ICC awards 2012

Sangakkara's reign is South Africa's pain

Kumar Sangakkara was the big winner but the night's biggest disappointments were for South Africa, whose only award came in T20

Andrew Fernando in Colombo

September 16, 2012

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Kumar Sangakkara won the ICC Cricketer of the Year and the ICC Test player of the Year Award, Colombo, September 15, 2012
Kumar Sangakkara even managed to pip Sachin Tendulkar for the People's Choice Award © AFP

Kumar Sangakkara will almost certainly need to expand an already teeming mantelpiece after winning three ICC awards, including the two most vaunted prizes for Test Cricketer and Cricketer of the Year, not two weeks after also taking home the three top trophies from SLC's awards night. It is fitting that he has dealt in threes, given that is his batting position. Or maybe the Water's Edge ballroom in Colombo that hosted both evenings is just a successful venue for him, much like the MCG was for Donald Bradman. How he pipped Sachin Tendulkar for the People's Choice Award, voted for by the public, was the enigma of the evening. Perhaps Kanye West could have quietly asked around. Tendulkar is one of the most popular cricketers of all time.

Michael Slater suited up alongside UK TV presenter Sarah-Jane Mee to host the evening, and though the jokes could have, at times, used a little more commitment, they kept the show moving at a brisk enough pace to keep the audience entertained. The teams were all out in force from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, and after all the commotion over Saeed Ajmal's omission from all the awards nominees lists, even Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez was in attendance along with Asad Shafiq, Imran Nazir, and several Pakistan support staff. When asked whom he thought would win the evening's big prize, coach Dav Whatmore resisted stirring the pot.

Daniel Vettori was among the first on stage, becoming the first individual recipient of the Spirit of Cricket Award, which had previously been handed out to the team who played the game in the best spirit. This 'spirit' is one of the fuzziest concepts in the game and Vettori tried valiantly to explain what it meant. "Going out on the field with the general mindset to play the game in the right way and always in the right frame of mind," he said. Well, then, that disambiguates it right up.

Kumar Dharmasena became Umpire of the Year, almost foreshadowing the haul that was to follow for the other Kumar, but when Sangakkara's montage for Test player of the year came up on the screen, it seemed as if the ICC were intent on sabotaging him. Fellow nominees Hashim Amla, Vernon Philander and Michael Clarke were depicted in their moments of success - a raised bat, at cracking stroke or a wicket celebration. All Sangakkara got was a streaky edge past slip. "I don't think he would have wanted to see that," Philander said not-so-quietly, over a round of chuckles.

The biggest disappointments of the evening were for South Africa, who despite claiming the No.1 ranking in all three forms of the game in an outstanding year, could only muster an award between them - and that only for Twenty20. Philander's 56 wickets at an average of 16.57 was overlooked, with even Sangakkara sheepishly admitting that Philander had dismissed him twice in South Africa. Hashim Amla meanwhile, scored at a significantly superior average to Sangakkara in both Tests and ODis in the period considered, even if he could not match Sangakkara's volume of runs, having played fewer matches. When the final award for Cricketer of the Year was announced, the South Africa table was a wall of blank stares, save for Philander who raised his eyebrows, partly in astonishment, but mainly in resignation. Having achieved so much in twelve months as a team, South Africa might have justifiably expected recognition for the individuals who were instrumental to their success.

It was the hometown hero though, who emerged the night's big winner. His own father may chide him with the line "I don't know how you are playing for your country when you bat like a donkey," but 2901 runs in Tests and ODIs was substantial enough to sway the judges.

Andrew Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Sri Lanka

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Posted by des03 on (September 19, 2012, 13:00 GMT)

I am a huge fan of Sanga, but come on ICC, Ashim Amla what a way to finish this year in England, completely dominated every format. Amla's stroke play has been amazing to say the least. An in all honestly if Amla continues on his merry path, his average and runs will smash Sanga's in a shorther time period. And talking about fastest to reach 8000 and 9000 runs, Amla is the fastest to reach 3000 runs, i think Amla is built for the long run though, an he is surely to bag some awards next year.

