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2007 in review: Best of the year
'Nobody will get near Murali'
January 3, 2008
Cricinfo's experts pick their best moments of the year 2007
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Sanjay Manjrekar: "Yuvraj Singh's six sixes in one over has to be the greatest cameo in the history of cricket" © AFP

Akhila Ranganna: In the sixth of our year-end specials on Cricinfo Talk, I asked our panel what their favourite cricket memory of the year was. Here's what Michael Holding had to say.

Michael Holding: That's difficult because I haven't seen a lot of cricket this year. I've read about quite a bit of cricket but I only did cricket in England this year. I did a little bit in the Caribbean but I didn't do the major tour when India were there [in England].

I don't think there was anything too dynamic happening in England this year, so it's pretty difficult for me to pick the best memory of the year because my best might not be all that great. (laughs). There might have been better performances around that are a lot better. For instance, right now we see Kumar Sangakkara batting brilliantly. He is such a good player and I'm glad that he is now getting runs consistently and showing what a good batsman he is apart from being a good wicketkeeper. Apart from that he is a great guy; he is a good human being, and I'm glad to see somebody like that performing so well, even though it's pretty late in the year.

AR: Ian Chappell picks a match from the World Twenty20 as his favourite memory. Let's hear from him.

Ian Chappell: Well, the World Twenty20 semi-final in Durban between India and Australia was the standout for me. It was a match played with enormous skill and competitiveness right through - from ball one right up to the finish. I thought that it was a wonderful spectacle and a great advertisement for cricket - not just for that particular format of the game but also for the game overall. So that was a highlight for me.

AR: And here are David Lloyd's picks.

David Lloyd: That's very easy. When you're asked such a question, you always think about recent ones. I was absolutely privileged to be at Kandy, for three things really. It was so good that [Muttiah] Muralitharan broke Shane Warne's world record of highest number of Test wickets there; he now says that he's going to get 800, but when I secretly interviewed him he said that he's going to get a thousand wickets. Nobody will ever get near him. I was there when it happened and it was such a special time because it was in his hometown in Kandy, at a beautiful cricket ground.

The other thing was Sanath Jayasuriya's retirement from Test cricket [after the Kandy Test against England]. I interviewed him at the end of that game; he had a lump in his throat and so did I. And the way that [Kumar] Sangakkara played in Kandy, to become No. 1 Test batsman in the world was magnificent. So it was three hits at Kandy - a triple whammy there, and for me it was outstanding.

AR: Here's what Sanjay Manjrekar picks as his best moment of the year.

Sanjay Manjrekar: My best cricket memory was the Twenty20 tournament in South Africa. I thought it was a great spectacle and South Africa is a great sporting venue, and I hope that it gets preference for staging other world tournaments.

A single memory that I have is that of Yuvraj Singh hitting six sixes in one over. Apart from hitting six consecutive sixes, the way he played those shots was the most memorable cricketing memory for me. I think that innings will go down as one of the greatest cameos ever in the history of the game.

AR: And finally, here are Tony Greig's thoughts.

Tony Greig: Well there's no doubt in my mind that Murali's breaking of Warne's record [for the most number of Test wickets] is the moment that I will remember, and I think it will probably be remembered by many others, especially Sri Lankans. There might be a few Australians who'd like to forget about it but that was an incredible achievement. He did it in fewer Tests than Warne, and I suppose because of the controversies surrounding Murali's action and Warne - who was obviously a great bowler - it will remain with me for a long time. He [Murali] is a very special person with a very special record.

Akhila Ranganna is assistant editor (Audio) at ESPNcricinfo

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