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bdchamp20
December 24, 2007, 09:15 AM
©Cricinfo

Multiple nominations for Yuvraj and Misbah

Exceptional performances through the year by Yuvraj Singh and Misbah-ul-Haq make them leading candidates for the annual Cricinfo Awards, nominations for which were announced in Bangalore on Monday.

A departure from the usual year-end awards looking at overall performances, Cricinfo's honours are in two categories: a jury-based award looking at the year's best batting and bowling performances and a stats-based award using numbers from Cricinfo's extensive database.

Announcing the nominations for the jury-based awards in Bangalore, Sambit Bal, the editor of Cricinfo, explained the reason for the format: "This was something that has never been recognised. Everybody has their Test player of the year and ODI player of the year lists. But ultimately we remember an individual innings, not a run of scores. You remember Yuvraj Singh's 169 in Bangalore, Kumar Sangakkara's 192, but no award recognises that."

The winners will be selected by Cricinfo's expert panel, which will choose from a shortlist of performances in each category. The nine-member panel comprises Tony Greig, Ravi Shastri, David Lloyd, Ramiz Raja, Ian Chappell, Daryll Cullinan, Geoffrey Boycott, Michael Holding and Sanjay Manjrekar.


Apart from Sangakkara's 192 and Yuvraj's 169, the shortlist also includes Sangakkara's 152 against England in Colombo, Jacques Kallis' 155 in Karachi, and Misbah-ul-Haq's match-saving century in Kolkata. Michael Vaughan's 124 against India didn't save the game for England but the sheer quality of the knock puts it in the shortlist, while Mohammad Ashraful makes the list for his 129 against Sri Lanka.


Monty Panesar and Paul Harris are the only spinners in the Test bowling category, while Muttiah Muralitharan misses out despite his match-winning six-wicket haul against England. Dale Steyn is the only one with two nominations, following his destruction of New Zealand.


Sachin Tendulkar makes his way into the nominees' list with his 97 against Pakistan in the Gwalior ODI. Quite fittingly, two of the nominees for the one-day innings are from the semi-final and final of the World Cup.

The only other Bangladeshi representative in the list of nominees is Mashrafe Mortaza, whose 4 for 34 resulted in an upset win against India at the World Cup. Ireland's Boyd Rankin is rewarded for his 3 for 32 during their shock win over Pakistan. Lasith Malinga's four wickets in four balls against South Africa made him an obvious candidate, while Andrew Hall makes the cut as well. Murali Kartik is the only spinner in the list, for his six-wicket haul at the Wankhede Stadium against Australia.

Yuvraj Singh dominates the Twenty20 batting honours with two memorable performances against England and Australia. Rearguard expert Misbah finds a spot with a 66 that masterminded the chase against Australia. The first international Twenty20 century by Chris Gayle against South Africa is an obvious pick.

Sreesanth and RP Singh represent Indiain the Twenty20 bowling nominees, while Daniel Vettori is the only spinner. Umar Gul and Mohammad Asif are in the shortlist as well.

The second set of prizes, the Statsguru Awards 2007, is based on Cricinfo's extensive ball-by-ball database. The categories include most valuable batsman and bowler, most consistent batsman and best bowler against top-order batsmen.

The winners for all the awards will be announced in the second week of January.

© Cricinfo

bdchamp20
December 24, 2007, 09:17 AM
Eventhough I really want Mashrafe and Ashraful to win, realistically I dont think they have a good chance. The other contenders are too strong.

cricman
December 24, 2007, 09:23 AM
Nice to see Cricinfo recognize some our brilliance but Rasel did get snubbed in the T20 bowling but Ash and Masri got in. Mashrafe has a real chance to win too IMO. Razzak and Rasel may have a chance in the statsguru awards section but I don't really know.

