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Ten Best International Cricketers of 2016

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We had given the names of 10 cricketers who has performed especially well for their country in the most recent 12 months and should discover a place among the absolute best. 

The rundown included two Indians, three Aussies, two Englishmen and one each from Pakistan, Afghanistan and South Africa. Adolescent leg-spinner Rashid Khan who performed extremely well for his country should have been a chosen one for the best player of 2016. Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin were the normal names in the conflict. Jonny Bairstow alongside Joe Root who has had huge years have likewise been incorporated.

1. Virat Kohli (India)

India’ Test skipper Virat Kohli is having a dream run in international cricket at the moment. Irrespective of formats and oppositions Virat has been piling on run after runs and can go on to break all the batting records until he calls it a day.

The “Modern Master” struck three double centuries in Tests in the calendar year and finished with 1215 runs in 12 Tests at an average of 75.93. He also led his team to five consecutive series victories and was the only captain to remain unbeaten in Tests through the course of the year.

2. Azhar Ali (Pakistan)

The Pakistan right-handed opener isn’t the most impressive batsman on display but has the ability to bat for long hours and hit big scores especially in Test cricket. His recent double century against the mighty Australians in their own territory showed the amount of grit and determination the man had to succeed against the Aussies.

3. Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)

The most promising bowler of Afghanistan in 2016, Rashid Khan was the find of the ICC Word T20. The leg-spinner has been pretty impressive in the limited-overs format and was instrumental in helping the Afghans to a famous win against the eventual World Champions West Indies in the World T20 earlier in 2016.

4. David Warner (Australia)

Warner didn’t have a particularly impressive beginning in the Test arena but gained from strength to strength. He was consistently troubled by the Lankan spinners during their 0-3 drubbing at the hands of Sri Lanka. Warner in total played 11 Tests in 2016 scoring 748 runs at an average of 42 with two centuries to his name.

5Steve Smith (Australia)

The Australian captain across all formats has been one of the positives for the Aussies in an otherwise disappointing year especially in the longest format of the game. The year also saw Smith leaving in between an ODI series against Sri Lanka to prepare for the South Africa series and received criticism from every quarter.

6. Ravichandran Ashwin (India)

Indian spin ace Ravichandran Ashwin has been on a record-breaking spree of late and courtesy his brilliant performances in the year, the No.1 all-rounder joined the ranks of Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid by becoming the 3rd Indian to bag the ICC Cricketer of the Year award. Besides that, he also got the ICC Test player of the year award.

7. Mitchell Starc (Australia)

The lanky fast bowler from Australia had a terrific time in 2016 despite below par performances from his team especially in the longest format of the game. Starc was the highest wicket-taker for the Aussies with 24 wickets in the 3-match Test series in Sri Lanka which the visitors lost 0-3. Overall Starc finished with 50 wickets in 8 Tests at an average of 22.58.

8. Quinton de Kock (South Africa)

South African wicketkeeper-batsman, Quinton de Cock had a tremendous time in 2016. He has been a terrific opener for South Africa especially in limited overs cricket and more often than not he has provided the Proteas with a rollicking start.

The hard-hitting southpaw had a tremendous year irrespective of the format and boasts of 50+ averages in both Tests and ODIs. De Kock has scored 857 runs in 17 ODIs in 2016 at an impressive average of 57.13 with 3 centuries to his name.

9. Joe Root (England)

The mainstay of the England batting order Joe Root’s sublime form continued in 2016 and not only did he succeed in Tests, he was brilliant in the shorter formats too. In ODIs Root accumulated 796 runs 15 outings at an impressive average of 61.23 with his highest score being 125 against the mighty Proteas.

10. Jonny Bairstow (England)

English wicketkeeper-batsman in the Test outfit Jonny Bairstow had a terrific 2016 both with the bat and behind the stumps. He finished the year as the 2nd highest run scorer just behind his teammate Joe Root.

In the 3-match Test series against Sri Lanka in May Bairstow finished as the leading run-scorer from either side. He accumulated 387 runs in 3 Tests at a staggering average of 129.00. His top score of 167* came in the final Test at Lord’s.

posted Jan 4, 2017 by Sherlyn Mishra

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One of the best spinners one can discover on the planet today, Ravichandran Ashwin has made some amazing progress in the previous 5 years. One of the uncommon players who had a solid effect in the worldwide field post IPL achievement, he is enhancing a far cry with each diversion he plays, and still intends to be better.

1. Ravichandran or Ashwin? 

There is some perplexity with respect to the genuine name of the man we as a whole know as Ravichandran Ashwin. His dad's name is Ravichandran, and his name is Ashwin. Maybe calling him R Ashwin will be ideal. 

2. Cricket in his blood 

Ravichandran, who worked for Southern Railways, played club cricket for Egmore Excelsiors for over 10 years. It was for a similar club that Ashwin would make his initial cricketing strides. 

3. Early values 

Ashwin's mom Chitra was very strict with respect to his studies. While both guardians bolstered Ashwin's cricketing profession, they were firm about his instruction too. Chitra told Mid-Day, "We never trade off on training, and Ashwin was develop enough to acknowledge that." 

4. Opening batsman 

One reason Ashwin is such a decent lower-arrange batsman is that toward the begin of his cricketing interests, he was an opening batsman. Confronting another ball for a greater part of his initial days guaranteed that his strategy is more than amazing for somebody who bats so wicked good the request.

5. A serious damage 

The real explanation behind Ashwin's batting taking a secondary lounge was because of a serious harm he grabbed as an adolescent. When he was 14, Ashwin harmed his pelvic range. The horrendous harm brought about a tear in the tendons between his hip bones. This made blood spill into the bone joints, diffusing them. Chitra said of the harm, "He would have had inserts which would have put a stop to his cricket profession. Fortunately, we looked for second feeling from another orthopedic specialist… We needed to place him in bed rest for two months, and he was out of activity for very nearly eight months. Indeed, even after that, he was limping for quite a while." 