Posted by davi7england on (September 18, 2012, 11:14 GMT)

@CRmadrid. The award is for Cricketer of the Year, so unless Sanga played all those 111 games in the last 12 months, your argument is null and void. But if you want to go down that path you need to account for where those stats are generally pulled from - Sanga's home conditions are tame next to the hostile tracks one can find in SA. The sub continent lends itself to large averages. All that said, I could watch Sanga bat all day, he's sheer class. I just feel he was pipped by Amla over the last 12 months.

Posted by Geeebs on (September 18, 2012, 10:25 GMT)

This is without doubt the worst selection committee ever. First Ajmal was omitted from the list which is absolutely ridiculous and if that wasn´t enough to prove my point Vernon was not chosen to be the cricketer of the year. Please don´t take runs scored anywhere in the subcontinent while discussing stats. Anyone can score a 100 and Sanga and Jaya will milk the bowlers anyday at SSC. Totally apalling.

Posted by ahead-of-time on (September 18, 2012, 8:04 GMT)

Great article, kumara Darmasena is a well deserved winner.

Posted by   on (September 17, 2012, 20:50 GMT)

Won't bother with these awards ever again. Perhaps Amla looks too Pakistani for an award.

Posted by the_wallster on (September 17, 2012, 14:12 GMT)

South Africa have only got themselves to blame for this continued oversight. If they seek to receive international recognition, they must play more cricket, particularly Test cricket. Simple.

Posted by devindea on (September 17, 2012, 9:18 GMT)

Loved the kanye west reference :D congrats sanga!

Posted by   on (September 17, 2012, 8:58 GMT)

@ Daryl Gobey funny maaan How many matches has Amla played altogether... 62 but His career avg still 49.95 while Sanga Played 111 matches and his career avg is 56.73 ... how come when he play less number of matches and still avg not pass 50..? Dont forget Sanga was the wicket keeper for very long time in his career.. n his avg is over 70 after giving up the keeping duties... btw hes the 3 in the list of most 200' s only behind Lara and Bradman ... not to forget his number of 190's and will Amla ever able to score 4 consecutive 150's as sanga did... ? Hes the fastest to reach 8000 and 9000 test runs surpassing Sachin and Dravid ... Will Amla be ever be able to Achieve those records ? I didnt mention abt Sangas World record Partnership.. Against SA.. Wotta Thrashing it was... :P

Posted by CRmadrid on (September 17, 2012, 7:32 GMT)

Seriously Andrew,what are you trying to prove here?

Posted by   on (September 17, 2012, 6:21 GMT)

Congratulation to Sanga and All fellow Lankan cricket fanatic, He is truly awesome , thoroughly deserved this award. Guys who are chanting about about Sanga not deserving award are fanbias and nothing esle. the way sanga scored match saving 211 against Pakistan in truly testing conditions is absolutely need to admire,

Posted by MelbourneMiracle on (September 17, 2012, 6:07 GMT)

@johnathanjosephs: Thanks mate for the statistics..it's great to know that there are wise followers of the game are still existing like you...it's really sad that people come who have never touched a cricket bat or a ball come and put their comments here against a legendary cricketer like Sanga! feedback would've been different if Sanga was an Indian....sour grapes!

Posted by CharlesDS on (September 17, 2012, 4:57 GMT)

people stop crying...sanga won fair and square...the selection committee are from all across the world...and legends... so stop crying. they obviously know what the hell they are talking about.... do u guys watch the oscars...tom cruise or brad pitt or will smith have never won....why ? ... bec they are not that great... their movies did well ....some of the best block busters of all time...but acting is not recognised by the peers....they see an angle we simply do not...

