IN PICS: The 2016 ICC Award winners

Sport360 staff 22/12/2016

India’s Ravichandran Ashwin was named as the International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricketer of the Year for 2016 on Thursday.

Ashwin also won the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year award. During the time period, i.e 14 September 2015 to 20 September 2016, the Tamil Nadu all-rounder bagged two Man of the Series awards in Test cricket [against South Africa and the West Indies].

Across the three formats of the game, Ashwin played 30 international matches during the considered time period. He scored 394 runs at an average of 35.81 and took 78 wickets at an average of 16.70.

Ashwin thanked his team-mates while dedicating the award to his family. He is the third Indian to be named the ICC Cricketer of the Year after Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar.

“There are a lot of people to thank for this wonderful achievement I have made. It has been a great couple of years but this year has been even more special,” said the Indian off-spinner.

“What is very noticeable is the way I have bowled and batted and the way I have gone about doing my business. What is more important, as far as I am concerned, is the number of people who have gone behind my success.

“I’d like to dedicate this award to my family. I’d like to thank ICC and most importantly my team-mates. I’d also like to thank the support staff for our success.

ASHWIN IN TESTS DURING THE TIME WINDOW

  • Matches - 8
  • Runs - 336
  • Wickets - 48
  • Bat Avg - 42.00, Bowl Avg - 15.39

“We’ve had a great transition ever since Mahendra Singh Dhoni hung up his boots. A young captain has taken over, we fell on the right track, and we now have a new bunch of boys.”

South Africa’s Quinton de Kock bagged the ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year award. During the window, the wicket-keeper batsman scored 793 runs at an average of 56.64 and a strike rate of 97.42, including four centuries in the 50-over format.

West Indies’ Carlos Brathwaite won the ICC T20I Performance of the Year award for his stupendous showing in the ICC World T20 final against England. After picking up three wickets with the ball, he hit four consecutive sixes in the final over of the match to hand the Caribbean side their second World T20 title.

Surprisingly, England’s Joe Root did not win any individual award despite being the top run-scorer in both Tests and ODIs during the time period.

You can find all the award winners in the gallery above.

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Five things we learned from India-England Test series

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What did you learn from the series?

After the Test series between India and England, we look at five things that really stood out from the numerous storylines.

From the continued disputes over DRS to the brilliance of Virat Kohli and pressure Alastair Cook faces, there was plenty to take stock of.

What stood out for you the most in the series and what do you think will happen to both teams in 2017?

We want to hear from you so have your say by commenting below, using #360fans on Twitter or getting in touch via Facebook.

KING KOHLI REIGNS SUPREME

There’s no stopping Virat Kohli the batsman… or Virat Kohli the skipper. The 28-year-old achieved new highs in 2016 with five successive series wins as captain and three double centuries, making him the undisputed superstar of world cricket. He hit a majestic 235 in the fourth Test in Mumbai to pass 1,000 runs in Test cricket for the year. It followed 167 in the second Test in Visakhapatnam and he finished as the series top-scorer with 655 runs.

CAPTAIN COOK NEARS EXIT

Alastair Cook fuelled doubts about his future as England captain before the first Test when he said he was finding it hard to be away from his family. Nevertheless he scored a trademark 130 in the draw in Rajkot, but things quickly deteriorated and his tactics were criticised following defeats in the next two Tests. When England relinquished the series with an innings and 36-run defeat in Mumbai, the clamour grew for him to step aside and let vice-captain Joe Root take charge.

RUNS NO PROBLEM FOR INDIA

While Kohli’s form has been outstanding, he also has the luxury of knowing that on the rare occasion he does fail, others will stand up. Kohli made just 15 in Chennai, but Karun Nair, playing in just his third Test, smashed an astonishing unbeaten 303 while KL Rahul fell just one short of a double century. Also contributing was the lower order, with Ravichandran Ashwin averaging 43.71 batting at seven, while Ravindra Jadeja made 90 in Mohali and Jayant Yadav 104 in Mumbai.

ENGLAND CAN CLING TO YOUNG HOPE

Amidst the carnage, England did discover promising new batting talent for the top of the order in 19-year-old Haseeb Hameed and South African-born Keaton Jennings. Both impressed, with Hameed making 31 and 82 on debut and 24-year-old Jennings 112 in his maiden Test knock after replacing the injured teenager. If Hameed becomes Cook’s regular opening partner for England, Jennings could slot in at No3 and Root can then play in his preferred No4 slot.

MORE HEAT OVER DRS

The Decision Review System (DRS) technology made its debut in India after the home side resisted its use for years. However, it was far from perfect with the technology used in India lacking a crucial component seen elsewhere – the use of thermal imaging. The ‘Hot Spot’ technology was unavailable in India due to logistical issues. So while Kohli gave it a big thumbs-up, DRS still needs to be applied uniformly across the game’s arenas.

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Faf du Plessis' appeal rejected

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Faf du Plessis was adamant that he did nothing wrong.

South African captain Faf du Plesssis’ appeal against the punishment handed out to him over a ball-tampering incident has been rejected by judicial commissioner Michael Beloff.

Du Plessis was fined 100 per cent of his match fee and given three demerit points after International Cricket Council (ICC) match referee Andy Pycroft had found him guilty of changing the condition of the match ball by using a foreign object.

The said incident occurred during the second Test between Australia and South Africa at Hobart in November, when video footage appeared of du Plessis licking his finger with a sweet [considered a foreign object] in his mouth before applying it onto the ball.

The South African team had stood behind their skipper by stating that it is a common practice for cricketers to chew gum while fielding.

Pycroft found du Plessis guilty of breaching Article 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct which relates to changing the condition of the match ball.

With the judicial commissioner not overturning the original decision, one could say that du Plessis is lucky that his punishment hasn’t been enhanced. He was a risking a one-match ban, having gone ahead with the appeal.

The 32-year-old was appointed as South Africa’s full-time Test captain last week after AB de Villiers quit the post citing that he required more time to recover from a recent surgery.

The South Africans host Sri Lanka in a three-match Test series, with the first Test scheduled to begin on December 26, 2016 at St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth.

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