Matthew Hayden: Test index 71.50, ODI index 101.48. Total 172.98
The result was based on a batsman's performance against the list of top bowlers of the year, which was calculated in the following manner:
ODIs: Top ten bowling index (average multiplied by economy-rate) among bowlers who took at least 20 wickets in 2007.
Shoaib Akhtar: Test index 42.50, ODI index 11.84. Total 54.34
The result was based on bowlers' performance against the list of top batsmen of the year, which was calculated in the following manner:
Shivnarine Chanderpaul: Consistency index 2.79
With six successive Test innings of 50-plus in 2007, Shivnarine Chanderpaul was the most consistent batsman of the year. He spoilt it slightly by scoring just 8 in his last innings of 2007, but he still finished with a batting average of 111.60. His standard deviation for the year - which measures the average distance from the mean - was just 40.05, which gave him a consistency index of 2.79 (average divided by standard deviation). Kallis and Kumar Sangakkara were the other two batsmen in contention, but neither stood a chance against Chanderpaul. Kallis averaged 86.42 with an SD of 50.15 (consistency index 1.72), while Sangakkara averaged 138.28, but thanks to two single-digit scores, his SD was a high 80.97 (consistency index 1.71).
Brett Lee: Average 19.20 against top order
With a cut-off of at least 10 top-order wickets*, Brett Lee snuck ahead of two other worthy contenders. He took 20 top-order wickets at an average of 19.20. Stuart Clark followed him with 14 wickets at 22, while Dale Steyn bagged third place, with 29 top-order wickets at 22.34 each.
*Top order is defined as batsmen who have batted in the top seven in at least 50% of their innings over their career. A bowler's average against the top order was calculated by dividing the runs conceded against these batsmen by the number of such wickets.
Ricky Ponting: Batting Index 72.10
In what was a glorious year both for him and his team, Ricky Ponting scored a whopping 1288 runs* in the year, including four hundreds and eight half-centuries. He averaged 80.50, at a strike-rate of 89.56 runs per 100 balls, for an ODI batting index of 72.10. He was well ahead of second-placed Andrew Symonds, who averaged 61 at a strike-rate of 103.25 (ODI index 62.98) and Matthew Hayden (average 60.48, strike-rate 89.57, ODI index 54.17). That the top three were all Australians indicates just how dominant they were in 2007.
*Doesn't include runs scored against the non-Test-playing teams. Cut-off: 750 runs against Test-playing teams in 2007.
Shane Bond - Bowling index 13.87
In the 17 ODIs* he played in 2007, Shane Bond took 30 wickets at an average of 20.40 and an economy-rate of 4.08. His Bowling Index of 13.87 wins him the best ODI bowler of the year, ahead of Chaminda Vaas, who averaged 23.38 at an economy-rate of 3.75. Dilhara Fernando was in third place, while Glenn McGrath was the best Australian, with an average of 21.74, and an economy-rate of 4.69.
*Doesn't include wickets against the non-Test-playing teams. Bowling Index = bowling average multiplied by runs conceded per ball. Cut-off: 600 balls bowled.
Mohammad Yousuf: average 118.50 (237 runs, dismissed twice)
Mohammad Yousuf had a relatively quiet 2007 compared to his outstanding 2006, but among the top bowlers of the year, only two - Makhaya Ntini and Dale Steyn - managed to dismiss him. Yousuf, though, managed to score plenty against them, averaging 118.50 against the top ten bowlers of the year (the bowlers with the best averages among those who took at least 20 wickets in 2007).
Kamran Akmal: 336 out of 563 runs (59.68)
Kamran Akmal pipped Wasim Jaffer to the post: Jaffer scored 58.47% of his runs in boundaries (490 out of 838), while Rahul Dravid was third with a percentage of 57.76.
Jacques Kallis: 1210 out of 4861 (24.89)
Kallis proved once again how crucial he is to South Africa's cause, scoring nearly a quarter of the team's runs. Three other batsmen gave him a run for his money: Mahela Jayawardene (22.46), Kumar Sangakkara (22.14) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (22.07).
Jacques Kallis: 844 runs at 93.77
Kallis featured in six Test wins for South Africa, scoring nearly 850 runs in those matches. Sangakkara was next, with 672 runs in four victories, followed by Amla (575 in six wins).
Kamran Akmal: 66.25% runs on the off side
Akmal finished marginally ahead of Sourav Ganguly, who scored 62.97% of his runs on the off side.
Graeme Smith: 61.84% runs on the on side
Smith was the only player to score more than 60% of his runs on the on side. Paul Collingwood was next with 56.81% leg-side runs.
Paul Collingwood: 10 times in nine Tests
Of the 19 times that Collingwood was dismissed in Tests in 2007, he was bowled or lbw ten times. Ian Bell, Alastair Cook, Graeme Smith and Sachin Tendulkar all fell to those modes of dismissals eight times.