Posted by MelbourneMiracle on (September 17, 2012, 4:50 GMT)

@Erantha: Well said man! Let's pray for those who say that Sanga doesn't deserve these awards! :)

Posted by BeCalmAndSupportEngland on (September 17, 2012, 1:21 GMT)

@Kunal_Ind_SA:ok in sanga's long cricket career how many matches did he play against ausies i mean test matches.in australia just 2matches.check out the average in those matches and then speak.u indian guys always say sanga, mahela are flat track bullies.check out thier records they are better than ur indian batters in overseas.Does dhoni has a 100 outside india?please answer for this question.compare dhonis averages in india and outside india.(in tests)

Posted by othello22 on (September 17, 2012, 0:34 GMT)

I have nothing but respect and admiration for Sangakkara but I'm puzzled as to how he has won this award over far worthier players. Test player of the year? If Philander doesn't win that one then quite obviously they are never planning to award it to another bowler ever again. If it absolutely MUST be a batsman, then Hashim Amla and Michael Clarke have been better performed test batsmen over the past year or so.

Posted by   on (September 17, 2012, 0:00 GMT)

@Erantha The ICC Test, ODI or Cricketer of year should be based on the past year performance not the entire career of the player. Sanga did amazingly well to score all those runs make us Lankans proud but I'd rather see a deserving winner than shout in jubilation just because he the winner is Lankan. That's why I think Amla is more deserving because not only did he score the runs but they also contributed to the rise of SA cricket.

Us Lankans should be more proud of Dharme winning the umpire of the year award.

Posted by proteasfan99 on (September 16, 2012, 23:08 GMT)

to be honest Vernon Philander deserved the award. To be ranked number 2 after less than 11 is phenominal. Personally South Africa needed something out of the ordinary to rise to number 1 test status and Vern provided that. The batting for S.A has always been good but to have someone out stage Morne n Dale is awesome. To me he is the test cricketer of the year. And Hashim is Cricketer of the year. Sangakkara is a great player and we all love him but to be honest even he knows the award wasnt his.

Posted by ChulaW on (September 16, 2012, 22:57 GMT)

Cricketer of the Year rarely goes to bowlers.. only Mitchell Johnson won it as a pure bowler ever... Another example is 2006.. murali had probably the best year a bowler had in a century, but Ponting won again.

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (September 16, 2012, 21:38 GMT)

Cricketer of the year: Sangakkara really had no contest. Amla played like 8 or 9 ODI"s and 5 of them in the last 2 weeks only. Also, Amla's 300* was a huge boost for his average. If you omit that score, his average would have been below Sangakkara who made 1 Double Century and 2 190's (including a 199*) this year. Sanga also scored a century a piece in England, South Africa, an ODI century in Australia, a double century in Abu Dhabai against Pakistan. Doesn't anybody find it amazing that the Number 1 Test Team, England struggled to score 200 runs COLLECTIVELY against Saeed Ajmal and Rehman, but Sangakkara himself scored 200 BY HIMSELF in the same grounds? He then smashed 2 190's off Saeed Ajmal and Co at HOME. Instrumental in Sri Lanka's historic first win in South Africa (made century) and saved a match in England. Then he helped Sri Lanka get to the CB Finals by kicking World Champions, India, out of the tournament. Show me Amla's CV and tell if it stacks to this

Posted by   on (September 16, 2012, 21:03 GMT)

I think kumar sangakkara was the deserving winner because at times he was the only one in his team to stand alone.he saved many test matches on his own and same was in the one dayers.on the other hand hashim amla and micheal clarke played brilliantly and i am also a fan of amla but they have many other good players also in their team.I think that was the reason to chose sanga.