6. Bouncing back 

The harm swung to be a surprisingly beneficial development for Ashwin. When he returned to the amusement, he discovered his opening spot had been taken so his mom Chitra recommended he attempt his hand at turn knocking down some pins. The rest, as it's been said, is history. 

7. Shared presentations 

Despite the fact that it likely did not influence him excessively, Ashwin did not get the chance to appreciate the sole focus on any of his three global presentations. He imparted his T20I introduction to Virat Kohli and Naman Ojha, his ODI make a big appearance with Ojha and Pankaj Singh, and his Test make a big appearance with Umesh Yadav.

8. Great on all presentations 

Ashwin's aptitudes went to the fore in each of his three presentation matches. He took 1 for 22 in four overs against Zimbabwe (getting the wicket of Tatenda Taibu) in his first T20I, which India won effectively by six wickets. In spite of the fact that India lost the match in which Ashwin made his ODI make a big appearance (against Sri Lanka), he inspired both with bat (38 off 32) and later with the ball (2 for 50 in 10 overs). Yet, it was his Test make a big appearance that would have genuinely astonished the individuals who thought he was not ready to deal with the longest organization. 

Playing against West Indies, Ashwin took 3 for 61 in the principal innings (he rejected Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, and Ravi Rampaul) and after that trapped 6 for 47 (including the scalps of Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kieran Powell, and Fidel Edwards to similar men he took out in the main innings). Ashwin completed with match figures of 9 for 128, second just to Narendra Hirwani's 16-for on presentation. He likewise turned into the third Indian to win Man of the Match on Test make a big appearance. Co-unexpectedly, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma copied him to win Man-of-the-Match grants on Test make a big appearance. 

9. Highest partnership 

Had it not been for Ashwin and Rohit, Sachin Tendulkar’s penultimate Test could have ended quite differently. After West Indies were bowled out for 234 (Ashwin accounted for Chanderpaul and Veersammy Permaul) in the first Test at Eden Gardens in 2013, Shane Shillingford reduced India to 156 for 6 before Ashwin joined debutant Rohit. The duo put on a fantastic 280 runs for the seventh wicket; an Indian record. India finally got to 453, and India bowled out West Indies for 168 (Ashwin took three more wickets) to win by an innings and 51 runs.

10.  Fastest 50, 100 & 150

Ashwin holds the records for being the speediest Indian to 50, 100 and 150 Test wickets. He got his 50th wicket in his ninth Test (beating past holder Anil Kumble by one match), 100th in his eighteenth Test (beating past holder EAS Prasanna by two diversions) and 150th scalp in hey 29th Test (beating past holder EAS Prasanna by five recreations).

11. An exceptional 10-for 

The principal Test of the 2013 Border-Gavaskar arrangement in India was played in Ashwin's main residence, Chennai. He reacted magnificently to his home ground, taking 7 for 103 in the primary innings before MS Dhoni (224) became the overwhelming focus. Opening knocking down some pins in the second innings, Ashwin reacted with 5 for 95, as India were left with a negligible 50 hurries to win, which they did with eight wickets remaining. It was Ashwin's second-since forever Test 10-wicket pull however what made it all the sweeter was that it came at his home ground. Considerably more fundamentally, he turned into the primary Indian bowler to take 10 wickets in the place where he grew up. 

12. Sanga's bane 

Kumar Sangakkara may have threatened bowlers for over 10 years, however in the diminishing snapshots of his profession he surrendered to Ashwin more than once. Sangakkara's last Test arrangement came against India at home in 2015. He played just the initial two Tests, at Galle and P Sara Oval, Colombo. In any case, the Sri Lankan maestro neglected to get to a half-century any of his last four innings, capitulating to Ashwin on every one of the four events. Ashwin turned into the main bowler in history to reject Sangakkara in four progressive innings.

13. Man for all Arrangement 

A standout amongst the most astonishing actualities about Ashwin is that 36 Tests into his vocation, he has won the Man of the Series grant six circumstances. As cricket analyst Bharath Seervi calls attention to, Richard Hadlee and Imran Khan both had eight Man-of-the-Series grants each in 86 and 88 Tests separately (in spite of the fact that the Man-of-the-Series honors were not extremely regular in that period). Ashwin's count of six such honors in 36 matches comes at a superior rate than even them and this is additionally the most number of man of the arrangement grant got by an Indian cricketer. 

14. Genuine All-rounder 

Ashwin is the joint speediest (with Ian Botham and Jack Gregory) to the twofold of 50 wickets and 500 runs. Each of the three men got to the point of interest in their eleventh Tests. Ashwin's amazing all-round aptitudes can be further characterized; among all Indians with the 100 wicket-1,000 run twofold, Ashwin's batting normal of 34.26 is second just to Ravi Shastri, while his knocking down some pins normal of 25.20 is the best. This improves his general numbers than any semblance of Kapil Dev, Vinoo Mankad, and Anil Kumble. 

15. Grants in Abundance 

Ashwin was met with an Arjuna grant — India's most noteworthy wearing honor — in 2014. He was additionally named BCCI's cricketer of the year in 2012-13. 

16. Marrying a Friend 

Ashwin wedded his youth companion Prithi Narayanan in 2011, after he made his Test make a big appearance against West Indies. Ashwin reacted by taking four wickets in his next Test — which finished in an Indian win — before featuring in the third and last Test with 5 for 156 and 4 for 34 notwithstanding scoring 103, his lady Test ton. He was then run out off the last bundle of the Test with the scores level and India nine wickets down.