Adam Gilchrist: 103.77 (797 runs from 768 balls)
Adam Gilchrist and Andrew Symonds were the only two batsmen to have a strike-rate of more than 100, but Gilchrist went ahead by a whisker - Symonds finished with a scoring rate of 103.25 per 100 balls.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul: 68.76 (810 runs from 1178 balls)
Shivnarine Chanderpaul was the only batsman to have a strike-rate of less than 70 in the year. Sourav Ganguly was next, with a rate of 72.59
(cut-off: 10 innings)
Sanath Jayasuriya: 64.13% (506 out of 789)
This was a list dominated by openers. Sanath Jayasuriya struck 86 fours and 27 sixes, making it 506 runs in boundaries out of 789 overall. Adam Gilchrist was in second place with a percentage of 62.74 (95 fours and 20 sixes in an aggregate of 797), while Sachin Tendulkar and AB de Villiers occupied the next two spots.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni: 46.86% (500 out of 1067)
Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the only batsman to finish with a dot-ball percentage of less than 50. Ricky Ponting, who was second, played 720 dot balls out of 1438 (50.07%). Mohammad Yousuf was only fractionally behind, with a dot-ball percentage of 50.08.
Upul Tharanga: 64.57% (596 out of 923)
Not surprisingly, the openers dominate this list as well. Sourav Ganguly is in second place with a dot-ball percentage of 62.57, while Sachin Tendulkar is next with 59.64.
Matthew Hayden: 20.05% (1512 out of 7543)
Matthew Hayden was easily the leader of this pack, being the only batsman with a contribution of greater than 20%. Mohammad Yousuf was next with a percentage of 18.58 (908 out of 4888), while Shivnarine Chanderpaul scored 18.35% of West Indies' runs.
AB de Villiers: 21.28% (780 out of 3666)
South Africa's AB de Villiers won this one by a whisker - his contribution of 21.28% of his team's runs in wins was marginally ahead of Ricky Ponting's contribution of 21.03% (1120 out of 5326 runs)
Matthew Hayden: batting index (ave x strike rate) 286.91
Matthew Hayden is an unlikely winner in this category, for you wouldn't expect an opener to be batting often in the last ten overs, but Hayden did it more than once in 2007. He scored 129 runs from 58 deliveries in the last ten overs of ODIs, and was dismissed just once. That gave him an average of 129, and a strike rate of 2.22 runs per ball. Multiply the two and the result is a whopping 286.91, which is more than twice what second-placed Mohammad Yousuf managed (121.73).
Not unexpectedly, Sourav Ganguly swept this one, with Ian Bell (55.98%) and Sachin Tendulkar (51.32%) the only other batsmen with more than 50% runs scored on the off side.
England's ODI captain won this one by a handsome margin, with Matthew Hayden (57.91) and Herschelle Gibbs (57.20) taking the next two places.
In what was a battle of two of the fastest bowlers around, Dale Steyn struck at a slightly quicker rate: he needed less than 30 balls per wicket. Brett Lee's 28 wickets came in 987 deliveries, a strike-rate of 35.25.
Muttiah Muralitharan: average 3.26 (19 wickets for 65 runs)
Muttiah Muralitharan's wizardry was too much for the tail, while Dale Steyn's 15 for 81 (average 5.40) puts him in second place.
Anil Kumble: 25 (12 bowled, 13 lbw)
Kumble's accuracy and change of pace helped him to 25 bowled and lbw dismissals in 2007. Monty Panesar was next with 20 (eight bowled, 12 lbw), while Dale Steyn had 19 (9 bowled, 10 lbw).
Shaun Pollock: 3.53 runs per over
Medium-pacers took the top two spots in this one. Pollock was on top, and Chaminda Vaas followed with an economy-rate of 3.76. These two were the only bowlers to have a sub-four economy rate in 2007.
Chaminda Vaas: 70.96%
Chaminda Vaas narrowly beat Shane Bond here. Bond had a dot-ball percentage of 70.02.
Shaun Pollock: 6.22%
Of the 1303 balls that Pollock bowled, he only conceded 72 fours and nine sixes. Vaas finished second with 7.11%.
Elton Chigumbura: 5.93 runs per over
Chigumbura conceded 686 runs in 694 deliveries, which gives him the worst economy-rate for the year. New Zealand's Mark Gillespie was only marginally behind, with 5.84, while RP Singh (5.65) was in third place.
(includes all teams)
Anderson Cummins: 79 extra balls (22 no-balls, 57 wides) out of 624 balls - 12.66%
Canada's Anderson Cummins was well ahead of the rest of the pack. In second place was Australia's Shaun Tait, who bowled six no-balls and 67 wides in 849 deliveries (8.60%).
Australia: Batting ave - Bowling ave = 39.58
Australia only lost 38 wickets for 2436 runs - that's an average of 64.11 - but took 80 wickets at an average of 24.53. The difference between the batting and bowling average was a whopping 39.58. Next in line was Sri Lanka, who despite a poor series in Australia, still managed a difference of 16.47. Bangladesh were the worst of the lot, with a difference of -60.81
Australia: Batting index - bowling index = 19.82
Australia averaged 45.17 runs per wicket, and scored at 5.79 runs per over, giving them a batting index (average multiplied by runs per ball) of 43.60. Similarly their bowling index was 23.78, and the difference between the two an impressive 19.82. The next best team was South Africa, with a difference of 5.73.
Sri Lanka: Extras gained - 492; extras conceded - 342. Difference = 150
Sri Lanka benefited the maximum from extras, with a difference of 150 between the number of runs gained and conceded. New Zealand were next with a difference of 121, with Scotland, quite surprisingly, in third place with 114.
South Africa effected 27 run-outs in ODIs, but only suffered that fate ten times themselves when they were batting. The difference of 17 was easily the highest for any team in 2007. England managed to get 32 run-outs in the field, but had 24 run-outs inflicted on them when they batted.