Features FeaturesRSS FeedFeeds

2009 year-end review

The ups and downs, the young talent, the fading stars and what the future holds: all in our country reviews for 2009

Text size: A | A

The Cricinfo Awards 2009

Bangladesh
With heads held high
Two Test wins, 14 in ODIs, an inspiring captain, and a promising newcomer made Bangladesh's 2009 their most successful 12 months ever. By Abu Choudhury

England
From chaos to a happy place
England's year began with the Moores-Pietersen spat and the 51 all out and went on to take in the Ashes win and a marked improvement in ODI cricket. By Andrew Miller

India
Hot in Tests, not in short formats
India scaled the peaks in the few Tests they played, but it wasn't all sunny in limited-overs cricket. By Sidharth Monga

Sri Lanka
A whimper not a bang
They became the No. 2 Test side, but finished the year struggling to hold their footing as key players went missing. By Jamie Alter

West Indies
Sagas, strife and silver linings
West Indies started the year on a high, plunged into crisis, and seemed to revive at the tail-end. By Vaneisa Baksh

Women's cricket
A year to savour
Women's cricket, led by the England side, broke new ground and found new followers this year. By Jenny Roesler

Zimbabwe
Hope floats
The return of former players to decision-making roles and the revamp of the domestic structure spell better days ahead. By Martin Williamson

The Associates
Big brother's indifference hurts the little guys
Little help from those at the top, even less from sponsors, and the ICC's bizarre decisions have left most of the Associates looking at a bleak 2010. By Martin Williamson

Australia
Ashes anguish, one-day joys
The fall to No. 4, injuries to key bowlers, Ponting's return to mortality: 2009 was mostly filled with gloom. By Peter English

Pakistan
The darkest year
The Lahore attacks overshadowed every other crisis Pakistan cricket had ever been through, but the World Twenty20 win and two teenagers eased the pain a touch. By Osman Samiuddin

New Zealand
Wins, losses, injuries and Dan
New Zealand had issues with their top order, found a middle-order core group, and lost Shane Bond. Through it all they had one constant. By Sidharth Monga

South Africa
The harsh light of day
After their magical 2008, South Africa were brought rudely back down to earth last year. By Telford Vice

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

FeedbackTop
Email Feedback Print
Share
E-mail
Feedback
Print

    'When I became an umpire, I didn't realise how complicated this game was'

Peter Willey on suiting up against '80s West Indies, and umpiring in England

    'Saqlain was like an English spinner with a subcontinental touch'

My XI: Erapalli Prasanna on a spinner whom even Sachin Tendulkar found hard to bat against

Anjum on the spot

How well does one of Indian women's cricket's leading lights know her career?

    Last ball, last wicket, and Northants' parched spell

Ask Steven: Also, Vijay Manjrekar's nickname, Abid Ali's no-ball, oldest double-centurions, and this decade's leading players

The thing about Australia's superiority to Pakistan

Ahmer Naqvi: Despite their record, the fact that they haven't played in Pakistan for 16 years weighs against them

News | Features Last 7 days

How India weeds out its suspect actions

The BCCI set up a three-man committee to tackle the problem of chucking at age-group and domestic cricket, and it has produced significant results in five years

A rock, a hard place and the WICB

The board's latest standoff with its players has had embarrassing consequences internationally, so any resolution now needs to be approached thoughtfully

Kohli back to old habits

Stats highlights from the fourth ODI between India and West Indies in Dharamsala

Twin Asian challenges await Australia

What Australia have not done since returning a fractured unit from India is head back to Asia to play an Asian team. Two of their major weaknesses - handling spin and reverse swing - will be tested in the UAE by Pakistan

West Indies go AWOL

West Indies may have formally played the fourth ODI in Dharamsala but their fielding suggested their minds were already on the flight back home

News | Features Last 7 days