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Why Ashwin is the ICC Cricketer of the Year

Last updated on: December 22, 2016 21:23 IST

Rajneesh Gupta explains the numbers that led to the world's cricket cognoscenti to vote Ravichandran Ashwin as the ICC Cricketer of the Year 2016 and the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year 2016.

Ravichandran Ashwin, the world's top bowler.Ravichandran Ashwin is the third Indian and 12th cricketer to win the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy after being named ICC Cricketer of the Year 2016.

The rankings took into account performances between September 14, 2015 and September 20, 2016.

The trophy is named after Sir Garfield Sobers, arguably the greatest all-rounder ever.

The name for the trophy was chosen by Richie Benaud, Sunil Gavaskar and Michael Holding who were asked by the International Cricket Council to select 'an individual with whom to honour cricket's ultimate individual award.'

The recipient of the annual award is selected by an 'academy' of individuals, including the current captains of Test-playing nations, members of the elite panel of ICC umpires and referees, prominent former players and cricket correspondents.

In the event of a tie in the voting, the award is shared.

ICC Players of the Year

Year Player
2004 Rahul Dravid (India)
2005 Andrew Flintoff (England), Jacques Kallis (South Africa)
2006 Ricky Ponting (Australia)
2007 Ricky Ponting (Australia)
2008 Shivnarine Chanderpaul (West Indies)
2009 Mitchell Johnson (Australia)
2010 Sachin Tendulkar (India)
2011 Jonathan Trott (England)
2012 Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka)
2013 Michael Clarke (Australia)
2014 Mitchell Johnson (Australia)
2015 Steve Smith (Australia)
2016 Ravichandran Ashwin (India)

 

Ashwin's performances: September 14, 2015 to September 20, 2016

  Matches Runs Batting Average Wickets Bowling Average
Tests 8 336 42.00 48 15.39
One-Day Internationals 3 1 1.00 3 47.33
Twenty20 Internationals 19 57 28.50 27 15.62
All international cricket 30 394 35.81 78 16.70

Ashwin was also adjudged the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year, which has made him only the second Indian after Rahul Dravid (2004) to bag the two coveted prizes in the same year.

Jacques Kallis (2005), Ricky Ponting (2006), Kumar Sangakkara (2012), Michael Clarke (2013), Mitchell Johnson (2014) and Steve Smith (2015) are the other players to annex both the awards in the same year.

ICC Test Cricketers of the Year

Year Player
2004 Rahul Dravid
2005 Jacques Kallis
2006 Ricky Ponting
2007 Mohammad Yousuf (Pakistan)
2008 Dale Steyn (South Africa)
2009 Gautam Gambhir (India)
2010 Virender Sehwag (India)
2011 Alastair Cook (England)
2012 Kumar Sangakkara
2013 Michael Clarke
2014 Mitchell Johnson
2015 Steve Smith
2016 Ravichandran Ashwin

 

Ashwin's performance in Tests: September 14, 2015 to September 20, 2016

OpponentVenueBattingBowlingResult (for India)
South Africa Mohali 20* and 3 5/51 and 3/39 Won
South Africa Bangalore DNB 4/70 Drawn
South Africa Nagpur 15 and 7 5/32 and 7/66 Won
South Africa Delhi 56 2/26 and 5/61 Won
West Indies North Sound 113 0/43 and 7/83 Won
West Indies Kingston 3 5/52 and 1/114 Drawn
West Indies Gros Islet 118 and 1 2/52 and 1/28 Won
West Indies Port-of-Spain DNB 1/22 Drawn

 

Rajneesh Gupta