ESPNcricinfo Awards 2012

Pietersen and Philander take Test awards

Kohli, Perera, Samuels and Malinga take ODI and T20 prizes

ESPNcricinfo staff

March 11, 2013

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Kevin Pietersen celebrates his hundred, India v England, 2nd Test, Mumbai, 2nd day, November 25, 2012
Kevin Pietersen's 186 against India in Mumbai was a counter-attacking gem © BCCI

Kevin Pietersen's 186 against India in Mumbai has been voted the top Test batting performance of 2012 in the sixth annual ESPNcricinfo Awards, announced today. Vernon Philander took the Test bowling award for his five-for against England at Lord's.

Pietersen's innings was instrumental in England turning the Test series around after their loss in the first match; they went on to win the series 2-1, their first series win in India in nearly 30 years. Philander's 5 for 30 was his fifth five-wicket haul in the first ten Test matches of an extraordinarily prolific career. Geoff Boycott, one of the judges, said: "It was the importance of the occasion that made his performance special. The No. 1 and 2 teams were playing, he picked the top batsmen first up and grabbed the initiative. It put England on the back foot right away."

The one-day batting award went to Virat Kohli for his unbeaten 133 in India's chase of 320 against Sri Lanka in the CB Series. The innings was an 86-ball blitzkrieg that kept India alive in the CB Series when they achieved a target of 321 in under 37 overs.

The ODI bowling award was taken by Thisara Perera for his 6 for 44 against Pakistan in Pallekele, in which he took wickets with the first balls of three spells, leading Sri Lanka to a 76-run win.

The T20 winners were Marlon Samuels for his 78 in the World Twenty20 final against Sri Lanka, a match where 13 batsmen made single-digit scores; and Lasith Malinga's 5 for 31 against England earlier in the tournament.

The awards were decided by a 14-member jury that included former players Rahul Dravid, Ian Chappell, Ramiz Raja, Geoff Boycott, Sanjay Manjrekar and Russel Arnold, and ESPNcricinfo's senior writers, who all picked their top three performances in each category from shortlists of nominees.

Saeed Ajmal, who became the first player in the history of the awards to be nominated in all three bowling categories, did not win an award, though he swept the readers' choice category.

Save for Malinga, who won the ODI bowling award in the inaugural year of the ESPNcricinfo Awards, in 2008, the other winners are all first-timers. In the six-year history of the awards, Virender Sehwag, Lasith Malinga, Umar Gul and Dale Steyn have each won two awards; Sachin Tendulkar tops the table with three wins.

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Posted by cric_J on (March 13, 2013, 5:15 GMT)

Why is it that all hell breaks loose if aseamer is not able to bowl well on dry, turning spin friendly wickets while it isn't quiet the same if spinners struggle on seam friendly wickets.Atleast this is just the case with Ajmal.After all the chants about him being a great "mystery" bowler,the fact remains that all of his success has been on spin friendly wickets.Even his 10 wicket haul in SA,although a very good effort was on a spin assisting wicket.But in the other matches he appeared pretty ordinary and certainly no "mystery man".I am in no way implying that he is not a good bowler but definitely overrated.Swann is the best spinner at the moment as he gets wickets all around the world.

Posted by Arsenali5t on (March 12, 2013, 21:56 GMT)

Du Plessis and his marathon on debut at Adelaide? I think that shaded anything and everything related to Test batting this year.

Posted by B.C.G on (March 12, 2013, 11:32 GMT)

@Greatest_game,soso killer,surlycynic-Why do you post immature stuff & bash other teams players & performances?Being a big SAfrican fan myself;I couldn't care less,if our players aren't even nominated.This is so trivial men.As long as we stay at the top & out of controversy then fine. By such juvenile remarks you'll are certainly spoiling the name of your teams fellow fans & unnecesarily inviting the wrath of foriegn fans.

Remember there is a Champions Trophy coming up.If we get knocked out in classical style-------------------------------------I don't expect anyone to have sympathy for us. Leave this arrogant rants to the fans of other countries.We are no.1.Lets maintain that high standard in our views & opinions.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 11:07 GMT)

WTH why Umar Gul's heroic performance in T20 against SA is neglected. why Nasir Jamshed is out of equation when he hit back to back hundreds against India?

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (March 12, 2013, 9:26 GMT)

No award for Nathan Lyon? Now there's a surprise.

