean "that spell" of bowling was the sharpest in history of cricket and other than Sachin, wouldn't have survived? Many batsmen made centuries against that same bowlers in SA. Some batsmen even made triple centuries against same bowling line-up, not in SA, but what difference does it make? If those bowlers are that great then they should be great everywhere, not only in their own country grounds. So, please write something logical so we can digest.

  • kristee on February 21, 2012, 0:38 GMT

    Poor Samaraweera; his country stays too small to merit those people's attention!

  • Jayco on February 21, 2012, 0:09 GMT

    Seeing as all these comments are about SRT, I want to congratulate Doug Bracewell on a superb bowling performance. Must be quite proud to have such an achievement in one of his first test matches. As an away win against the neighbouring rivals, after a long test match slump, that match will surely go down in New Zealand cricket history.

  • Mange on February 21, 2012, 0:04 GMT

    We all know that Indians worship the ground Tendulkar walks on. Yes, a great batsmen, one of the greats, no doubt but it adds no credibility to his award when Indian fans rant and rave about why he should have won. You guys would wipe his a*se after a serious bout of gastro with your tongues if he asked you too. Talk about being "fair" and the BCCI in the same sentance, get real.

  • bobmartin on February 20, 2012, 23:41 GMT

    It looks like an award for a single performance ... I guess if the movie industry has it's Oscars... then cricket has to follow suit.. It means nothing more than it just happened to be your day and your day just happened to be better than anybody else's ...in the opinion of an international jury who selected the winners from a short list... a short list drawn up by who.. A load of meaningless nonsense if you ask me..

  • nskaile on February 20, 2012, 22:21 GMT

    It's not sachin's fault tht ppl voted fo him but yes kallis's match saving century deserved more then sachin's 100 and good to see someone from NZ winning this award. BraceWell deserved it fo sure

  • dk75018 on February 20, 2012, 21:49 GMT

    Once again.... Dravid overlooked!! That man "Dravid' is a true legend.. 146 not through out the inning .. that man surely need a little more then just nomination...

  • samincolumbia on February 20, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    Kallis can get his award for 2012 for his two golden ducks in consecutive innings against SL in his own backyard!!

  • raad007 on February 20, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    Why did Tendulkar get an award? He didnot play good at all, and I watch cricket 24/7. Shakib clearly should have gotten an award. Also Tamim.

  • bigdhonifan on February 20, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    the award was for best innings not for best batsman..... if it was batsman, it is Rahul Dravid

  • bigdhonifan on February 20, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    @kallis2015 May be in your dreams

  • OhhhMattyMatty on February 20, 2012, 20:06 GMT

    Tendulkar's knock better than Bell's double ton? Or Prior's ton at Sydney? Pull the other one. England's attack showed how good this Tendulkar bloke is.

  • Jburger on February 20, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    Well done Bracewell and Tendulker well deserved. The funny thing is, Bracewell won the test bowling award for the year and yet did not get man of the match for that game, how wrong was that. Good old Aussies.

  • shanbhd on February 20, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    I am amazed to see so many negative comments on Tendulkar in this forum. As far as I am concerned, he was not in good form in 2011. Still his test average during the year turns out to be 47, and also he was successful in the ODI World Cup. That Tendulkar has not performed well during 2012, especially after the second test against Australia, is obvious. I also support the view that he should retire from ODI's as soon as the current tri-series is over. Some people are commenting that since India has lost badly against England and Australia away from home, it doesn't deserve its current ICC ranking of number3. To my mind, this is unfair. England has lost 3-0 to Pakistan recently, but none of the audience is complaining about its holding the number1 slot in the rankings inspite of this; most of the top English batsmen have averaged in the test series 26 or below.

  • Rahulbose on February 20, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    Tendulkar batted well in that innings, but there is no way his was a better inning than M Clarke. Clarke scored more runs agaist the same opposition on the same ground, on a pitch that resulted in a 3 day finish with team totals of 96 and 47. How does Tendulkar scoring a hundred in the first inngs of a drawn test top that?