Test Innings of the year

Mohammad Ashraful: 129 v Sri Lanka
Second innings, Colombo
Scorecard (http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/293479.html)

Bangladesh had been destroyed in the previous Test of the series, losing by an innings and 234 runs. The batting had been particularly dire, and there was more of the same in the second Test when they were bundled out for 62 and faced a first-innings deficit of 389. They slumped to 78 for 5 in the second innings, before Ashraful, the newly appointed captain, provided a reminder of his class. He cut out the reckless stroke-making to compile a patient century and put on 191 with Mushfiqur Rahim. The outstanding feature of his innings, which contained 11 boundaries in front of square on the off side, was the aplomb with which Lasith Malinga's scorching yorkers and Muttiah Muralitharan's bag of tricks were handled. While it couldn't prevent an innings defeat, the maturity displayed by Ashraful, long prone to impetuosity, gave Bangladesh cause for cheer.T20 innings of the year


Mohammad Ashraful: 61 off 27 balls v West Indies
World Twenty20, Johannesburg
Scorecard (http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/287857.html)

Every once in a while, when Bangladesh decide it's time to fell a giant, Ashraful plays a blinder. He did it against Australia at Sophia Gardens in 2005, against South Africa at the World Cup earlier this year, and his 61 at Johannesburg eliminated West Indies from the World Twenty20. Bangladesh had made a poor start, losing their second wicket for 28 after four overs. Ashraful joined Aftab Ahmed and began dismantling the West Indian attack with a mixture of power and cheek to record a 20-ball fifty - the fastest in Twenty20 internationals at the time. Ashraful blasted Daren Powell for four consecutive fours and flicked Ravi Rampaul over fine leg for six. He made the most of a reprieve on 29, dropped by Fidel Edwards, and clouted the bowlers repeatedly through midwicket. His onslaught included seven fours and three sixes and ensured that Bangladesh reached the target with two overs to spare.Best ODI Innings by an Bowler
Mashrafe Mortaza: 4 for 38 v India
World Cup, Port of Spain
Scorecard (http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/wc2007/engine/current/match/247464.html)
Mortaza was the wrecker-in-chief as Bangladesh caused the first upset of the Caribbean World Cup with a convincing five-wicket win over India. Mortaza, bowling at a consistent pace, first prised out the top order, bringing one back into Virender Sehwag, who played on, before tempting Robin Uthappa into a poorly judged cut shot that sailed into the hands of point. Mortaza did not give the other batsmen, especially Sourav Ganguly (who made a painstaking 129-ball 66), any leeway, ensuring that the run-rate remained around 3.5 runs per over. After the left-arm spinners Mohammad Rafique and Abdur Razzaq had left the Indian middle order in a shambles, Mortaza returned to have Ajit Agarkar caught behind with the first ball of his second spell before removing Munaf Patel. India were bowled out for 191 - which proved to be easy pickings for Bangladesh's teenage triumvirate, Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, and Mushfiqur Rahim.http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/ci/content/story/326201.html

al-Sagar
December 24, 2007, 09:28 AM
still, its a good honor to get nominated

bdchamp20
December 24, 2007, 09:30 AM
These are my winners:
Test batting: Kumar Sangakara
Test Bowling: Dale Steyn
ODI Batting: Adam Gilchrist
ODI Bowling: Lasith Malinga
T20 Batting: Chris Gayle
T20 Bowling: Daniel Vetorri

bdchamp20
December 24, 2007, 04:40 PM
still, its a good honor to get nominated
I agree but I think Ashraful souldve been nominated for best T20 innings for his performance against West Indies in the World Twenty20 and maybe Aftab too.

Miraz
December 24, 2007, 04:53 PM
I agree but I think Ashraful souldve been nominated for best T20 innings for his performance against West Indies in the World Twenty20 and maybe Aftab too.

He has been already nominated for that. :)

al Furqaan
December 25, 2007, 12:43 AM
mortaza took 4-38, not 4-34

crapinfo at it again...

Rifat
December 25, 2007, 01:49 AM
mortaza took 4-38, not 4-34

crapinfo at it again...

hmmm. crapinfo, is there a bigger, larger database than that? i visit "cricinfo" all the time...since it has large amounts of data.

pinch_hitter
December 26, 2007, 12:04 PM
Donno if its been posted already or not. I didn't see it. And if its not, then its kinda surprising that it missed so many hawkeyes... lol.

Anyways. Ashraful and Mashrafi are among the nominees for this years cricinfo awards for all forms of the game. Doubt it that they will win any, with so many brilliant performances to compete against, but its nice to see them in the list.

Test batting: Ashraful
ODI bowling: Mashrafe
T20 batting: Ashraful

http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/ci/content/story/326201.html

Kana-Baba
December 26, 2007, 12:05 PM
congrats!!!

zainab
December 26, 2007, 02:35 PM
It is good to see that Crucifino remembered to nominate them, though I doubt that will win any award, but good to see their names.