Posted by Red_Stripe on (March 12, 2013, 9:04 GMT)

@Greatest_Game you have fallen into the unfortunate trap of quoting stats when trying to back up your argument. This award isn't about stats, its about an individual performance in a match situation, on a particular surface, within the context of a series. We are all totally convinced that Amla has had a wonderful year alongside the SA team and has had some great performances, but KPs innings should not be denied. I promise you if you had watched the innings and the series you would not be questioning it so strongly. Amla maybe batsman of the year but KP's was the iconic innings.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 8:40 GMT)

why are we worried who gets the awards. I know how good amla is and how KP plays. I don't think Amla is worried about that award. He just want to score runs for his team and keep on winning. They could give that award to chris martin. who cares. Stop crying over nothing.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (March 12, 2013, 8:24 GMT)

Absolute farce that KP got this award by the the way. It shouldve been Hashim Amla who is far more consistent, scores tougher runs and at a better rate. Well done ECB and BCCI on this one.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (March 12, 2013, 8:21 GMT)

Well done, best batsman and best bowler in Tests were both South African. Im pleased.

Posted by cric_J on (March 12, 2013, 8:16 GMT)

@Greatest_Game I bet you haven't WATCHED KP's innings(and I do not mean the highlights) and that is why you are questioning his award.My advise would be that you grab hold of it as soon as possible.It was a pure treat.Stamped with class and grit.I have seen Amla's 311* and 196 and in no way am I demeaning his performances.Infact I am one of the most surprised people when it comes to his not winning awards.I do agree that the Indian attack was far weaker than Australia's but the Mumbai wicket was seemingly a more difficult one to bat on and Pitersen has been known for his problems against left arm spin.Also Eng was thrashed in the first match while SA were not so the momentum shift for Eng was more necessary.Moreover the mere authority with which KP played and made the bowlers ball where he wanted them to does justice to the decision.Not to mention that it was a day 3 wicket which turns alot in Mumbai .One of the best innings on Indian soil by a touring batsman.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (March 12, 2013, 6:51 GMT)

@ yorkshiregenius. You wrote "KP deserved this award since his inning was the turning point of Eng's success…"

Amla's 196 against Australia, on a pitch which averaged 31 runs per wicket, (the same runs per wicket as Mumbai,) was in SA's last innings in a series tied at 0-0. Amla scored more runs than KP, at a higher strike rate, and his inningss was ABSOLUTELY the turning point for SA. After 2 grueling tests & no result, SA took the match from Aus with a stunning 2nd innings. If Clarke - that great sportsman - had not deliberately changed field positions every ball, one more over would have been played that session, & Amla would not have been stranded on 99, but would have made a century in a session.

You also wrote "The only negative point about KP's inning is it came against a weak bowling attack." India took only 10 English wickets, however, Aus' bowling took 20.

Amla - more runs, faster SR, tougher bowling, & won the tightest series of the year. Way more deserving than KP.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (March 12, 2013, 6:28 GMT)

SA vs India, 2010. In 3 inngs Amla scores 490 runs, ave - 490! Highest score - 253 not out. Other scores, 114, & 123 not out (same match.)

Eng in India, 2013. In 7 inngs, KP scores 338 runs, ave 48.28. Highest score, 186. Other innings, 17, 2, 54, 0, 73, 6.

What's special about KP's century? Pujara & Cook scored tons in that match. Yes, centuries do get scored in India - see Amla's 3 innings!

Is the argument for KP's innings that it was a tough pitch, or his high strike rate? In that test 940 runs were scored, 30 wickets taken. Ave - 31.33 per wicket. KP's strike rate was 79.82. 2 other batsmen scored tons.

2012. SA in Aus. Amla scores 196 at a strike rate of 88.6. On that pitch 1205 runs were scored, 40 wickets taken - ave 31.97 per wicket.

Both pitches averaged 31 per wicket, but Amla scored more runs, at a higher strike rate, in a test where only 1 other ton was scored.

What then makes KP's innings better? Less runs and a slower strike rate? Or because he plays for Eng?

