India news November 28, 2011

R Ashwin to get Dilip Sardesai award

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R Ashwin, the India offspinner, will be given the Dilip Sardesai award for being the best performer in the home Test series against West Indies.

Ashwin was the Man of the Series in his debut series, which India won 2-0, taking 22 wickets at an average of 22.90. He claimed nine wickets on debut in Delhi, won two Man-of-the-Match awards, and also scored 121 runs at an average of 40.33. He made his maiden century in the third Test in Mumbai, where he steered India to a tense draw in the fourth innings.

He will be given the award at the BCCI awards ceremony in Chennai in December.

The BCCI instituted the Dilip Sardesai Award in 2007 for the player who performs best in bilateral series between India and West Indies. Ishant Sharma was given the award for India's tour of the Caribbean earlier this year.

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  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    Harbhajan Singh has probably played his last test. I don't see him making a come back ever - watching him struggle in the few Ranji Tropy games that he played. He finally ended his agony, by reporting unwell. Ashwin and Ojha will do well, down under. I was hoping Rahul Sharma would get a break against the Windies, but it did not happen. It's probably a talent delayed. With his height, he could have troubled most of the Aussies, with the bounce and the prodigious turn. He has a mean 'wrong one' too.

  • POSTED BY myStraightTalk on | November 30, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    I hope he play for india consistantly for long time. At the age of 14, Ashwin suffered a severe pelvic injury, I'm not sure how this will play in the long run..

  • POSTED BY on | November 29, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    Its amazing to see if u gives chance to youngsters they could turn the tide around...just awesum to see his atitude he just kept coming and bowling overs after overs even if the wicket was not coming his way...... he was cool.......... no emotions at all...... he knew what his job was..... but mate ur tuff jobs are ahead.......to tie down aussie batsman wont be ez........he should work on his quick delivery it would do wonders in Aus.......just surprise batsman with a quicker one.......... good luck mate

  • POSTED BY kingcobra85 on | November 29, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    i dont think tracks in Australia are dead...Erappalli Prassana got 25 wickets in 4 matches we played.. saqlain mustaq has a terrefic record down under, what about Shane warne the magical deliveries in Ashes 2009.. Just that India didnt have good enough spinners over the years who can adapt to the conditions quickly...Kumble was the closests because he had brians not just brawn..i hope Ashwin will use all his wits here...it is certainly very much possible to be a match winner atleast in Sydney and Adelaide

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | November 29, 2011, 3:45 GMT

    @kingcobra85 : Cricketers too were once on low when they won against WI or Eng in 1970s.. Though we all take every oppurtunity to take a dig at BCCI, BCCI being a private body had looked after its players well and that is the truth!!

  • POSTED BY addiemanav on | November 28, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    He deserved it!!especially after harbhajan singh received the RAJDEEP SARDESAI AWARD!!

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | November 28, 2011, 19:20 GMT

    Hope he succeeds on the dead and flat tracks of Australia. Good luck bro Ash!

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    After Harbhajan come back in form need to see Aswin, Harbhajan and Ojha together bowling in tandem. Good to see. Very difficult for opposition team. One more advantage is Harbhajan and Aswin can bat.

  • POSTED BY moBlue on | November 28, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    well deserved award! i don't remember this prolific an *all-round* performance by an indian in *test* cricket in his debut series since kapil dev! statistically, he may have outshone kapil but i think kapil debuted against PAK in PAK, if i remember correctly. i am not comparing the two after one series, but i am making the limited comparison (just on test debut) because ashwin's competence while he batted in the first inning floored me! ...and the cool head he displayed as well under pressure!

    if he keeps working hard and never gets complacent - like kumble and unlike harbhajan singh - he would be destined for greatness in terms of potential, provided he stays fit as bhajji and kumble managed to do. anyway, we can definitely dream. the unhelpful pitches in AUS [where even kumble and bhajji used to struggle] will be an early test of his character in tests. we shall see...