  • Alexk400 on February 20, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    There is lot of hate on Sachin. Most are valid. It is not people hate sachin , it is more of people hate people who over hype this average batsman. It is economy. if people write about sachin , people read about it and it is money. So everyone is milking as much possible. Ex cricketers do that because it brings money. But giving award to him is JOKE OF THE YEAR!. Normally people give award to most deserved. if no one deserved give award to sachin so we can make money. It is almost like Oscar award which is only given to one type of people. This is pathetic. I think BCCI influence in ICC needs to cut down.

  • southee81 on February 20, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar deserves any award in world cricket. He only deserves this award. He is the best ever cricket has seen !!

  • ZsZs on February 20, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    These awards are so dated and lags the games in recentness. It is so out of synch with today's events. It takes away the faith in Awards. What has Tendulkar done recently? What has Clarke done recently. These awards are void of common sense. Either do it timely like in January, or can it.

  • shadab732 on February 20, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    @Sourav118183619 the difference between kallis' innings and sachin's is that sachin scored those runs against the likes of steyn and morkel whereas kallis scored those against indian bowling line up(one of the best bowling line-up ever is what u think) consisting of the likes of zaheer,sreesanth and co.

  • india79 on February 20, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    Dont understand why poor people are behind great SRT. He dont need any rescords at this particular point of time, indeed every run he is scoring is creating a new record breaking his own

  • Vedahametham on February 20, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    I am a great fan of Tendulkar. Like for most of the Indians he is a cricketing God to me too. I did not see this particular innings. He must have really played well. But I agree with Sourav118183619's post. Kallis is overlooked. It appears many a jury in these award presentations overlook SA players. But Kallis should have got an award. if not for this one particular batsman award he should have got one for his all round ability. Tell me how many can wear his hat. A very decent fast bowler(medium pace).A very good close in as well as outfield fielder, a batsman who can open as well as play down under. Among all a cool custodian and gentle man. perhaps he is above all these awards. We need a judge in the form of God to reward him

  • LordOfCric on February 20, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    Bad thing ponting was dropped otherwise he would have gotten 2012 ODI batting award for his 100 runs in 100 Innings Lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ncurd on February 20, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    Cook scores over double what Sachin did and somehow that wasn't the best batting performance of the year? Cook scored nearly triple what anyone on his team scored and nearly double what the best Indian batsman could do in two innings! Sorry there's no way it was better knock. Utterly insane!

  • Jaggadaaku on February 20, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    The judges of this award, must be all Indians or may be Sachin must have bought this award showing and reminding the world he is still the greatest. Because that 146 runs inning in SA, what else Sachin had done in 2011? @ TheBengalTiger, you mean "that spell" of bowling was the sharpest in history of cricket and other than Sachin, wouldn't have survived? Many batsmen made centuries against that same bowlers in SA. Some batsmen even made triple centuries against same bowling line-up, not in SA, but what difference does it make? If those bowlers are that great then they should be great everywhere, not only in their own country grounds. So, please write something logical so we can digest.

  • Sreerang on February 20, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    cricinfo has created a controversy by not being clear here. the award is for the best bowling performance and best batting performance of the year. what that implies is performance in one innings. of course the readers are too caught up in trashing tendulkar and so would not find time to go to awards home and find out in more detail about the award, the jury, the nominees etc. just so that all the Great know-all readers understand, let me inform that batsman of the year award went to Misbah ul haq.

  • Unmesh_cric on February 20, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    VVS Laxman scored a sublime 96 in the second Test in Durban against SA. Those were testing conditions and rest of the batting line-up failed (I think the second highest score was 32 in that inning). India went on to win that match because of Laxman's invaluable contribution. I am no Tendulkar basher, but I think Laxman's inning was much more valuable than Tendulkar's contribution in the 3rd Test (a drawn Test) especially considering that it was a high scoring match. I remember, Laxman was out partners in that inning in 2nd Test. While being on 96, he could have tried to score singles to get to his century. But that would have exposed the tail-ender to the fast bowlers. So he tried to hit a boundary instead and was caught behind.