Posted by AllroundCricketFan on (September 16, 2012, 20:11 GMT)

Well, we all know either Hashim Amla or Vernon Philander were more deserving of these awards. Anyways, well done to Sanga, even though he would quietly admit astonishment at winning all 3. Well the ICC has to come up with a better and fairer way of distributing these awards. Starting off with not making the cut off period in the middle of a series. Well, if this is the criterion for next years awards, we all know whos going to win already. Messrs Amla and Philander should have their names on iit forthe 2012/2013 awards unless Sachin makes a hundred against Bangladesh in January.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2012, 19:00 GMT)

There will always be a few who have false understanding than the reality.. critics can shout all day nut the people have voted sangakkara as the best !! the ICC thinks the same ... so sangakkara fully deserves what he got.. hats off to you Sir...you are the peoples champion ...

Posted by   on (September 16, 2012, 18:14 GMT)

SurlyCynic and SA crowd.... Sanga is the fastest to 8,000 and 9,000 test runs over the last 2,000 years..:) and looks like he will be the fastest to 10,000 test runs over the last 2,000 years as well. What more could any present day cricketer do ? He also has the test average of 56.73 which is only bettered by Kallis with 0.21 margin. Amla is not in that class yet with an average of 49.9 and less than 5,000 runs. Remembers Sanga has 10,00 runs in ODIs as well.

In Colombo in 2006, when he and Mahela Jayawardene, added 624 against a South African attack boasting Dale Steyn and Makhaya Ntini. Sangakkara contributed 287 and did his burgeoning reputation no harm a year later when he went to Hobart and scored a dazzling 192 in a narrowly lost cause. So Sanga is already a great... Amla is knocking at the door.... but Philendra has a long way to go man.....

Posted by ansram on (September 16, 2012, 18:11 GMT)

@Ranil - What 1.2 billion are you talking about? Is every Indian casting his vote on a cricketing poll? They don't do it even in elections. You might be true that Sachin is no longer as popular in India as he was a few years ago.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2012, 17:51 GMT)

Amla's stats over the period in terms of averages is FAR superior. If I'm correct he averages close to 70 in both ODI and Test. Sanga averages 60 something in Test, but 40 something in ODI. He played well, but scored more simply by virtue of playing double the amount of games Amla did. As to him being a keeper as well... roughly 1 catch per match and 1 stumping every 10 games isn't exactly setting the world alight.

Philander achieved a once in a century feat this year with bowling. Modern cricket is a batsman's game, but Philander managed to get an average of well under 20. That's not going to happen again any time soon.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2012, 17:21 GMT)

For the ones who criticize Sanga, In late 2011 Sri Lanka's tour of South Africa, he scored a historic Test century in the 2nd inning to set up the win - in the ODI series, he notched up a match-winning ton as SL successfully chased down300-plus. Both centuries were in winning causes. He also became the only batsman in SLs history to have scored Test centuries in Australia, England, South Africa and New Zealand. Sanga is the only batsman from the sub-continent to have notched up 2 or more Test match-winning tons when playing away from the sub-continent,excluding West Indies (combined v Aust, England, NZ, South Africa) in the last seven years. He scored heavily in tests vs Pak during the 12 months in question for the ICC awards.He single-handedly decimated the alleged potency of the man who is widely regarded as the best spinner in the world - Saeed Ajmal. No mean effort, that. When SL toured Australia, he was in prolific form, emerging as second best batsman - and he also scored a 100.

Posted by Fourworldcups on (September 16, 2012, 16:22 GMT)

Come on, how was it not Tino Best?

Posted by WCChamp2011 on (September 16, 2012, 15:59 GMT)

@vkypak-sangakarra does deserve it more than Amla as he is also a wicketkeeper. The closest contender would Philanderer but bowlers usually get ignored. Ajmal in my opinion could have been nominated but certainly he would have lost to Philanderer had it gone to a bowler

Posted by   on (September 16, 2012, 15:32 GMT)

Most disappointed and ridiculous award distribution ever. I dono what criteria they have for selection, the people who were not even deserving for selection, they won the contest...:(

Posted by muski on (September 16, 2012, 15:21 GMT)

