R Ashwin wins ICC Cricketer of the Year, Test cricketer of the Year Awards – India’s off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has bagged one of the most prestigious awards in Cricket world. R Ashwin was announced as the winner of Cricketer of the Year and the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year 2016 by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday. Now R Ashwin has joined Rahul Dravid (2004) and Sachin Tendulkar (2010) to win Sir Garfield Sobers trophy. (Also Read: IPL 2017 News: Big Names Released by Franchise; All eyes on IPL Auction )
R Ashwin who is rewriting history books for fastest wicket-takers in the world has trapped 48 batsmen in 8 test matches at an astonishing average of 15.39 and has also managed to score 336 runs at an average of 40+.
During the voting period of 14th September 2015 to 20th September 2016, India defeated West Indies and South Africa due to Ashwin’s heroics. During this period, R Ashwin managed to play just 3 ODIs and some T20 where he made his presence felt in the cricket world. His bowling helped India to win 3-0 away T20 series in Australia, Asia Cup in February and India also managed to reach semi-finals of ICC T20 World Cup 2016. Aswin managed to pick 27 wickets in T20 matches at an average of 15 approx. His magical bowling did not leak any extra runs and Aswin was economical bowler even in the shortest format of cricket. His average economy throughout the year was around 6.2. (Also Read: IPL Schedule 2017 Time Table Fixtures, Starting Date, Venues – Vivo IPL 10 Match List)
R Ashwin currently is the world No. 1 bowler followed by his spin partner Ravindra Jadeja on 2nd position. Tamil Nadu boy has also found his place in ICC Test team of the year.
ICC Test Team For Year 2016 – Alastair Cook (c), Kane Williamson, Joe Root, Adam Voges, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Ben Stokes, Rangana Herath, R Ashwin, Mitchell Starc, Dale Steyn and Steve Smith.
For the third consecutive time, Cook has been named the captain of ICC Test Team. Whereas even though Virat was not seen ICC Test team of Year, Virat has been named as captain of ICC ODI Team of the Year.
ICC ODI Team For Year 2016 – Warner, Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, AB de Villiers, Jos Buttler, Mitchell Marsh, Ravindra Jadeja, Starc, Kagiso Rabada, Sunil Narine and Imran Tahir.
List of ICC Award Winners For Year 2016
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