  • Bl33dBLu3 on February 20, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    Y SRT won y not dravid he surrvived english attack and where whole indian batting line up failed

  • MiddleStump on February 20, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    How many 38 year olds are good enough to be playing tests? True, Tendulkar had his worst year overall in 22 years. But the 146, a couple of 90s, few 50s and an overall average close to 40 batting on four different continents in 2011 is a record many batsmen, old and young, would take without a second thought. Perhaps he is now a victim of his own standards he set during his career but that is again only a tribute to him. Congratulations.

  • Neel901 on February 20, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    ESPNcricinfo's readers agreed with the jury's assessment of the Test batting performance [SACHIN TENDULKAR] but picked Virender Sehwag, Junaid Khan and Shahid Afridi in the other three categories.

    SACHINISTs ROCKS.!!!

  • Karthik301 on February 20, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    @Vikash Vaibhaw: Sachin is blamed for India's loss always. So it proves that even after 22 years of playing cricket, India depends more on Sachin than anyone else :)

  • seantells on February 20, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    funny selection, true he's a great cricketer but not sure Sachin should be in this

  • Hazeyrocks on February 20, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    It doesn't sound right, with Kallis having scored two centuries in that game in same conditions and the team under pressure

  • majesticmaniac on February 20, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    Tendulkar deserved it. Simply because Dale Steyn was bowling a spell that day the likes of which had not been seen since the days of Lillee and Marshall at their supreme best. To survive that spell in those conditions and to go on to score 146 was what the award was for. NOT for how many runs he scored that year or the next. Also Kallis scored a lot more runs, but then he was facing an ordinary Indian line up.

  • zn264 on February 20, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    Well done Doug Bracewell, and well done NZ cricket! Great to see some of our young blood being recognised at this level, excellent achievement. Now just to knock over these pesky Saffas! : )

  • Ashish133 on February 20, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    To score a century under pressure is surely something very special especially when no-one is hanging around with you on the other side. There might be other brilliant tons by different players but SRT's ton have an edge over others. I'm not a big cricket follower but I can surely support the jury's decision. Com'on critics be a little generous to the little master.

  • Crikt.Afg on February 20, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    Surelu Sachin deserves that Award,those who are showing their hatred towards Sachin,that is nothing more but only their jealousness.Only the little master could survive and make those 146 precious runs if u have watched that game..Probably the 16members who have taken the decision they do know something that they have been appointed as the decision makers.There is no doubt that Sachin is the best of the best and if he is not scoring runs in the current series and is not making that 100th 100,that's not a big deal for him and he can get in form in no time we all know this..Those who critisize without knowing anything please tell me that how many players have got that 100th 100???How many times all these youngsters have performed well against teams like Aus, SA, Pak?Only Sachin's presence in the team puts too much pressure on the other teams..Any way we know he is the legend of the Cricket World and please do recognize his value and significance in the team. Keep it up Sachin ,,

  • kallis2015 on February 20, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    people will only stop praising srt when kallis will overtake him atleast in tests we know srt has records only due more matches. he lacks the quality stuff

  • waitara on February 20, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    Hilarious. NZer Bracewell gets Test bowling performance of the year in a match where the Aussie crowd voted Aussie batsman Warner as man of the match!

  • Harmony111 on February 20, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    Sachin bashing is on but Mitchell johnson getting a similar award is conviniently ignored. Great yardsticks being used. Carry on....

  • ramAB83 on February 20, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    Is anybody here watching the current australia tour results??? so funny comments..

  • Romanticstud on February 20, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    Sachin only averaged 47.25 last year from 9 tests with only 1x100 ... what about looking at that ... there were guys ... Bell from England 118.75 from 8 tests 5 x 100 at 64 runs / 100 balls ... Kahn from pakistan that averaged 85 from 8 ...Cook from England averaged 84 from 8 tests ... Now what about awarding it to Bell ... What about Saeed Ajmal for the bowling award ... 50 wickets from only 8 games at 23.86 with 3x5 and 1x10 wicket haul ... Bracewell only had 3 tests as did Philander who had better match stats 4x5 and 1x10 but too few games ... pathetic how you can award on single instances ... Surely these guys must feel hard done by ... get neutral adjudicators ... Not ex-cricketers ... but the public ... and also it should be done based on a number of criteria ... batting average over a greater number of tests ... bowling average and number of wickets over a number of tests but also strike rates and not outs and 5 fors and hundreds in a year ...