Come on- how did the Spirit of Cricket award go to Vettori. It too should have gone to Sanga for the Sehwag-Randiv Incident. Yeah- Sri Lankans can savour this for one last time. Cant image where their cricket is headed after Sanga,Mahela and Dilshan leave- which is not too far away.Come on guys for sake of Asian Cricket wake up and build a team for the future. This hall of fame of ICC is a nonsense. Did ICC realise that Lara deserves to be inducted only now. Its like Giving Bharat Ratna to Gandhi now. 22 Englishmen in that list- well well. Ive got nothing else to say. If Gower is in the list, Iam sure Mahela, Sanga, Sachin and Dravid deserve to be there. Or is the rule that they will be inducted only after retirement. If so why no Dravid?

Posted by   on (September 16, 2012, 14:36 GMT)

Yo Sanga, I'm very happy for you, I'm a let you finish but Sachin is best batsman of all time.... best batsman of all time :P

Posted by samp1988 on (September 16, 2012, 14:18 GMT)

i am a sri lankan but to be honest i beleive Philander deserves the test cricketer of the year award. i have watched closely both of them, together with amla and how they batted and bowled. sanga and amla batted with great skill and achieved a huge success over the last year. that's true but philander's bowling skill is unbelievable!!!! trust me if u havent watched him closely. he has got unbelievable talent in swing bowling. sanga is not good in swinging bowling conditions. thats the weak point in him. bowlers usually dont get the ICC awards compared to batsmen. i dont know why. but that is unfair.i dont think any bowler will get philander like figures in near future.

Posted by TheGreatestGameEverPlayed on (September 16, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

@peter4135; listen Pal, It really doesn't matter how many test series SL have won during the past year. The awards were given to Sanga for his individual performances, Not to Team Sri Lanka. Why so much animosity....?????? Don't you guys love Cricket????

Posted by Hardy1 on (September 16, 2012, 13:45 GMT)

While the likes of Amla & Philander were great performers this year, I do think it's undeniable that Sanga probably deserved it more since he maintained his consistency in both tests & ODIs over a greater number of matches. Of course it's not other players' fault that they didn't have the chance to partake in more matches but the fact of the matter is that almost 3000 runs over the period in question at a significant average can't be overlooked. Consistency over so many matches for an entire year is so hard to achieve and that's why I realise now the only realistic contender to Sanga should've been Saeed Ajmal. As for Kohli he undeniably fully deserved the ODI award considering he made the most runs at one of, if not *the* highest average and strike rate in difficult matches.

Posted by SurlyCynic on (September 16, 2012, 13:30 GMT)

I think it would have been fair for Sanga to win cricketer of the year and Philander to win Test cricketer of the year - after all, he had the best bowling performance in 100 years. What more could he do? I don't think Philander and Amla should be penalised for SA playing fewer matches - should the awards just go to the countries that happened to play the most that year? Seems silly to me. So it is valid to compare Amla and Sangakara's average.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2012, 13:16 GMT)

i agree with @ Daryl Gobey,

Posted by   on (September 16, 2012, 13:11 GMT)

So happy for Sanga! He deserved all 3 of those awards!! Congrats! He's a great person and a great player! :D

Posted by ozwriter on (September 16, 2012, 12:19 GMT)

how many games did SL win? how many seried did SL win? what ranking SL? who had the better average? hmmm, food for thought

Posted by vkypak on (September 16, 2012, 12:05 GMT)

what is the purpose of this ridiculious article......??? mr farnando r u d-grading the proteas????i m from pakistan but honestly saying this awards belongs to amla he shud have been the icc test player of year....amla scored against no.1 test side in the world specially in their backyard...it must b amla not sangakara who scored against pakistan at that time pakistan was at 6 spot....and srilanka lost that test series against pakistan just coz of sangakara who scored 150 of almost 400 balls..but southafrica won against england.......i m not against sanga he is great player but he didnt deserved these awards...sorry for saeed ajmal he shud have been there in that list, he was terrific for the past 2years....and kumar dharmasena best umpire?????shocked....where is dar or taufel???

