Sachin, Laxman wins ESPN Cricinfo Awards


Indian batting star VVS Laxman won the Test batting award in the fourth annual ESPN Cricinfo Awards for his 96 runs match winning inning in the second cricket Test of Inida's tour of South Afrrica 2010-11.

Meanwhile, Sachin Tendulkar, the only cricketer who scored double hundred in One Day International in Gwalior last year, propelling India to a series win against the South Africans, won the ESPN cricinfo one-day batsman award for his unforgettable inning in Gwalior. It was an innings which Kepler Wessels of the ESPN-Cricinfo awards jury, termed the "Perfect One-day innings". This is the second consecutive year for which Tendulkar has ensnared the same award, after his 175, albeit in a losing cause against the Aussies in 2009. Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar has already scored 17,629 runs in 444 ODIs with 46 hundreds.

South African pacer Dale Steyn won the Test bowler award for his match winning spell of seven wickets at the cost of 51 runs in 16.4 overs in the first inning of the first test between India and visitors South Africa in Nagpur in February, 2010. South Africa won the test by an innings and six runs.

These were the top awards given out to players coming out tops on away tours.

Pakistani pacer Umer Gul was conferred with one-day bowler award in the ESPN cricinfo Awards 2010. Gul won the award for his 6-42 spell at The Oval against England in September 2010.

In Twenty20, Tim Southee's five-wicket haul against Pakistan (in Dec 2010), including a hat-trick was the overwhelming favourite choice for the corresponding award. Michael Hussey's "freak" of a 60 in the World Twenty20 semi-final beat Brendon McCullum's century, only the second in Twenty20 internationals, to the batting prize.

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