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | November 28, 2011, 14:58 GMT

    Absolutely fantastic cricketer. Very well deserved. Congrats! Kudos! Cool as a Cucumber!

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    Harbhajan Singh has probably played his last test. I don't see him making a come back ever - watching him struggle in the few Ranji Tropy games that he played. He finally ended his agony, by reporting unwell. Ashwin and Ojha will do well, down under. I was hoping Rahul Sharma would get a break against the Windies, but it did not happen. It's probably a talent delayed. With his height, he could have troubled most of the Aussies, with the bounce and the prodigious turn. He has a mean 'wrong one' too.

  • POSTED BY myStraightTalk on | November 30, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    I hope he play for india consistantly for long time. At the age of 14, Ashwin suffered a severe pelvic injury, I'm not sure how this will play in the long run..

  • POSTED BY on | November 29, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    Its amazing to see if u gives chance to youngsters they could turn the tide around...just awesum to see his atitude he just kept coming and bowling overs after overs even if the wicket was not coming his way...... he was cool.......... no emotions at all...... he knew what his job was..... but mate ur tuff jobs are ahead.......to tie down aussie batsman wont be ez........he should work on his quick delivery it would do wonders in Aus.......just surprise batsman with a quicker one.......... good luck mate

  • POSTED BY kingcobra85 on | November 29, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    i dont think tracks in Australia are dead...Erappalli Prassana got 25 wickets in 4 matches we played.. saqlain mustaq has a terrefic record down under, what about Shane warne the magical deliveries in Ashes 2009.. Just that India didnt have good enough spinners over the years who can adapt to the conditions quickly...Kumble was the closests because he had brians not just brawn..i hope Ashwin will use all his wits here...it is certainly very much possible to be a match winner atleast in Sydney and Adelaide

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | November 29, 2011, 3:45 GMT

    @kingcobra85 : Cricketers too were once on low when they won against WI or Eng in 1970s.. Though we all take every oppurtunity to take a dig at BCCI, BCCI being a private body had looked after its players well and that is the truth!!

  • POSTED BY addiemanav on | November 28, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    He deserved it!!especially after harbhajan singh received the RAJDEEP SARDESAI AWARD!!

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | November 28, 2011, 19:20 GMT

    Hope he succeeds on the dead and flat tracks of Australia. Good luck bro Ash!

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    After Harbhajan come back in form need to see Aswin, Harbhajan and Ojha together bowling in tandem. Good to see. Very difficult for opposition team. One more advantage is Harbhajan and Aswin can bat.

  • POSTED BY moBlue on | November 28, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    well deserved award! i don't remember this prolific an *all-round* performance by an indian in *test* cricket in his debut series since kapil dev! statistically, he may have outshone kapil but i think kapil debuted against PAK in PAK, if i remember correctly. i am not comparing the two after one series, but i am making the limited comparison (just on test debut) because ashwin's competence while he batted in the first inning floored me! ...and the cool head he displayed as well under pressure!

    if he keeps working hard and never gets complacent - like kumble and unlike harbhajan singh - he would be destined for greatness in terms of potential, provided he stays fit as bhajji and kumble managed to do. anyway, we can definitely dream. the unhelpful pitches in AUS [where even kumble and bhajji used to struggle] will be an early test of his character in tests. we shall see...

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | November 28, 2011, 14:58 GMT

    Absolutely fantastic cricketer. Very well deserved. Congrats! Kudos! Cool as a Cucumber!

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | November 28, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    Congrats Ashwin. I hope you work hard on more weapons (more varieties in carrom ball and any other). Yes, fitness, sprint, sprint, sprint a lot please. And finally, pray that you get some honeymoon time... :-)

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | November 28, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    Well deserved award for Ashwin after his long wait in the shadow of Harbhajan Singh. Actually for his heroic role in the Mumbai test alone, he deserves a separate award. That was the best performance in Test match by any Indian in the recent years.I do hope he continiues to shine in forthcoming Australian tour. Congrats Ashwin, Well done!.

