India home season review April 3, 2017

Jadeja voted best player of India's home season

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A panel of experts chose Steven Smith's 109 in Pune as the innings of the season © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

Ravindra Jadeja has been voted the best player of India's home season by both ESPNCricinfo's readers and an expert panel consisting of ESPNCricinfo staff and three former India Test cricketers, Sanjay Manjrekar, Ajit Agarkar and Aakash Chopra. Jadeja, who averaged 22.83 with the ball and 42.76 with the bat over the 13 Tests India played at home between September and March, got 65% of the 20,500-plus votes cast by readers. He fared similarly in the vote by the panel, with six out of 10 members voting for him. Cheteshwar Pujara, who got 12% of the readers' vote, had two votes from the panel, while R Ashwin and Virat Kohli got one each.

Umesh Yadav was the readers' support act of the season © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

The panel's decision was consistent with the readers' on five of the seven questions asked in the poll. Both chose Umesh Yadav as the best support act of the season, England's Haseeb Hameed as debutant of the season, the second Test in the India-Australia series, in Bengaluru, as the Test of the season and Steven Smith as the visiting player of the season. Smith's selection was emphatic - all ten of the panel members voted for him, and 92% of 17,900-plus readers who voted on the question agreed. Wriddhiman Saha and KL Rahul pushed Umesh for the title of best support act, getting 29% and 31% of the readers' vote respectively, while Umesh got 37% (7000-plus votes). The ESPNCricinfo panel decision was not as close, with Umesh getting seven out of ten votes.

Sanjay Manjrekar selected Virat Kohli as his player of the season © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

Hameed edged out Kuldeep Yadav in the best debutant category in the reader vote, but it was Jayant Yadav who was closest competition in the panel's vote, getting three votes to Hameed's five. The Bengaluru Test and the final one of the season, in Dharamsala, were separated by less than 1000 votes in the readers' poll, but Bengaluru won easily among our panel, with seven members picking it. Two picked Dharamsala and one went for the Test against New Zealand in Kolkata.

Ajit Agarkar thought Umesh Yadav's 3 for 29 in Dharamsala was the bowling performance of the season © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

The two categories the readers and panel disagreed on were innings of the season and bowling performance of the season. The readers selected Pujara's marathon 202 against Australia in Ranchi as the best innings, with Pujara's 92 in the second innings in Bengaluru coming a close second. For our panel, though, Steven Smith's 109 on a turning pitch in Pune was the best knock. Pujara's 92 got two votes, while Virat Kohli's innings of 235 in Mumbai and 81 in Visakhapatnam, both against England, got a vote each.

Virat Kohli's double-century in Mumbai was the innings of the season for Aakash Chopra © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

Another Australia player won the panel's vote for best bowling of the season - Nathan Lyon, for his 8 for 50 in the first innings in Bengaluru. Lyon's performance got just 13% of the 19,500-plus votes in the reader poll. That was won by Jadeja's 7 for 48 against England in Chennai.

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  • gannyboy on April 4, 2017, 10:17 GMT

    With all due respect to the Steve Smith the best knock was certainly from Pujara in Ranchi I mean facing more than 500 balls that too when you are 400 plus down is no easy thing.

  • cricfan66521146 on April 4, 2017, 6:38 GMT

    It is only Jadeja should have been awarded the No.1 all rounder in the world not Shakib in all formats, as after Jadeja's half century his celebrations cuts off every wild things around so he should be the best & No.1 all rounder

  • Hemu57 on April 4, 2017, 4:00 GMT

    Poor triple centurion, His innings is not considered at all

  •   Sandeep Sundaram on April 3, 2017, 18:13 GMT

    Though Jadu performed well . Player of the season was pujara Bowler of tbe season was Ashwin Best Debutant : jayanth yadav Best Batsman : Pujara/Kohli

  • princejain191 on April 3, 2017, 18:02 GMT

    The challenge in batting is to not have any lapses in concentration, and Smith was given 6 chances people (not off unplayable balls). SIX CHANCES. SIX. Don't the panelists see this? I mean for all the hype, Renshaw's first inning 50 was both - higher quality, more important for Aus to win. Sensationalism, sigh!

  •   Cricinfouser on April 3, 2017, 17:52 GMT

    leading wicket taker of he season missed? no awards?

  • cricfan34683935 on April 3, 2017, 16:10 GMT

    Pujara and Jadeja.. Supporting role Ashwin and umesh

  • SSinghD on April 3, 2017, 15:30 GMT

    Fair call on all categories.

  • Tanvi on April 3, 2017, 15:25 GMT

    Best Supporting Act should go to Ashwin, if not the best bowler. Comeon fellas, be sensible. I guess panelist's short term memory wins over the long term memory. Umesh still needs to prove he is world class in my opinion.

  • Nampally on April 3, 2017, 15:23 GMT

    I disagree with Sanjay Manjrekar's choice of the best innings - Smith's 109 at Pune. He was dropped at least 5 times. It may be gutsy innings where Smith played on "not rattled by catches dropped"! I am closer to Agarkar's ratings in all categories. Umesh Yadav's 3 for 29 was definitely the series winning show, where the Aussies collapsed. He may be the best pace bowler but not the best bowler of the Test series. Pujara's was the best bat of the series as well. He brought India from Losing to winning position at the Ranchi Test but the bowlers never showed up to take the Aussies out. His innings of 92 was instrumental in winning the second Test + he continued to bat as the sheet anchor even at Dharamsala. However, I think Kohli's 235 Vs. England was the best innings of the 4 series played in India. Jayant Yadav was the best debutant as well. His scores speak for him. Haseeb cannot qualify on just 2 Tests showing.

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