Thursday, 19 August 2010

Cricketers of the year 2009/2010

The longlists for the annual ICC Awards have just been announced. These are meant to recognise cricketing achievements in the period between 24th August 2009 and 10th August 2010. Some of the relevant stats for that period are here: Test batting, Test bowling, ODI batting, ODI bowling.

The winners won't be announced until October but in the meantime here are my suggestions. I've ignored a couple of categories about which I don't know much (Women's Cricketer of the Year and Umpire of the Year) and also invented a couple of my own (T20I Cricketer of the Year, Test and ODI Performances of the Year).

T20I performance of the year
Mike Hussey 60*(24), World T20 SF v Pak, Gros Islet

ODI performance of the year
Sachin Tendulkar 200*(147), 2nd ODI v SA, Gwalior

Test performance of the year
Dale Steyn 7/51 and 3/57, 1st Test v Ind, Nagpur

Associate player of the year
Mohammad Shahzad (Afghanistan)

Emerging player of the year
Mohammad Amir

T20I player of the year
Kevin Pietersen

ODI player of the year
Shane Watson

Test player of the year
Virender Sehwag

Cricketer of the year
Sachin Tendulkar

REFILE - CORRECTING NATIONALITY OF PLAYER Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar waves as he arrives on Centre Court for the match between Serena Williams of the U.S. and Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia at the 2010 Wimbledon tennis championships in London, June 26, 2010.  REUTERS/Phil Noble (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT TENNIS)

Sachin managed 1978 more international runs (and 9 more hundreds) than I did during the qualification period, but I have way better ties.


  1. Fair call, I agree with most of your choices :)

    However, I would choose:

    - Dirty Dirk Nannes (26 wickets at an average of 14) over Pietersen (no hundred just lots of not-outs; hence the high average) and,

    - I guess Twatto deserves the ODI player because of his all-round perfomance, but if it was ODI batsman I would (probably unsurprisingly) choose Dilsh (avg of 57 as an opener and also the most number of hundreds) :)

  2. Thanks Anoukh!

    Discounting not outs, KP still scored more than 40 per innings, plus the main thing was that he was Man-of-the-Tournament at the World T20. I agree there's also a very strong case for Dirk though!

    Can't understand how Watson keeps getting wickets but his all-round stats are hard to argue with. Dilsh, AB and Sachin close behind...


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