  • POSTED BY ssenthil on | November 28, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    I wonder, what this 2 spinners are talking, while showing their fingers? Perhaps they were looking at their finger after bowled 50 overs each in 2 days against WI. Pity on them, but the way they came back and bowled out WI is awesome as well

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    Ashwin deserves this award and even more

  • POSTED BY kingcobra85 on | November 28, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    @mehulmatrix yes dude...i also saw shocking picture of kabadi players leaving in autorickshaw...so sad to see while our cricketers have hummers for hobby

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    Forgot to mention in my earlier posting: Please manage your time wisely between IPL , International Cricket and your personal life. Time management is essential for sustained success. Good luck kid!

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | November 28, 2011, 12:01 GMT

    @sweetspot : I couldn't get the retain you mentioned.. They bought him again in auction.. Dhoni, Raina, Morkel and Vijay were the ones retained.. Not sure whether you meant re-bought as retaining!!

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    Another find from IPL. He is a talented, hardworking player. Have great ambitions and will to succeed. Great work by Ashwin in the just concluded Test Series as a debutant. Well done Ashwin you deserve this award. You have to go a long way so keep you head cool and be mature all the time. Australia series will be a testing one for this thinking cricketer. Hope he will come out victorious from that tour as well and earn another award from ICC for the upcoming player category.

  • POSTED BY Ram-i on | November 28, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    @Ashik, the award is setup for the bilateral series between India and West Indies. Last time it was Ishanth, this time it is Ashwin.

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    Good start to Ashwin's career both with the ball and bat. Hope he sustains it in forthcoming years to make his debut performance remarkable one.

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | November 28, 2011, 10:26 GMT

    Many congrats to this fantastic lad! Who says the IPL is a waste of time? Ashwin is a clear example of how a cricketer can come to international prominence through the IPL. Of course he put in his hard yards in the domestic games, but bowling in the Powerplays with the new ball for Chennai Super Kings is what gave Ashwin the platform to be noticed and the confidence to bowl at any time on any pitch, with any sort of ball. No wonder CSK retained him. Under Dhoni, it is nice to see yet another youngster come through with a cool head on mature shoulders. Great to see him say he has a lot to learn and hungry for more.

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    Congrats and Keep up the good job Ashwin!!!

  • POSTED BY kingcobra85 on | November 28, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    Great award...that too in debut series simple outstanding performance

  • POSTED BY mehulmatrix on | November 28, 2011, 10:09 GMT

    Well done, keep going and dont get carried away! Wish such recognition was also given to other sportsmen in India. Recently our women kabaddi team won the world title but were not even given due recognition..pathetic and shameful...

  • POSTED BY ravi_shankar88 on | November 28, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    I forget to mention in my previous post,please work hard on your fielding & running between the wickets. We fear you might become next munaf or nehra in the field. Cheers....

  • POSTED BY ravi_shankar88 on | November 28, 2011, 9:52 GMT

    Congrats,ashwin. Do well in odi series vs w.indies. And also we are expecting you to give your best performances in down-under. Cheers.....

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2011, 9:26 GMT

    But why so soon just after one series. What if he turns a mediocre performance against Australia? Will he be shown the door? We have the culture of glorifying a person with just one good performance and immediately ditch him if he does not live to the hype generated. Hope Ashwin does well in the impending tour and does not rest on his laurels.

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | November 28, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    Seeing him as a uncompetitive bowler in IPL 2 and as the one who was not able to score a single and tied a match in IPL-3 as a batsman, i really wonder to see him in this stage.. It is sheer hardwork and commitment from him.. Dropped from IPL side and making comeback as a newball bowler with carrom ball is his turning point in cricket.. Bowling awesome to some of fearsome hitters in world cricket gave him the mental strength to merit a place across all formats.. The only thing is, he need to sustain.. We have seen many special talents glow even brighter but fade at the same speed in the past.. Wish he stays longer too!!

