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Harmanpreet Kaur’s Blast, Rashid Khan’s Spin Among Wins At ESPN Cricinfo Awards 2017

Harmanpreet Kaur’s Blast, Rashid Khan’s Spin Among Wins At ESPN Cricinfo Awards 2017
Harmanpreet Kaur. (Source - Official Twitter account of BCCI Women)

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Harmanpreet Kaur’s Blast, Rashid Khan’s Spin Among Wins At ESPN Cricinfo Awards 2017

India had the maximum winners, three, at the annual awards for this year.

India’s Harmanpreet Kaur, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal were among the winners of the ESPN Cricinfo Awards 2017 announced on Monday.

Harmanpreet won the award for the Women’s Batting Performance of the Year, Yadav received it for the Best Debut in all formats of the game while Chahal’s 6/25 in the 3rd T20I v England at Bengaluru was the T20 International Performance of the Year.

Here is what Chahal had posted on Twitter after India completed an ODI series win against South Africa.

England Women’s Heather Knight, who led her team to victory in World Cup 2017, was named Captain of the Year for her excellent leadership across all formats of the game.  Captain of the Indian Women’s team Mithali Raj was among those nominated.

Virat Kohli, who swept the ICC Awards 2017 and was named the Cricketer of the Year, however, did not figure in any of these awards.

Kaur’s Blast Resonates at ESPN Cricinfo Awards 2017

Harmanpreet Kaur was in terrific form through the year, including at the ICC Women’s World Cup. She received the award for her blistering 171* v Australia, her career-best score in ODIs. She was unstoppable in the semi-final against Australia, hitting 20 fours and seven sixes despite a strained shoulder.

In the 81 ODIs Kaur has played so far, she has scored 2,121 runs, including three centuries and 11 fifties at a strike rate of over 69.

England’s Anya Shrubsole, who had figures of 6/46 in the World Cup final against India, was named as the Women’s Bowling Performance of the Year award.

Rashid Khan Spins A Stunning Web

When 18-year-old leg spinner Rashid Khan came in to bowl, West Indies seemed to be cruising to a comfortable victory against Afghanistan in the first One Day International at Gros Islet. Chasing a modest target of 213, they were at 68/2 when Khan struck twice, in the first two balls of his spell.

He claimed two more wickets in his next over to leave the home side wrecked at 71/6. By the time he finished, his figures read 7/18, the fourth-best bowling figure in ODI history as Afghanistan won their first ever ODI against the West Indies.

Not surprisingly, he won the Associate Bowling Performance of the Year at the ESPN Cricinfo Awards 2017. Khan had also been nominated to the category for another separate, superlative bowling performance (5/3 v Ireland).

Khan will be part of the Sunrisers Hyderabad team at IPL 2018.

This was the second year running that a player from Afghanistan won this award. The previous winner was Mohammad Nabi, who was nominated for the 2017 awards as well.

Incidentally, Afghanistan had four nominations under this category. Besides Khan and Nabi (4/10 v Ireland), Afghanistan’s Amir Hamza (3/20 v Zimbabwe) was also part of the list. The fifth was Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien, who was nominated for his 4/26 v Afghanistan.

Inducted as a full member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in June 2017, Afghanistan are likely to play their maiden Test match against India exactly a year later.

(Read – Afghanistan To Play Maiden Test Match With India In June)

ODI Performances Of The Year

Pakistan’s Fakhar Zaman won the ODI Batting Performance of the Year in the ESPN Cricinfo Awards 2017 for his century (114 off 106) in the Champions Trophy final against India at the Oval.

The century, his first in international cricket, helped Pakistan post a massive 338 batting first. The total proved too much for India and Pakistan won their first Champions Trophy.

Zaman won ahead of India’s Rohit Sharma, who scored 208* v Sri Lanka, his third double hundred in ODIs which is a world record.

(Read – Rohit Sharma Hits Record Third ODI Double Century, Fifth By An Indian)

The award for the Bowling Performance of the Year went to Pakistan’s Mohammad Amir for his 3/16 v India in the Champions Trophy final win at the Oval.

T20 At ESPN Cricinfo Awards 2017

Two Indian bowlers, wrist-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah, were part of the short-list for the T20 International Performance of the Year. The winner was Chahal for his 6/25 in the 3rd T20I against England at Bengaluru.

The T20 Batting Performance of the Year went to Evin Lewis for his 125* v India at a strike rate of over 200. India’s Rohit Sharma (118 v Sri Lanka) was among those nominated.

Awards For Test Performances

The award for the Test Batting Performance of the Year went to Australia’s Steven Smith for his 109 v India in the 1st Test match at Pune.

The Test Bowling Performance of the Year went to Australia’s Nathan Lyon for his 8/50 v India in the 2nd Test at Bengaluru.

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