Posted by   on (September 16, 2012, 12:01 GMT)

It's a relatively meaningless award. Sanga is a gentleman and a great player, so I don't mind him getting this ahead of the (probably more deserving) South Africans. Let Amla, Philander and co. do their talking on the field in the next few weeks

Posted by   on (September 16, 2012, 11:30 GMT)

Theekshana Perera, Amla averages over 100 in India, and over 60 in Asia. I suspect that indicates he might be able to play in sub-continent conditions?

Posted by   on (September 16, 2012, 11:12 GMT)

Sanga truly deserve to be receive all those awards... but wot happened to the GOD looks like no one voted him out of 1.22 billion... btw Amla Scored a 300 in England but dude.. hes from SA where the worlds fastest pitches are... Sangas from SL scored 2 50 + scores and 2 150 + (one 200) scores in UAE where scoring runs very difficult and scored 2 match saving centuries in SA and ENG where the fastest and bounciest pitches in the world when other team mates r failing.. Lets not talk about his 1400 + total of ODI scores... So guess who deserves them all... Vernon got 50+ Test wickets... who cares all came in SA, NZ and ENG but Ajmal and Rangana Herath got 70 + test wickets all over the world... stop talking rubbish ppl...

Posted by   on (September 16, 2012, 10:59 GMT)

I thought sanga truly deserve those awards... btw wot happened to The God looks like no one voted him out of 1.22billion ... thats a shame ppl... btw amla scored a triple century yehh... but hes from a country where the worlds fasted pitches are... but sanga whos from a sub continent country scored 2 half centuries and 2 150 + scores (1 200s) in UAE , 2 centuries in SA and ENG when others failing... and those are better than amlas triple coz amla still havent prove he can play realy well in all conditions...

Posted by   on (September 16, 2012, 10:37 GMT)

i'm sri lankan, as my name suggests, and i'm extremely proud of sangakkara for winning the awards. that being said i think the south african fans have legitimate reasons to be somewhat upset, although denigrating sangakkara is self-defeating because he did perform extremely well.

Posted by KunzMan on (September 16, 2012, 10:22 GMT)

@Tharindu Peiris Don't be ultra defensive my friend. It is not Philander's fault that ICC didn't organize any trip to sub-continent for SA last year. Same is the case with Amla. And your point that Amla didn't score runs in the sub-continent, check SA's last tour of India stats before commenting.

Posted by KunzMan on (September 16, 2012, 10:15 GMT)

@Irfancrazy: My friend you are trying hard to prove your username as a fact. Proper surfing of newspapers or cricinfo will reveal that Kohli wasn't the nominee in other awards. If you can remove some rust from your interceptor cells, you will realise the point I am making that if a player is nominated for all the 3 main categories, he can either be the cricketer of the year or all 3. Does this award mean that Sangakkara played "better" than Amla, Clarke and Philander in Tests and not so much so as compared to Kohli? There's something called as reading between the lines in comments but I agree...it might be a bit hard for some.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2012, 10:13 GMT)

Congratulations Sanga!

You indeed deserve. The ratings have been very genuine. My warmest greetings to all other players who won the trophies. And my gratitude goes to Andrew for the valuable article. Well done Sanga....

Posted by   on (September 16, 2012, 9:48 GMT)

Poor article !!!expected a good one from chric info,,,!

Posted by   on (September 16, 2012, 9:42 GMT)

Poor article !!!expected a good one from chric info,,,!

Posted by peter4135 on (September 16, 2012, 9:42 GMT)

How many Test series did Sri Lanka win this past year?

