India news November 28, 2011

R Ashwin to get Dilip Sardesai award

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 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.

  • Anand 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..

  • Dummy4 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 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

  • Arulprakash 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 is certainly very much possible to be a match winner atleast in Sydney and Adelaide

  • Satish 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!!

  • aaditya on November 28, 2011, 19:25 GMT

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

  • Srinivas on November 28, 2011, 19:20 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • mo 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...

  • Srinivas on November 28, 2011, 14:58 GMT

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

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