Posted by dariuscorny on (March 12, 2013, 4:28 GMT)

@Soso_killer Amla's 311 also was against a pedestrian attack and it was a highway full of runs,infact clarke's double century against SA was commendable

Posted by joseyesu on (March 12, 2013, 4:01 GMT)

@yorkshiregenius - Kohli's award is for the century in Aus and not in Ind. Apart from Bell in the playing 11, Eng team was very msuch Team A and not B.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 2:06 GMT)

Seems like only matches involved England are considered for Awards in Test Format, Just like how the Famous Shane Warne Bowled Mike Gatting announced as Ball Of The Century. :)

Posted by yorkshiregenius on (March 12, 2013, 1:50 GMT)

KP deserved this award since his inning was the turning point of England's B teams success against that mighty home champions. The only negative point about KP's inning is it came against a weak bowling attack. Anyway he still deserves it. It's kind of funny Malinga wins best bowling performance in T20 irrespective of being at the receiving end in best T20 inning. Kohli is a kind of player who can perform well on Indian flat highways. I have a doubt about his award.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2013, 20:40 GMT)

Kevin Pieterson is one of the most overrated batsmen. Far too inconsistent. Get a hundred in the first innings and a duck in the second and you still average 50. When he plays well he looks good when he fails he looks incredibly stupid. This was a good innings to be considered for this award but not good enough to beat Amla or du Plessis.

Posted by Soso_killer on (March 11, 2013, 19:33 GMT)

India's bowling attack is hardly anything to shout home about either, that should have been taken into consideration. SA and Australia were both dismissed under 250 in the 1st innings on a bouncy difficult pitch. And yet Amla scored at over 7 an over. That was the greatest innings of all time. Any one who has cricket brain will tell you that it was a tougher pitch and a far superior bowling attack to Indias. The same attack that destroyed India 4-0. I dont take these so-called pundits seriously any more.

Whats this mouthing off about KP 149 against SA? That innings only helped England to draw. Amla 311 and 196 were comfortabely the best Innings in 2012 against far superior attacks, and yielded victories. Faf's 110 of 372 comes 3rd. I cant believe we are even having a debate here. RIDICULOUS!!

Posted by yoogi on (March 11, 2013, 17:43 GMT)

I didnt question the Pietersens award, but I would give it for his 150 odd agains SAffers. Because once a wicket scores 40 odd runs, indians goes to defensive mode and it becomes lot easier to score off them. But to score agains SA when all other batsmen fail, thats classic.

Posted by Smahuta on (March 11, 2013, 17:37 GMT)

Amlas triple at the oval should have won that award. It was only the second triple in history at that ground and setup the series win for SA.

Posted by Thefakebook on (March 11, 2013, 17:20 GMT)

Nothing for superman Clarke?King Kallis?Amla?AB?M.Hussey?

Posted by cric_J on (March 11, 2013, 17:17 GMT)

I would like to believe that this was probably one of the best years as far as test batting is concerned There were several good knocks and almost all of them deserved some accolade.For me the best innings of 2012(in almost the same order) were :KP(186 vs Ind), Amla(311* vs Eng), Cook(176 vs Ind), Faf(110* vs Aus),KP(151 vs SL),Clarke(329* vs Ind) and KP(149 vs SA).No one would deny that Clarke followed by Amla were the best batsmen in tests in 2012.But 3 of the most impactful innings came from KP.His 151 vs SL was gritty,149 vs SA was flamboyant(probably the only time in the series when the SA bowlers looked in trouble) and his 186 was a classic gem.Also he deserves the award more than others because that was the toughest pitch to bat on among all the nominees , it was on day 2 and 3 and turned the series on its head.My personal favourite though would be Cook's 176 for the sheer grit and patience of the man.It eventually proved to be the turning point if the series.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (March 11, 2013, 16:52 GMT)

@CS global offensive . Your name is too long dude. U r right I believe Swan is the best spinner in world right now with a simple action and not to forget he bowls in ENG Wher hardly ther is something for spinners

Posted by AKS286 on (March 11, 2013, 16:48 GMT)

Due to Ajmal Pak team has some respect in UAE. otherwise Pak & WI (except world class SHIVY) are not eligible for TEST status. even NZ also. THE Award of Weapon of mass destruction of batsmen is AFRICAN DEADLY BARRAGE (Steyn, Morkel, Phil, Tsotsobe, DeLange,)-- BAtting Destroyed anywhere, anypitch.

Posted by Soso_killer on (March 11, 2013, 16:06 GMT)

What a joke! what about Amla's performance in Australia making a 100 in a session going at over 7 runs an over, going on to make 196. Even Ricky Ponting said "it was the most dominant display i have ever seen in Australia by a visiting team. Teams are usually afraid to press home their advantage here". Australia lost that game by 300+ runs and should/could have been 400 if it was not for the tail. I'm not even going to mention his unbeaten 311* in England. Is Amla ever going to win an award? The guy averages 60+ in both ODI and Test over a 4 year period. I give up, South Africa has no voice whatsoever in cricket despite being comfortably the best team in the world.

