ICC announced the winners of the 2016 ICC awards on Thursday. India’s Ashwin ran away with the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for the ICC Cricketer of 2016 and the ICC Test Cricketer of 2016 award. South African opener de Kock was named the ICC ODI Cricketer of 2016, while Bangladesh’s Mustafizur Rahman was named the ICC Emerging Cricketer of 2016.
ICC also announced the Test Team and the ODI Team of the Year, led by Cook(a captain who lost 8 tests this year) and Virat Kohli(who isn’t even a captain of limited-overs team) respectively. Though people were questioning Kohli’s absence from the Test team, the Indian skipper’s numbers in the format in the 12-month period failed to back up the claims by the fans. No. 1 ranked test batsman and Australia skipper Steve Smith has been sensationally snubbed from the Test team despite scoring four hundreds in his baggy green at a far superior average compared to Cook and Root who, both managed just two hundreds apiece.
ICC TEST TEAM OF THE YEAR
David Warner, Alastair Cook (capt), Kane Williamson, Joe Root, Adam Voges, Jonny Bairstow (keeper), Ben Stokes, Ravi Ashwin, Rangana Herath, Mitchell Starc, Dale Steyn, Steve Smith (12th man)
ICC ODI TEAM OF THE YEAR
David Warner, Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (capt), AB de Villiers, Jos Buttler, Mitchell Marsh, Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Starc, Kagiso Rabada, Suni Narine.
ICC Cricketer of the Year 2016: R Ashwin
ICC Spirit of the Year 2016: Misbah-ul-Haq
ICC Umpire of the Year 2016: Marais Erasmus
ICC Test Cricketer of the Year 2016: R Ashwin
ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year 2016: Quinton de Kock
ICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year 2016: Mustafizur Rahman
ICC Associate/Affiliate Cricketer of the Year: Mohammad Shahzad
ICC T20I Performance of the Year: Carlos Brathwaite
Few deserving names were not considered for the 2016 awards and few undeserving names ran away with the top prizes. The same can be said about the names that feature in the ICC Teams of the Year. Let us take a look at the 5 undeserving names that feature in the ICC awards 2016.
#1 Ravindra Jadeja
Only 3 wickets in the 5 ODIs at an economy of almost 6 won’t even guarantee a frontline bowler a place in the starting XI for the team’s next assignment. But, these numbers have earned the Indian all-rounder Jadeja a place in the ICC ODI Team of the Year.
It is very easy to name a handful of names that deserved a place in the ICC ODI Team of the Year than Jadeja. Leading wicket-taker in ODIs in the 12-month period, Proteas’ Imran Tahir with 28 wickets in 15 matches at economy of 5.42 and an average of 27.14 was completely ignored and was named as the 12th man.
Ironically, Jadeja’s fellow spinner in the XI, Narine’s place in the team is also questionable as the West Indian has picked only 16 wickets in 10 matches, but his economy of 3.90 backs up the decision to have Narine in the team. But in Jadeja’s case, there is nothing to prove that the Indian all-rounder deserved a place in the ICC ODI team of the year.
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