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ESPNcricinfo Awards

ESPNcricinfo Awards 2007

The first edition of the ESPNcricinfo Awards, for performances in calendar year 2007

19-Dec-2007
Adam Gilchrist slogs, Australia v Sri Lanka, World Cup final, Barbados, April 28, 2007

Adam Gilchrist on his way to 149 in the 2007 World Cup  •  Getty Images

The Cricinfo Awards comprise two unique sets of awards - one subjective, voted on by a jury, the other based on numbers. We announced the nominees in December 2007. Now the votes have been counted and the numbers crunched and it's time for the winners.
The Jury Awards pay tribute to the best individual performances in the three international forms of the game during the calendar year 2007. The winners, picked by Cricinfo's expert panel - comprising some of the world's most discerning observers of the game - from a shortlist compiled by the site's staff, are now out. Use the links below to find out more.
The other part, the Statsguru Awards, is based on hard data. Cricinfo records data on 16 parameters for each ball bowled in international cricket. We can tell you who has been the most consistent batsman of the year, who has scored the greatest percentage of runs in boundaries, who has bowled the most dot-balls, and more. The awards in this category are also out, below.
We invited readers to vote on the Jury Awards shortlists. The results are here
Our panel of eight voted on shortlists in each of six categories - batting and bowling performances over the three formats, Tests, ODIs and Twenty20 cricket.

The winners


Test batting and bowling performances of the year: Kumar Sangakkara 192 vs Australia, Hobart and Zaheer Khan 5 for 75 vs England, Trent Bridge
ODI batting and bowling performances of the year: Adam Gilchrist 149 vs Sri Lanka, World Cup final, Bridgetown and Lasith Malinga 4 for 54 vs South Africa, World Cup, Providence
T20I batting and bowling performances of the year: Yuvraj Singh 70 vs Australia, World T20 semi-final, Durban and RP Singh 4 for 13 vs South Africa, World T20, Durban

The nominees

Test batting nominees: Sangakkara's Hobart heroics, and Misbah's Eden ton
Test bowling nominees: Steyn destroys Pakistan, Zaheer rocks England
ODI batting nominees: de Villiers goes berserk, Gilchrist squashes Sri Lanka
ODI bowling nominees: Malinga yorks South Africa, Bond wrecks Australia
T20I batting nominees: Yuvraj, Gayle and Kemp blast away
T20I bowling nominees: Asif, RP Singh, Sreesanth sparkle
Going beyond the usual look at the most runs scored, wickets taken, or batting average, the Statsguru Awards are the result of detailed data analyses of performances in 2007.
Which batsman played more consistently than any other over the entire year? Which bowler performed at his best against top-order batsmen? Who relished tail-end wickets the most? Cricinfo's ball-by-ball data analysis of every international game has answers to these queries and more. The Statsguru Awards are based on these stats. The results originate from quantitative analyses of performance throughout the year, which makes these awards definitive and distinctive.