Posted by Porky_PigTheToon on (March 11, 2013, 15:54 GMT)

@ Imsrk

I would not say, Ajmal is ordinary but he indeed is over-rated.

If he plays in sub-continent where there is help of spinners, he looks dangerous. But if pitches are not assisting spin bowling, he looks clueless. In SA too in 2nd Test match, when he got sub-continent type pitch, he picked 10 wickets. But in other tests, he had No Clue what was going on as pitch was not assisting him.

Posted by swat1999 on (March 11, 2013, 15:17 GMT)

Very good judgement. Thanks all the Judges. Actual winner is cricket itself and we the people who love cricket

Posted by jb633 on (March 11, 2013, 14:58 GMT)

Don't get me wrong Amla's knock was true class but the pitch was so flat. KP made his on one of the most rancid turner's seen in the last decade. Just look at the Inidan second innings and you can see how difficult the pitch was to bat on. They were both classy knocks but simply for the pitch that KP made his runs on, he deserves all the credit. Clarke's also deserve a mention but runs made at home are always weighted less than those made in "alien" conditions. I think Philander's spell against Oz was actually better than his one at Lord's. The 47 all out job was great viewing. Ajmal must feel aggreived that his spells against England have no mention.

Posted by Red_Stripe on (March 11, 2013, 14:39 GMT)

Anyone questioning KP's inclusion clearly didn't witness the innings or the test match. This was an innings of sheer brilliance on a typical Indian turner that nearly all other batsman in the match struggled on. The fact he made it look so easy comparatively to other batsmen is the reason for this award. It also was such an amazing turn around from his struggles in the first test. Harsh on Amla but this was typical KP box office and what makes test cricket so watchable, thoroughly deserved.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (March 11, 2013, 14:37 GMT)

Ajmal is an ordinary bowler like all Pak batsman

Posted by gsingh7 on (March 11, 2013, 14:31 GMT)

amla and clarke triples over kp any day of week. malinga is over rated as shown by kohli and samuels. ajmal did well in uae but outside of homegrounds he is mediocre to say the least.look sa 3-0 win last month for reference. monty deserve award for winning games single handedly in india. he is best bowler on rank turners.

Posted by Porky_PigTheToon on (March 11, 2013, 14:29 GMT)

Kohli - Unbelievable innings both against SL and Pak.

Posted by SurlyCynic on (March 11, 2013, 14:27 GMT)

Bilal Khan Khalil : The award is not for bowler of the year, it is for a single performance. So the likes of Ajmal, Amla, Clarke dominated during the year but there were other individual performances which were judged to have been better. This is debatable of course, but debate one-off performances not 'bowler of the year'.

Posted by Albert_cambell on (March 11, 2013, 14:24 GMT)

Batsman like kohlie, pujara can be found in every streets of durban. Both are overrated batsmen. They can only score runs in those flat roads. Wait till they visit us SA in november. I cant wait till we crush this overrated indian team.

Posted by Albert_cambell on (March 11, 2013, 14:21 GMT)

@ PkZindabaad. I agree with u mate. he is definitely overrated. Most of his runs came in those roads in subcontinent. Another Flat track bullie is in the making.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2013, 14:20 GMT)

kohli's innings at hobart was incredible..

Posted by Papa_Tango on (March 11, 2013, 14:17 GMT)

So because the No.1 and No.2 teams were playing therefore Philander's wickets in ONE test was the tipping point? When the No.1 test team played the Pakistanis in the UAE and one bowler bamboozled them across the three tests starting from the first one, thus putting the No.1 test team on the back foot does not matter. Boycott at that time and still considers the whitewash by Pakistan a lucky thing for the Pakistanis -Pakistan did not win as much as England lost the series. After having lost his homes in his now famous bet, he will continue to rue the Pakistanis, afterall with all their baggage, how dare they? Sad.

Posted by PAKISTANiLive on (March 11, 2013, 14:05 GMT)

Ajmal, the only actual bowler, who always takes wickets, when his team is under-pressure!

Posted by   on (March 11, 2013, 13:57 GMT)

Everybody knows better that Saeed Ajmal should be there in the winners list, he should have been given two awards at least. He deserves to have all three but two should have been given ODI and T20I bowler of the year. They have given an award to Thisara Perera, he doesn't deserve that award, he is not a bowler of the class.