Posted by   on (September 16, 2012, 8:43 GMT)

Those who ranting here i have few questions Did SA won any test series in sub continent in last year?(they even lost a test to week SL side @ home) How many wickets Philander got in sub continent? Why always saying that sanga is only good @ home? Any cricketer on that list didn't performed during well in unfavorable condition like sanga.(SA/AUS/UK/NZ are almost similar) Clark- Didn't get a century in WI Philender never bowled in sub continent Amila still needs to prove in sub continent Sanga-Made centuries in Eng/SA/AUS( different conditions to the sub continent)/UAE/Sri Lanka during last year. So sanga deserves what he got. Please don't hate sanga. I was not a fan of sanga initially. But 192 against AUS changed all the opinions against him. Other favorites centuries are century in NZ seaming wicket. which sri lanka won after a decade & 200+ in Lahore 2003/2004 . Just respect him.

Posted by BeCalmAndSupportEngland on (September 16, 2012, 8:40 GMT)

@Kunal_Ind_SA:how did legend kohli miss other awards.awards are for indian players.Indian crickerters are the best.by the way they don't have bowlers who can take wickets.

Posted by Balumekka on (September 16, 2012, 8:21 GMT)

Poor article form Andrew Fernando as usual. He should have re-assessed this poor piece of writing just to make sure that there's any valid point in it before posting.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2012, 8:15 GMT)

Piping Sachin out from the LG peoples' award was the most amazing moment here as we are talking about India's 1.22 Billion agains Srilanka's mere 22 million (we are only 1.8% of India's population) meaning not even 1.8% of indian's had voted for Sachin the GOD!

Posted by   on (September 16, 2012, 7:50 GMT)

South have won test series against Sri Lanka, New Zealand (away), England (away), and drawn against Australia. What have Sri Lanka achieved in test cricket? Cricket is a team game. These awards are really quite meaningless. Having said that, it's hard to imagine what more a bowler could do - the fastest to take 50 wickets from debut in about 100 years. Poor Philander. It's defintely a batsman's game. Philander deserved the test cricketer of the year award.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2012, 7:42 GMT)

Thumbs up incredibleshoaib

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (September 16, 2012, 7:04 GMT)

First congrats to sangakara and others who got the awards. Peoples choice award is reserved for subcontinent players (thanks to the population). I think sachin didnt get this because of his selfish innings against BD(which cost us the match and probably the asia cup).

As a neutral i feel for Amla (his triple century in England would account more than sanga's centuries given that it came in foreign conditions and most importantly gave the result against top side)

@Highflyer_GP I second that. It all boils down to the volume and stats irrespective of the result and conditions. ICC should maintain a balance on FTPs so that all test playing nations have same parity .

Posted by   on (September 16, 2012, 7:04 GMT)

Great article Andrew.... I think your analysis is spot on as I see that you have angered both sides of the debate equally. I think you have done your job right and I'm glad that you represent Sri lanka for Cricnfo. :)

Posted by   on (September 16, 2012, 6:54 GMT)


Posted by incredibleshoaib on (September 16, 2012, 4:50 GMT)

There was only one cricketer who could have challendged Sangakkara last evening and that man was the world best spinner Saeed Ajmal who was the highest wicket-taker in Test cricket in the period in question for the awards (Like Sanga was the highest run-getter in Tests) and 2nd highest wicket taker in ODIs (like Sanga was the 2nd highest run-getter in ODI cricket). Perhaps the writer's and the SA cricketer's who were "allegedly" surprised at going empty handed time would be better spent ("in throbbing headaches and sleep deprivation" or otherwise) pondering about how the bloody hell did Philander who did not even feature in the top 50 wicket-takers list in ODIs in the said period and Amla who was the 40th highest scorer in ODIs in the said period made the final 4 ahead of Ajmal. I am not even talkiing about Sangakkara's wicketing keeping in ODIs in addition to his unmatched numbers in Tests and ODIs with the bat. No batsman has dominated Ajmal as much as much as Sanga has or did.

