Sachin Tendulkar awarded best individual Test batting performance of 2011

India’s Sachin Tendulkar has been awarded top honours in Test batting at the ESPNcricinfo Awards 2011, which celebrate the best individual performances in the past year by batsmen and bowlers in Tests and one-day internationals.

Tendulkar won the award for best Test Batting for his stand-out performance against South Africa in the third Test in Cape Town. Tendulkar scored 146 to put India in a position to win; he stood out of the crease, played at nothing if he couldn’t play it under his head, and took 48 off 66 balls in two of Dale Steyn’s best spells of the match.

The ESPNcricinfo Awards were first established in 2007. This year’s awards were voted on by a jury of cricket greats and experts, which included Ian Chappell (former Australia captain), Sanjay Manjrekar (former India batsman), Geoffrey Boycott (Former England opener), Ramiz Raja (Former Pakistan cricketer) and Russel Arnold (Former Sri Lanka all-rounder).

The other ESPNcricinfo Awards 2011 winners are:

Doug Bracewell (New Zealand) was awarded best individual Test Bowling performance for his 6 for 40 against Australia in the Second Test in Hobart. Awards judge Ramiz Raja said: “What was fascinating about that performance was his ability to pick up the frontline batsmen and also the tail. And for a young guy, just starting his Test career, to produce that kind of a match-winning performance was something special. He’s here to stay.”

Kevin O’Brien (Ireland) was awarded best individual ODI Batting performance for his 113 against England at last year’s ICC World Cup in Bangalore. Awards judge Ian Bishop said: “Kevin O’Brien’s knock was exceptional, given the stage and the opponent he was playing against. A World Cup hundred at the best of times is always something to be revered and something special.”

Mitchell Johnson (Australia) was awarded best individual ODI Bowling performance for his 6 for 31 against Sri Lanka in the first ODI in Pallekele. Awards judge Ian Chappell said: “With Mitchell Johnson, it seems to be all or nothing when he’s bowling. He’s either very, very good, or very, very bad. On this day at Pallekele, he destroyed Sri Lanka with some magnificent bowling.”

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What the jury said about Sachin Tendulkar’s award-winning performance…

Ian Chappell on Sachin Tendulkar: “Well, everybody knows how great he is and what a tremendous stroke maker, showing his versatility in the Test match in Cape Town. Coming in with India struggling at 28 for 2, and the ball moving around off the seam, Dale Steyn was at his best under these conditions, and Tendulkar showed his class, his true class, in scoring 146. He faced 314 balls which is not Tendulkar-like, the strike rate, but these were precious runs. He hit 17 boundaries and two sixes, and really, the game was turned on the partnership he had with Gautam Gambhir. This was another side of Tendulkar, just showing his greatness – his ability to make runs when things were really tough, and he really had to battle. So, Sachin Tendulkar showing what a versatile batsman he is with that 146 against South Africa.”

Sambit Bal on Sachin Tendulkar: “Cricket is a contest between individuals within the framework of team sport, and contest between Sachin Tendulkar and Dale Steyn was one for the ages. To me, Steyn bowled the spell of the year, and in doing so, he raised the bar for Tendulkar. Almost each ball in that spell was worthy of a wicket and the way Tendulkar weathered him – with dead-certain footwork and playing very late — was a master class in batting.”

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