Posted by SAFTW on (March 11, 2013, 13:53 GMT)

Hashim Amla's 311* against England, the number 1 test team at the time, which lead South Africa to defeat England by an innings was not good enough to receive this award? Everyone was getting thrashed in England to the point where England became a bastion like India once was at home. Kevin Pieterson's knock was a great knock but it does not come close to Hashim's knock. Think he was robbed here. Good thing his such a humble guy and probably does no think he deserves it.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (March 11, 2013, 13:46 GMT)

Good that bowlers with comtraverisial action did not get any awards

Posted by AKS286 on (March 11, 2013, 13:18 GMT)

So Mr. KP will you again think of retirement from test cricket?

Posted by AKS286 on (March 11, 2013, 13:17 GMT)

yes good to see all winners except T.Perera's award. I think it is very disappointment N.Lyon deserves the award of "WORLD's BEST SPINNER IN THE HISTORY OF CRICKET". but its so simple about Lyon the Nominee is better than judges,

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (March 11, 2013, 12:57 GMT)

it is probably quite difficult to judge which innings played has been the best in a year. KP played three of the top innings in 2012,and of these the Mumbai one was adjudged best. Unsurprisingly given the venue, the circumstances and the outcome. This Test was absolutely pivotal in determining the destination of the series and the sides' subsequent standing in world cricket. GD's article too is in no way a lesser offering fitting to the occasion. Sometimes as here he really pulls the stops out, and I particularly enjoyed his comparison between KP and the great Picasso. In KP we have a genius batsman and we should treasure him as such.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2013, 12:39 GMT)

Kula's give for in australia was amazing! Not international cricket but Malinga's 6/7 vs perth scorchers was pretty awesome to watch. Amla does deserve an award for sure

Posted by SurlyCynic on (March 11, 2013, 11:50 GMT)

Best innings for 2013 is surely Finn's flamboyant half-century, allowing England to secure a magnificent and inspiring backs-to-the-wall draw against New Zealand. Start looking for a trophy cabinet Finn.

Posted by peter56 on (March 11, 2013, 11:49 GMT)

congrats to KP it was a great innings. but again everything is exagerated where he is concerned. the pitch was a turner, but not a"raging" turner and this was the worst Indian Spin attack in 60 years. Any time Kp plays a good innings George Dobell rushes to make comparisons with Viv Richards,I remember Viv in only his second test making 192* Against Indias Greatest ever spin attack of Bedi Prasanna and venkat in Delhi in 1974. a far greater innings,by a far greater player.A fairer comparison would be that KP is a right handed Clive LLoyd a wonderful destroyer of better attacks than Kp has ever or will ever have to face in that same series Clive scored 242* in Mumbai and 163 in Bangalore.

Posted by PkZindabaad on (March 11, 2013, 11:45 GMT)

Amla's knock was better than KP. Arrogant Kohli is over rated

Posted by   on (March 11, 2013, 11:44 GMT)

I don't know why the jury ignore Saeed Ajmal who is world class bowler and magician of bowling. If look to comparison with bowler who won the award Saeed Ajmal having more good records.

Posted by CricketPissek on (March 11, 2013, 11:44 GMT)

looking at how Australia crumbled against this Indian attack should make the KP bashers realise how difficult that innings was. His 151 against SL in SL was arguably better IMHO

Posted by Hira1 on (March 11, 2013, 11:19 GMT)

KP innings was the best of the year and if any innings could match his 186 than I think its KP own innings of 151 against Srilanka, he deserve rightly the award and so is Samuels without him WI couldn't have won the cup.....

Posted by satishchandar on (March 11, 2013, 10:46 GMT)

Oops.. How in the world did i overlook Faf's absolute stunning defense against all the odds? If KP was flamboyant and smcked it, Faf's was mentally too strong and snail pace but did the tougher job.. Especially in the T20 era. He deserved the top award for tests..

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (March 11, 2013, 10:35 GMT)

KP's Knock deserved to win. Any knocks by Clarke, who hides down at 5 or 6 and only faces a tired attack with an old ball, has correctly been put in it's place by the ICC awards. Amla's 300 deserves a mention though, coming in the first game of a series against the world number 1 completely grasped the momentum from the off.

Posted by mylife4cricket on (March 11, 2013, 10:31 GMT)

I think Amla deserved an award too.

