He is in prolific touch and has been scoring runs on a canter. For him, double centuries have become the norm of the day, such is his calibre. Recently, at the high-profile ESPNCricinfo’s prestigious awards, Indian team skipper Virat Kohli bagged the captain of the year award. Before the Pune Test, Kohli had a 19-Test unbeaten streak. Ben Stokes too, who is having a dream year after bagging the highest amount at the Indian Premier League auction ever for an overseas player romped home Rs 14.5 cr.
Well, Ben Stokes won the award for his ‘once in a lifetime’ 258 off 198 balls against a formidable South African team, in Cape Town.
The winners were selected by an independent jury including former cricket greats, ESPNcricinfo’s senior editors, writers and global correspondents, comprising Ian Chappell, Mahela Jayawardene, Ramiz Raja, Isa Guha, Sambit Bal, Courtney Walsh, Mark Butcher and Simon Taufel among others.
Young, talented Quinton DeKock won the award for the best ODI innings of the year. Remember his 178 against Australia in Centurion? This was the second-highest individual score by a South African player and voted as the performance of the year in ODI’s.
Guyana tweaker Sunil Narine was awarded the ODI Bowling Performance of the Year award for his mind-boggling 6 for 27 against South Africa in the Tri-Nation series in Guyana.
Carlos Braithwaite from West Indies won the T20I inning of the year for his breathtaking show in the T20I WC finals at the Eden Gardens against England.