  • aravindhramachandran on February 20, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar :) :) Take a bow :) Enough said :) It's just bad luck that is dismissing him. Will play a big match winning knock soon :)

  • YorkshirePudding on February 20, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    Personally I would have gone with Dravid's 146no at the Oval, a masterful rear-guard action when all around him were falling in the first innings, and the only Indian batsman to stand up to the english bowling unit and come out with any credit.

  • 200ondebut on February 20, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    Every award that Sachin gets is deserved because not only is he the greatest the modern game has seen but he is such a statesman as well. He carries himself with such dacorum and dignity (unlike Ricky). Whether it was the best innings - who knows I am sure everyone has their favourites which are no doubt influence by which team they follow.

    It is ironic that Mitchel J got the one day bolwing award - as he only bolws well one day a year.

  • sidharth1979 on February 20, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    sachin deserves the award. Cricinfo always does a great job in judging who deserves what. SRT haters should show some maturity. HE doesnt need to make that century, why should he. ? how many players made centuries in last 12 months? He is bad form this month, he will strike back very soon. He did this many times in his career before , he will do it again. Only he can decide when to retire..

  • CricketPissek on February 20, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    Andy Zaltsman is the only guy who deserves a Cricinfo award :o)

  • TheBengalTiger on February 20, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    Clearly most of the people commentign here dont actually watch cricket much. If they did, they would appreciate why Tendulkar's innings was so great. Its not all about the total score, strike rate etc. Theres more to a great inings than that. Tendulkar is the only batsman that would have survived that spell. Simple as

  • deepakjm on February 20, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Anyone who saw that inning would never question about Sachin winning this award. We all know he was flop in 2011 but this award category was for one particular inning so guys please slow down before criticizing awards. Sachin did play amazingly that day and sometimes one good day can get you an award.

  • Sourav118183619 on February 20, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    What the hell is this the guy who is still struggling to score a single 100 from past 20 innings get the award. Ian Chappel, Ian Bishop Manjrekar Ramiz dont u hav the eyes buddies Jack Kallis Scored two centuries in the same march where he blowed to the head nastely despite that he scored and get the team out of rouble.That does not deserve the award for him. you Guys always sidelines the south african great all rounder He Is Greater than this little selfish mannnnnnnn....

  • KKarpentar on February 20, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Although Sachin is flop in 2011 but the award is given on a particular inning and the jury would have decided what was the best among bests.

  • KKarpentar on February 20, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    Even if a award is given fairly to an Indian, all form everywhere will say about lobbying and power of BCCI, take it sportingly...

  • KKarpentar on February 20, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    something is burning everywhere...

  • sidzy on February 20, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    what the hell michael clarke's 151 was brute of an innings on a more difficult wicket against a better bowling attack & he scored 100 off 105 balls.

  • on February 20, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    Hate.Hate and just Hate SRT Every1 is blaming Sachin for loses because he averages 37 during his dismal run. Now people thinks SRT is d biggest criminal..After all he deserve this after serving India for so long.

    What about Raina,Rohit & Jadeja?These are biggest assets of Indian cricket.Good. What a big joke!!!!!

  • krishstarofcricinfo on February 20, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    Dravid was the BEST Batsman in 2011. Bracewell desreves the award.

  • ranjit.sg on February 20, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    What're you people whining for? Sachin only got an award for the best test knock of the year, not best cricketer of the year. On current form he won't get any award, but that's besides the point! Sheesh. Oh well, I suppose it's fashionable to hate Sachin today.

  • abhihegde on February 20, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    RIDICULOUS!! Give it to the umpire who dint hear the knick of sachin's bat... Kallis got hundreds in both innings in same conditions.. Especially in 2nd inns he was doubtful of playing as he had a broken rib.. he came saved SA.. My choice is DAVID WARNER , for his unbeaten hundred against NZ at green top BELLERIEVE OVAL, against BRACEWELL and others.. One of the great performance it was considering it was just his 2nd test match.. Being an opener he remained at the crease unbeaten when ten of his team-mates fell like 10 pins.. A great performance!! Bracewell is a definitely a correct choice..