  • POSTED BY nkmpriya on | November 28, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    Congrats Ashwin!!!!!!Give ur best agains Aussies:)

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    Our Indian bowlers are not know for batting except some cases of kumble, bajji and praveen like a very few...we wish you to concentrate on batting also n play such knoks as a warrier innings or match saving innings ....wish you all the best....!

    Wish to see many more lovely innings for India in the future....!

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2011, 8:52 GMT

    Congrats Ashwin. you have proved your mettle . However you have to seek senior's advise and counsel . Listen to them and learn from them the art of street wise cricket to augment your skill. That's something you dont learn from any acadamy or college. Sachin , Dhoni , Warne , Muthiah Muralidharan are great street smart cricketers and that's what made them successful in the long run. Anyways for now you deserve all the praise dude. Keep up the good cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    Our Indian bowlers are not know for batting except some cases of kumble, bajji and praveen like a very few...we wish you to concentrate on batting also n play such knoks as a warrier innings or match saving innings ....wish you all the best....!

    Wish to see many more lovely innings for India in the future....!

  • POSTED BY chandy86 on | November 28, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    congrats man..you deserve this.

  • POSTED BY Cheeka_CricketLover on | November 28, 2011, 8:24 GMT

    Way to go Ashwin!!! Gr8 Going!!!

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    Congrates Ashwin, u r really best, keep well also in batting,

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    congratzzz....and all t bst fr future...:)

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  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    congratzzz....and all t bst fr future...:)

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    Congrates Ashwin, u r really best, keep well also in batting,

  • POSTED BY Cheeka_CricketLover on | November 28, 2011, 8:24 GMT

    Way to go Ashwin!!! Gr8 Going!!!

  • POSTED BY chandy86 on | November 28, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    congrats man..you deserve this.

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    Our Indian bowlers are not know for batting except some cases of kumble, bajji and praveen like a very few...we wish you to concentrate on batting also n play such knoks as a warrier innings or match saving innings ....wish you all the best....!

    Wish to see many more lovely innings for India in the future....!

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2011, 8:52 GMT

    Congrats Ashwin. you have proved your mettle . However you have to seek senior's advise and counsel . Listen to them and learn from them the art of street wise cricket to augment your skill. That's something you dont learn from any acadamy or college. Sachin , Dhoni , Warne , Muthiah Muralidharan are great street smart cricketers and that's what made them successful in the long run. Anyways for now you deserve all the praise dude. Keep up the good cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    Our Indian bowlers are not know for batting except some cases of kumble, bajji and praveen like a very few...we wish you to concentrate on batting also n play such knoks as a warrier innings or match saving innings ....wish you all the best....!

    Wish to see many more lovely innings for India in the future....!

  • POSTED BY nkmpriya on | November 28, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    Congrats Ashwin!!!!!!Give ur best agains Aussies:)

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | November 28, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    Seeing him as a uncompetitive bowler in IPL 2 and as the one who was not able to score a single and tied a match in IPL-3 as a batsman, i really wonder to see him in this stage.. It is sheer hardwork and commitment from him.. Dropped from IPL side and making comeback as a newball bowler with carrom ball is his turning point in cricket.. Bowling awesome to some of fearsome hitters in world cricket gave him the mental strength to merit a place across all formats.. The only thing is, he need to sustain.. We have seen many special talents glow even brighter but fade at the same speed in the past.. Wish he stays longer too!!

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2011, 9:26 GMT

    But why so soon just after one series. What if he turns a mediocre performance against Australia? Will he be shown the door? We have the culture of glorifying a person with just one good performance and immediately ditch him if he does not live to the hype generated. Hope Ashwin does well in the impending tour and does not rest on his laurels.