Wednesday, January 14, 2015

2014 Cricinfo Awards

I look forward to the Cricinfo Awards each year. The awards are a reminder of the standout individual performances through the year. Between six and ten performances are nominated for both batting and bowling in each format of the game. Here are my picks, you can see the full list here. I've picked one that's not on the list, (and I'd love to see add best performances in Women's international cricket to the list).

Test Batting:
Brendan McCallum - 302 (v India). For me, the easiest to pick. When he came in NZ were 3/52, in there second innings still 194 behind India, (they slipped to 5/94 soon after).  He became NZs first triple-century maker, sharing a record partnership with Watling along the way. I remember riding every ball on the fourth day while he moved 281 to 302.

Test Bowling
It'd be nice to pick Mark Craig the NZ off-spinner who took 7-94 against Pakistan to bring NZ back into the match, but Mitchell Johnson's spell against South Africa is probably the stand-out. The other honorable mention is the Bangladeshi Taijul Islam (who took 8 for 39 v Zimbabwe). These are the best figures by a Bangladeshi bowler and turned a very even test Bangladesh's way.

ODI Batting
No contest, Rohit Sharma who made 264 (173 balls) against Sri Lanka. Sharma scored more than Sri Lanka. Sharma is the only man to score two double-hundreds in international One-Day Cricket.

The honorable mention, is Corey Anderson, who made 131 (from 47 balls, the hundred came in 36 balls)

ODI Bowling
Binny's 6/4 would be my choice.  When he came on Bangladesh were 2/58 chasing 105. Binny picked off the batsman one by one.

T-20 Batting
Stephan Myburgh (Netherlands) for his 63 (off 23 balls). The Netherlands needed to make 190 in 14.2 overs to qualify for the World T20 Cup. With Myburgh on fire, they made them in 13.5 overs. Chantelle Edwards' 92* against Australia, would be my second pick.

T-20 Bowling
Rangana Herath's 5/3 enabled Sri Lanka to defend 120 against NZ at the World T20.

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