  • satish619chandar on February 20, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    Really frustrating to see guys whine about the guy and his nation rather than his innings.. Johnson who got the best performance in the ODI bowling was on the verge of getting dropped from the team and injury saved the drop.. It is the quality that matters but not how they fared throughout the year.. in that case, KOB doesn't deserve too as he was not able to replicate that innings against any associate nations after that.. There are some equally good innings played by other players as Clarke, Samaraweera in SA, Warner's 100 was awesome too.. Just the conditions and the kind of form the SA bowlers were during the match gave it to Sachin as per the adjudicators.. Only one Indian in selection panel too..

  • bhaskar_79 on February 20, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    And another thing. No comments about a now DROPPED Johnson getting the ODI award? Oh i forgot, he's an aussie, not Indian. That says a lot about standards maintained by people commenting here!

  • Potatis on February 20, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    There you go Indian fans - Ian Chappell does say good things about Sachin Tendulkar. But now some fans disagree. :)

  • bhaskar_79 on February 20, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    To all cribbing about Sachin, please note Its for best performance, or rather best inning, NOT best Batsman. By the logic in these comments, is Kevin O Brien really the best ODI batsman? NO, its only the best INNING (and i couldn't agree more). Yes, clarke's innings was brilliant and quite rightly it was debated - the jurors went for Sachin. So what is to be done? And people commenting here just going after Sachin. So what's new??

  • SachinIsAGoner on February 20, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    Joke of the year..............................

  • skepticaloptimist on February 20, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    All you haters, seriously, at least read what the title says. It's not saying who was the best performer of 2011; it's talking about the single best performance of the year, which, and deservedly so, was given to Tendulkar's 146 vs RSA. Yes, he's had a lean year, but that's not the point: it's about who put up the single best innings. Tendulkar was rightly given the award, while Clarke's wonderful innings deserves equal praise, too. Geez, get a life and stop with the senseless bashing. @Radha4krishnan - Don't worry, you won't even get to play one.

  • rahulcricket007 on February 20, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    YES SACHIN HAS BEEN A FLOP FOR LAST 9 MONTHS BUT BEFORE THAT HE WAS IN GREAT FORM & MADE RUNS EVERYWHERE . ALSO PLEASE CHECK SOME YOU TUBE VIDEOS TO SEE HOW STEYN WAS SWINGING THE BALL LIKE A BANANA ON CAPETOWN PITCH . HE PLAYED BRILLINATLY IN THAT INNINGS THAT'S WHY AWARD IS GIVEN TO HIM . NOW SOME PEOPLE WILL SAY ABOUT COOK WHO MADE 294 , YEAH HE MADE IT BUT THERE WAS NO PRESSURE ON HIM . ENGLAND ALREADY HAVE MATCH IN THEIR HANDS . ALSO COOK MADE THAT SCORE AGAINST CLUB LEVEL BOWLING .WHILE SACHIN MADE RUNS WHEN THERE WAS PRESSURE ON INDIA WITH TRALING BY 362 RUNS IN FIRST INNINGS & LOST 2 EARLY WKTS OF SEHWAG & DRAVID . THAT'S WHY HIS INNINGS IS RATED AS BEST .

  • on February 20, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    *A to Z Qualities that every person to be learned from Sachin:

    A: Admiration, Adulation, Attention B: Belief, Brave C: Charity, Commitment D: Dedication, Devotion, Durable E: Encouragement, Endeavor F: Fearless G: Gratitude H: Humanity, Humble, Honest I: Intensity, Innovation J: Jive K: Kind L: Loyal M: Motivational, Master N: New ideas O: Overhaul P: Peace Q: Quality R: Respect S: Steady, Silent T: Temperament, Technique U: Undertakings V: Volatile W: Wonderful X: X-treme Y: Youthful Z: Zero Gravity (Down to Earth)

  • kallis2015 on February 20, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    we're blindly after srt kallis was more deserving this shows that we fear srt losing repute to kallis

  • VSinha29 on February 20, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    sachin ??best test innings of the year?? it seems i watched a different cricket season than the jury

  • BeatTheChamps on February 20, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    All the readers posting non-sense about Tendulkar please keep in mind: 1. These awards are for a single performance and not for the whole year. 2. They are for year 2011. So the current form of the player is immaterial. Stop making rash comments and accept the value of the innings.

