Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Cricket: Tendulkar still the master

Sachin Tendulkar is the ICC Cricketer of the Year.

The 37-year-old Indian great continued to perform at the peak of his powers this year, scoring 1,064 runs in just 10 Test matches and also became the first player to score 200 in a one-day international.

However, he was pipped to the ODI player of the year by South African AB de Villiers while Tendulkar’s team-mate Virender Sehwag was named Test player of the year.

England pace bowler Steven Finn received the Emerging Player of the Year from West Indies legend Joel Garner at last night’s glamour ceremony in Banglaore.

Sometime Netherlands all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate beat Trent Johnston and Kevin O’Brien and Afghanistan’s Mohammed Shahzad to win the Associate Player of the Year.

Ten Doeschate, who did not attend the ceremony, played only six international games but his statistics proved irresistible to the majority of the 25-person voting panel.

In five ODIs, he scored one century and three 50s and averaged 121.33 and in his one Intercontinental Cup match hit 212 not out against Kenya.

However, there was no doubting the disappointment of the Ireland duo, who both travelled to India, especially Johnston who enjoyed a golden year with the ball and who played in all but one of Ireland’s 12 major matches in the qualifying period.

As the only member of the voting academy who regularly watched associate cricket during the year, it was no surprise to me that the talented Dutchman came top of the poll, but it is difficult to argue that Johnston’s contribution for Ireland was far superior to ten Doeschate whose first loyalty is always to Essex.

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