Posted by cric_J on (March 11, 2013, 10:30 GMT)

People here may wag their tongues as much as they want but the fact remains that KP's 186 at Mumbai was an innings that probably very few players would be able to associate themselves with.I have never been a KP fan but that 186 on a seemingly minefield wicket and that too on days 2 and 3 of the test match required some class and guts."This is one of the best I have seen from a touring batsman in such conditions" is how Sourav Ganguly put it.And those who saw the complete innings as I did, would think twice before they differ.The mere impact it had on the match,series(Eng thrashed in the first test) and the opposition was commendable.Amla and Clarke made triples but the conditons there favoured batting and the pressure level was seemingly lesser.Although I hate it pretty much that even when Amla is the most consistent batsmen across ODIs and tests , very few awards come his way.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2013, 10:22 GMT)

i thought Micheal Clark 320* wast better then kp

Posted by 2nd_Slip on (March 11, 2013, 10:19 GMT)

Absolutely appaling and rediculous Amlas 311* was by far the best batting performance in 2012.Foreing conditions, against what was then there top attack in the world, Amla, Kallis and Smith pretty much set the tone for the rest of the series with that superb batting performance. Faf's century against Aus is also better in terms of turning the series around. As much as KP's knock was good it was ,after all ,against a relatively weaker attack than that faced by Amla and Faf in their superb performances.

Posted by Starboomber on (March 11, 2013, 9:50 GMT)

No innings turned a series like Faf's innings...

Posted by   on (March 11, 2013, 9:34 GMT)

Good Choices....Amla can won Player of the year but for a single inning it was KP..right choice as per situations and impact .

Posted by fast_gun on (March 11, 2013, 9:27 GMT)

Whatever happened to Faf Du Plessis' 100 against Australia, in trying conditions, when team was down, and looked like they were going to loose? does that not make a blip on the ESPN radar? I guess it always goes to sub-continent teams, and innings played there.

Posted by boehj on (March 11, 2013, 9:14 GMT)

Kulasekara can feel very hard done by for not picking up the ODI bowling award. He was unplayable.

Posted by bestbuddy on (March 11, 2013, 9:12 GMT)

Exactly how was KP's effort better than Amla's 311* at Lords, where in a single knock he scored half the runs England made in 2 entire innings, being part of a double century partnership followed by a triple century partnership?! That innings set the tone for the entire tour, killing England belief and ensuring South Africa would be No1 in the world by the end of the series. Moreover, his near run a ball 196 (his 100 came of just 87 balls, and he scored 99 in a session, almost becoming the first batsman in what, 50 years to score a hundred in a session) in Australia to take the momentum and game away from the opposition (again) was at least as good as Pietersen's knock. Despite being the best Test and ODI batsman of the last 3-4 years Amla has still not been recognised for it, very disappointing.

Posted by freeurmind101 on (March 11, 2013, 9:08 GMT)

These so called "experts" know nothing. KP over Amla and Clarke is particularly ridiculous. Thankfully the readers have more sense.

Posted by BEST.TEAM.XI on (March 11, 2013, 9:04 GMT)

HASHIM AMLA'S 329* against was the best innings by any batsman in test in 2012 it set the tone for the rest of the series he played flawlessly through out the innings a marathon innings ...... what has HASHIM AMLA done wrong why isn't he getting the awards i am really disappointed to see this

Posted by BEST.TEAM.XI on (March 11, 2013, 8:57 GMT)

Is there any rivalry between the cricket awards and HASHIM AMLA why isn't hw getting any awards ???????????

Posted by PadMarley on (March 11, 2013, 8:45 GMT)

Malinga is undoubtedly the best limited overs bowler in the current cricket world. Its very rare that he has a bad day. When he has a bad day, its usually an extra ordinary performance by a batsmen. And that fact is clearly shown in both T20 and ODI batting awards. Khohli and Samuels !! those innings were mainly about batting superbly against Malinga.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2013, 8:19 GMT)

KP's innings was breathtaking & deserves all the praise.The only doubt would be of Philander's as Monty spell against India in Mumbai or Steyn's 5 for at Oval's flat track are better options as it was at a crucial point of the series

Posted by SherjilIslam on (March 11, 2013, 8:07 GMT)

@satishchander: I guess Kula's spell came in jan 2013, and the awards were supposed to consider the performance of 2012 only. I think the awards are fair enough.All those performances are just fantabulous, and turned the course of the match/series. To me, Samuel's knock in T-20 final and KP's 186 are one of the all time great knocks that ever played in the respective formats.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2013, 8:01 GMT)

Nothing for Sunil Narine?

Posted by Simoc on (March 11, 2013, 7:59 GMT)

I happened to see Kohli and Samuels efforts and they were the best I have seen. Malinga though on the receiving end of Samuels, is the best bowler in T20. No arguments from me on the awards.

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