  • Jabulani on February 20, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    This is a joke! Tendulkar only scored 756 runs in 17 innings, an average of 47 - neither of these statistics come close to being the best of the year. And so what if he had ONE decent innings? What then of all the good innings of others? This just goes to show the one-eyed bias that is the cult of Sachin...PATHETIC!

  • dildar4 on February 20, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    Can we do away with this hatred towards Sachin. I mean every one who saw the innings that were nominated this year can say that his was the most deserving. No doubt Kallis played brilliantly, but, to face Steyn the best fast bowler at his best and also some of Morkel's 90+ mph was special. Secondly as some poeple are suggesting that nick did not carry, for god's sake they should at least five or six replays later on to show the nick just bounced before reaching boucher's gloves.

    Overall he has had a poor time time since the world cup but before that he was amazing and this innings was palyed during this period.

  • nithesh_87 on February 20, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    excellent innings from Sachin.deserves the award Sachin, the best batsman in the world, has been performing consistently for the past 22 years.Each year some of u think he'll retire, and he comes up with better performances.It's his bat which does the talking.

    Shame on u guys, still criticizing Sachin and contradicting yourself asking to recognize and accept talent. i feel pity on these guys

  • AlbertPintoGussaHua on February 20, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    Goes to show that the ex-cricketers are still enthralled by Tendu's past exploits.

  • fennocious on February 20, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    i thought clarkes innings was a touch more special than sachins he played very watchful until the rest of the batting had completely collapsed and was striking at a very high strike rate. was a great captains knock.

  • chad_reid on February 20, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    MICHAEL CLARKES INNINGS OF 151 WAS LEGENDARY GREAT COUNTER ATTACK AND FEARLESS BATTING VERY ENTERTAINING TO WATCH WITH A GREAT STRIKE RATE I WOULD HAVE GIVEN HIM THE AWARD BUT THIS IS A POINTLESS AWARD SO OH WELL

  • jackiethepen on February 20, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    Well if you are choosing just one performance out of a dismal year then the award of Test batsman becomes a bit ridiculous because it denies recognition to those Test batsmen who are lifting their teams to a different level. Tendulkar's greatness has been absent for the rest of the year. This really does make a mockery of your awards. How can one innings save his reputation for 2011?

  • Uzair_Baig on February 20, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    For what??????? Sachin was a major flop in 2011. Oh i forget about the lobbying of BCCI.

  • Dubious on February 20, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    Seems fair. I might go for Clarke's 151 in Cape Town though for the Test award. Facing the same sort of (if more hostile) conditions and bowlers. Scored at a much better run rate and more runs.

  • sabee66 on February 20, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    Indian Sachin is on top......................wat a joke

  • Yasindu on February 20, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    This is a JOKE !!! Tendulkar is a failure.

  • Skycruiseraero on February 20, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    If i remember Jacques Kallis scored tons in both innings of that match (161 and 109*) with a broken rib bone in that match guys like Sreesanth and Ishant were contantly hurling bouncers at him while harbhajan was on a rare role , still kallis gets no reward for rescuing his team , Shame on you guys. Learn to appreciate real efforts ,should i remind Sachin didnt walk after nicking one of steyn in that match ?

  • Kirstenfan on February 20, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    So cricinfo readers went for 3 asians in the awards...there's a surprise

  • chokkashokka on February 20, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    Kevin O Brien - Ah yes ! The English seem to forgotten that game - lets keep this article on the front page for a few weeks longer. What a game that was - an associate nation with its part time players bringing to shame the nation that invented the game. What a game - what a team and what a player. We should have an annual celebration of that great game - as a token of encouragement to all the associate sides and underdogs out there playing the game.

  • Radha4krishnan on February 20, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    Just stop giving awards to Sachin Tendulkar. Time for him to leave the cricket. He deserves a big time Bye Bye award. NO cricketer shall play more than 3 world cup tournaments in his life. This should become a law without delay.