Posted by Hush78 on (September 16, 2012, 4:49 GMT)

I feel reading this article that Fernando is trying to have a dash at legitimacy of sang as wins.but figures are there for everyone to see when compared to amla,sanga has maintained his runs and averages at a longer period of time than amla have. There is a guy called Andy Ganteaume who is a west indian who averages more than the great sir don bradman at the end of his cricketing career but no one talks about since his average is coming out of just solitary 1 test match. Also if you go deep in to amlas test record during the period he is average only 43 if you take out his big 311 not out ( reduced 22 from original 65) while sanga on the other hand only go down to 54 from 60 ( reduced only 6) if you remove his 211 higest score, which shows sang a being more consistent than amala who has shine in 1 innings being not out.Also 3 of sangas 5 centuries coming from away matches which includes a match winning Century in Durban which helped Sri Lanka win a test for the first time in SA.

Posted by KunzMan on (September 16, 2012, 4:46 GMT)

How did the Legend Sangakkara miss out on ODI performance award too? What rubbish Kohli winning the award! Srilanka rocks! Nobody else can win any award!

Posted by SamRoy on (September 16, 2012, 4:40 GMT)

I thought Philander deserved the test player of the year (just mind boggling numbers and also the way he bowled). Otherwise, all were fine choices. Sangakkara certainly deserved overall player of the year.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2012, 4:24 GMT)

Writer seem to have lost his way here...no doubt the talent of Amla and Philender, but Sanga has played more cricket over the period and has been able to maintain the consistency throughout the period...which is one of the most difficult things in International cricket.

Posted by incredibleshoaib on (September 16, 2012, 4:23 GMT)

The Writer's ignorance is what baffles me the most than the alleged Surprise of the South Africans last evening at going empty handed. Bottom line, the award for the ICC cricketer of the year is given to the player who dominated both Tests and ODIs (not one or the other). In this context the fact the Amla and Philander even made the final 4 is nothing more than a joke. 33% of Amla's total Test runs came two weeks before the cut off date of the period in question for the awards and Amla was also only the 40th highest ODI scorer in the said period. Philander did not even feature in the top 50 wicket takers in ODIs in the said period. Finally unike Philander who had the world's best new ball pair in Steyn and Morkel for supprt and Amla who had only the world's best batting line up in Tests for support Sanga achieved what he did whilst being the last man standing for his team ever so often. ICC cricketer of the year award was not even close as Sanga was a million miles ahead of the rest.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2012, 4:10 GMT)

When a batsman scores 3000 runs in a calendar year, staying fit and performing consistently home and away. he is the 'cricketer of the year'. Amla and Philander have played mostly at home. while Sanga have played and scored all over the world. Amla has only played 8 odi's. can you judge on that.no. Sanga deserves it. and people's choice, Sanga won it last year too. it just means that even Indians haven't voted Sachin and the rest of the world, specially dear Pakistani's have voted for Sanga. Publish

Posted by   on (September 16, 2012, 4:03 GMT)

actually South Africa are lucky to have the T20 award. Ajantha Mendis turned a match on its head. SL were defending 150 and Australia were 70/0 in 6 overs. Mendis single handedly turned a game. thats should have been given the T20 performance of the year

Posted by Highflyer_GP on (September 16, 2012, 3:36 GMT)

What a joke. At this rate, only Indians and Sri Lankans will win at these awards since they play each other every weekend.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2012, 3:24 GMT)

no doubt in Sanga's excellence and cricketing grace

Posted by LMalinga on (September 16, 2012, 3:21 GMT)

what you mean by amla having superior averages?In tests amla made runs at 65 when sanga made it at 60.Significantly superior? lol..2 of 3 tons of him at home when sanga made 3 of his 5 away from home.lol..In Odiz,comparing 8 odiz with 37?410 runs vs almost 1500 runs? lol... and what you mean by last paragraph?Marvan and moody voted coz he is a friend?OMG andrew.You lost my respect for your writing..sorry mate..

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