Rohit Sharma on Monday won the ESPN Cricinfo award for a third consecutive year with the recently-retired New Zealand legend Brendon McCullum winning the newly constituted ‘Captain of the Year’ award.
The awards were given to the standout performers across all three formats in the year 2015. Rohit, who won the best ODI innings award for his double centuries in 2013 and 2014, added a ‘T20 innings of the year’ award to his cabinet with a 66-ball 106 against South Africa at Dharamsala.
Rohit’s smashing innings of 106 against the Proteas in October has been rated as the best batting effort by an eminent jury panel comprising former international captains like Ian Chappell, Courtney Walsh, John Wright, Mahela Jayawardene.
Ajit Agarkar, Sanjay Manjrekar, Russell Arnold and Mark Nicholas were other members in the panel.
Brendon McCullum who hung up his boots this year was awarded the ‘Captain of the year’ award for leading the New Zealand side to a World Cup final.
England fast bowler Stuart Broad won the ‘Best Test bowling’ award by a resounding margin of votes for his demolition act of the Australian batting with figures of 8/15 in the fourth test at Nottingham.
The ODI innings of the year went to the 360-degree man AB De Villiers, who struck a hundred in just 31 balls against the West Indies at Johannesburg. The Protea batsman went on to score 149 in a blistering innings at the Wanderers.
The award for ‘Best Test Innings’ went to Kane Williamson for his 242 against Sri Lanka at Wellington while Bangladesh fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman won the ‘Best Debutant of the year’ award.
Tim Southee’s 7/33 against England at Wellington in the World Cup won the Best ODI bowling performance, while David Wiese won the award for T20 internationals with his 5/33 against the West Indies.