Readers' Choice February 20, 2011

Readers pick Indians and Pakistanis

ESPNcricinfo staff
Sehwag, Tendulkar, Junaid and Afridi take people's awards

ESPNcricinfo's readers have picked Sachin Tendulkar's 146 against South Africa in Cape Town as the Test batting performance of 2011, matching the Awards jury, who too voted the innings as the best of the year.

Indian batting faces off against Pakistani bowling in the readers' picks. Virender Sehwag's double-century against West Indies was the overwhelming favourite for ODI batting innings of the year. The two bowling choices were performances against Sri Lanka - Junaid Khan's 5 for 38 in Abu Dhabi, and Shahid Afridi's 5 for 35 during the ODI leg of the same series.

Sehwag's innings, the second double-hundred in ODIs, polled nearly twice as many votes as the nearest contender, MS Dhoni's 91 not out in the World Cup final. In the other categories, the voting was more even, with margins of between 10 and 20% separating the top two.

The Test batting category was the only one on which the readers and ESPNcricinfo's jury agreed. While Kevin O'Brien's 113 against England, the jury's choice for ODI batting performance of the year, was No. 3 on the readers' ODI batting list, the jury's winners in the bowling categories - Doug Bracewell in Tests and Mitchell Johnson in ODIs - only came in at No. 5 each on the readers' tallies.

There was more unanimity among the readers on the ODI performances than the Test ones - the winners in the one-day categories both polled about 27% of the votes each, as opposed to 23% in the Test segments.

Readers' top three in each category
Test Batting Test Bowling ODI Batting ODI Bowling
Sachin Tendulkar 146 v SA (23%) Junaid Khan 5 for 38 v SL (23%) Virender Sehwag 219 v WI (30%) Shahid Afridi 5 for 35 v SL (28%)
Rahul Dravid 146 v Eng (20%) R Ashwin 6 for 47 v WI (20%) MS Dhoni 91* v SL (16%) Lasith Malinga 5 for 28 v Aus (19%)
Kevin Pietersen 202 v Ind (15%) Vernon Philander 5 for 15 v Aus (19%) Kevin O'Brien 113 v Eng (13%) Munaf Patel 4 for 29 v SA (15%)

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  • noor on February 24, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    AFRIDI AND PAKISTAN ZINDABAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!keep up the good work PAK team

  • Raafey on February 23, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    wat about alastor cook??????????????????????????????????

  • Sialkoti on February 21, 2012, 1:44 GMT

    I don't know what a batsman need to do to win best performance in odi batting in any year. Sehwag scored 219 runs, is that performance not enough. He played the greatest innings of 41 years of ODI and still did not win by jury.

    Indian biase is there in polls but Sehwag did deserve the best innings of year 2011. May be jury was hoping 300 runs from Sehwag. Tragedy of the year.

  • Shujaat on February 21, 2012, 1:27 GMT

    Shahid Afridi we love you !!!

  • G on February 20, 2012, 22:23 GMT

    I couldn't agree with chilled_avenger more. Take the Bracewell example... that was 6 wicket bag for a test newcomer to help NZ beat AUS in a test match for the first time in 30 years. But then, like all biased voting, he didn't even get man of the match because the Australian public voted for it and chose a batmen who couldn't bat his team to a win. Is all a bit ridiculous.

  • Aleem on February 20, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    I am from Pakistan and believe me no doubts jury has something in his mind while selecting the winner but for readers don't know what they think while casting votes. Afridi and Sehwag were at their best on that days but i don't understand how Junaid Khan is at top while Phillander's Five-for was also one of the best bowling performance of the year. Similarly i respect Sachin Tendulkar from the depth of my heart but i think Warner's innings was much better then tendulkar's.....!!! Note: These are my personal views. Never wanted to heart anyone.

  • dj on February 20, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    What a total and complete farce this is.

  • I on February 20, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    Though much of this is predictable, I'm pleased to see Junaid Khan on top of the test bowling list. It might not have been the most electric performance or the most high-profile or pivotal match of the year, but it was definitely a treat to watch a young fast bowler take 5 very impressive against top-class batsman on a dead UAE pitch. Philander was great as well, but had a lot more assistance from playing alongside superior bowlers in more dominant test team, and on a pitch that offered a lot of assistance. Not as impressed by Ashwin though, but he's young and hopefully has a long way to go to show what he's capable of. And Afridi's 5/35 (+ his 75 precious runs with the tail) was the standout single-handed deliverance of victory in an ODI this year, he deserves the top slot.

  • krishna on February 20, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    My awards goes to Test Batting- Dravid Test Bowling- Bracewell ODI Batting- Gambhir in WC finals ODI Bowling- Afridi in WC

  • Siddarth on February 20, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    First things first, please remember this is a public poll, which are subjective at best. So it wouldn't make sense if we cry foul simply because our votes were not greater. If we want to point fingers then we can either question the necessity of such a poll. Or we can question the panels choice. But before hammering the panel, we will also need to remember that the judges consist of some of the most prominent cricketing professionals in the world, with far greater knowledge and cricketing experience who've actually done their homework unlike most of us readers.

    Now concerning the panels choice, how many readers are out there who've actually put in the effort to re-evaluate their decision by watching Sachins knock? Simply put, the panel of judges are entrusted with a job that isn't as simple as pointing fingers.

    And no, i'm not one of the judges :)

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