The leading name in cricket, ESPNCricinfo has released the list of players who made a mark in the year 2017.
The yearly awards saw both the One Day International (ODI) titles grabbed by Pakistani players including Fakhar Zaman and Muhammad Amir for their brilliant performances in the Champions Trophy 2017 final leading their team to triumph for the first time ever.
ODI Batting Performance of the Year
Fakhar Zaman’s brilliant century in the big final of Champions Trophy against arch-rivals India won him the award for the best performance of the year.
Considering that it was just his fourth match and he was playing against an unbeatable Indian side added more weight to his performance.
The other nominees for the award included:
- Matthew Wade 100 not out v Pakistan
- Kedar Jadhav 120 v England
- Marcus Stoinis 146 not out v New Zealand
- Martin Guptill 180 not out v South Africa
- Shakib Al Hasan 114 v New Zealand
- Ben Stokes 102 not out v Australia
- Hamilton Masakadza 73 v Sri Lanka
- Tom Latham 103 not out v India
- Rohit Sharma 208 not out v Sri Lanka
ODI Bowling Performance of the Year
Mohammad Amir’s spellbinding bowling display in the Champions Trophy final helped him overcome the likes of Rashid Khan (7-18), Trent Boult (6-33), Akila Dananjaya (6-54) and a few others. He dismantled the Indian top order which eventually crumbled to lose by a hefty margin of 180 runs.
Amir had the following competitors:
- Trent Boult 6 for 33 v Australia
- Kagiso Rabada 3 for 25 v New Zealand
- Rashid Khan 7 for 18 v West Indies
- Mark Wood 4 for 33 v Australia
- Hasan Ali 3 for 35 v England
- Jason Holder 5 for 27 v India
- Akila Dananjaya 6 for 54 v India
- Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3 for 9 v Australia
- Suranga Lakmal 4 for 13 v India
The other awards went to the below-mentioned individuals.
- Test Batting: Steven Smith 109 v India
- Test Bowling: Nathan Lyon 8 for 50 v India
- T20 Batting: Evin Lewis 125 v India
- T20 Bowling: Yuzvendra Chahal 6 for 25 v England
- Debutant: Kuldeep Yadav 43 wickets
- Captain: Heather Knight
- Associate Batting: Kyle Coetzer 109 v Zimbabwe
- Associate Bowling: Rashid Khan 7 for 18 v West Indies
- Women’s Batting: Harmanpreet Kaur 171 not out v Australia
- Women’s Bowling: Anya Shrubsole 6 for 46 v India
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