  • jason79 on February 20, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    Nice Going..One century in a year and an award in the Kitty ..guess not even the great Bradman had it so easy as Tendulkar....

  • dimz26 on February 20, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    Cricinfo awards??lol... how did sachin even come close to winning this award? his inability to score a century?? he's on the verge of being dropped and here he is with the best test batsman award. typical Indian way of awarding, Thank god these awards aren't noted by anybody... Its like you are white washed twice in a row on foreign soil and u still remain number 3 in test rankings... Funny how the ratings are given

  • Attractivue on February 20, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    Sachin should retire too, BCCI should learn from ACB. No player is above the team!

  • satish619chandar on February 20, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    What Chappel said on Sachin's innings was the best u can describe that innings.. The quality of bowling faced is one of the best you can get ever and given those conditions.. Bracewell's was one of the best spell produced in last year for sure without much disagreement..

  • JustIPL on February 20, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    Hopefully, next time Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman make take a slot provided they keep it up as it is.

  • johnathonjosephs on February 20, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    Tendulkar again slightly overrated. Samaraweera also toured South Africa and faced a man in insane form, Philander, and two in form Morkel and Steyns. Instead of Paul Harris he had to deal with Imran Tahir (more complete and better bowler). Tendulkar is chosen, because after all, he is Tendulkar. He has the big name next to him and he has the reputation. Therefore, whenever he makes a big score, it is shown as one of the best the world has seen. Samaraweera is a nobody. Though he did better than Tendulkar on the tour and faced better bowling in harder conditions, he won't get the recognition he deserves.

  • SyedArbabAhmed on February 20, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    Again Indians are rewarded, ICC is not free.

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  • SyedArbabAhmed on February 20, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    Again Indians are rewarded, ICC is not free.

  • johnathonjosephs on February 20, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    Tendulkar again slightly overrated. Samaraweera also toured South Africa and faced a man in insane form, Philander, and two in form Morkel and Steyns. Instead of Paul Harris he had to deal with Imran Tahir (more complete and better bowler). Tendulkar is chosen, because after all, he is Tendulkar. He has the big name next to him and he has the reputation. Therefore, whenever he makes a big score, it is shown as one of the best the world has seen. Samaraweera is a nobody. Though he did better than Tendulkar on the tour and faced better bowling in harder conditions, he won't get the recognition he deserves.

  • JustIPL on February 20, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    Hopefully, next time Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman make take a slot provided they keep it up as it is.

  • satish619chandar on February 20, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    What Chappel said on Sachin's innings was the best u can describe that innings.. The quality of bowling faced is one of the best you can get ever and given those conditions.. Bracewell's was one of the best spell produced in last year for sure without much disagreement..

  • Attractivue on February 20, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    Sachin should retire too, BCCI should learn from ACB. No player is above the team!

  • dimz26 on February 20, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    Cricinfo awards??lol... how did sachin even come close to winning this award? his inability to score a century?? he's on the verge of being dropped and here he is with the best test batsman award. typical Indian way of awarding, Thank god these awards aren't noted by anybody... Its like you are white washed twice in a row on foreign soil and u still remain number 3 in test rankings... Funny how the ratings are given

  • jason79 on February 20, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    Nice Going..One century in a year and an award in the Kitty ..guess not even the great Bradman had it so easy as Tendulkar....

  • Radha4krishnan on February 20, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    Just stop giving awards to Sachin Tendulkar. Time for him to leave the cricket. He deserves a big time Bye Bye award. NO cricketer shall play more than 3 world cup tournaments in his life. This should become a law without delay.

  • chokkashokka on February 20, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    Kevin O Brien - Ah yes ! The English seem to forgotten that game - lets keep this article on the front page for a few weeks longer. What a game that was - an associate nation with its part time players bringing to shame the nation that invented the game. What a game - what a team and what a player. We should have an annual celebration of that great game - as a token of encouragement to all the associate sides and underdogs out there playing the game.

  • Kirstenfan on February 20, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    So cricinfo readers went for 3 asians in the awards...there's a surprise