Wisden Almanack 2020: No Indian in Wisden’s Five Cricketers of the Year
On Wednesday (8th April), Wisden Almanack announced the Five Cricketers of the Year as well as other award winners in 2020 edition. However, there is no Indian cricketer in these entire award lists. For a long time, the London-based Wisden Almanack yearly announces some reputed awards in cricket, based on the most impactful performances. I
Barbados-born English quick pacer Archer has highly impressed in his early international career. He played a very crucial role for England to win the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, which was also England’s first-ever CWC trophy. In that tournament, Archer finished as the most wicket-taker for England and joint third most wicket-taker in overall as the right-arm fast bowler got 20 wickets. He also bowled the deciding Super Over of the final of that tournament.
On the other hand, during the Ashes 2019, Archer also played a crucial role for England to draw that series. He finished that tournament as the third most wicket-takers with 22 wickets.
Australians dominated in the latest Wisden Five Cricketers of the Year
Meanwhile, Australian players Pat Cummins and Marnus Labuschagne were very consistent in recent times. Both of them played crucial roles for Australia along with the superstar Steven Smith to defending the away Ashes series (Ashes 2019) for the first time since 2001.
In the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, the right-arm fast bowler Cummins bagged 14 wickets in 10 matches and finished as the second most wicket-taker for Australia in that tournament. Also, Cummins was the most wicket-taker in the Ashes 2019 as he managed to take 29 wickets in that series. Cummins took 99 wickets in the last calendar year (2019), which was the most wicket by a bowler in that year.
Meanwhile, another Australian cricketer Marnus Labuschagne dominated with the bat in the Test cricket in the second half of 2019. In the Ashes 2019, Labuschagne finished as the second most run-scorer for Australia after scoring 353 runs in seven innings (average 50.42), including four half-centuries. In the meantime, Labuschagne was also the most Test run-scorer in 2019 after scoring 1,104 runs in 17 Test innings (average 64.94), including three centuries and seven half-centuries.
South African cricketer Simon Harmer entered in the list of the Wisden Five Cricketers of the Year due to his incredible performances during the English County season 2019. While Essex won the County Championship 2019 and Essex Eagles won the T20 Blast 2019, the off-spinner Harmer played the crucial roles for his team. He was the most wicket-taker in overall in the County Championship Division One 2019 with 83 wickets and most wicket-taker for his team in the T20 Blast 2019 with 17 wickets.
On the other hand, Australia Women’s star all-rounder Ellyse Perry became the first overseas woman to be listed in the Wisden Five Cricketers of the Year. She played a massive role for Australia Women to win the Women’s Ashes 2019. The 29-year-old Ellyse Perry also won the award of Wisden Leading Woman Cricketer in the World in 2019.
English all-rounder Ben Stokes won the Leading Cricketer in the World award in 2019. He played the important roles in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 as well as in the Ashes 2019.
Meanwhile, the Caribbean all-rounder Andre Russell won the Leading T20 Cricketer in the World in 2019. He impressed with his consistent all-round performances in the various T20 leagues. In the IPL 2019, the Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) all-rounder Russell (511 runs and 11 wickets) won the TATA harrier Super Striker of the Season award and the Most Valuable Player award.
Here are the details of Wisden Almanack 2020 awards
Five Cricketers of the Year: Jofra Archer, Pat Cummins, Simon Harmer, Marnus Labuschagne and Ellyse Perry.
Leading Cricketer in the World: Ben Stokes
Leading Woman Cricketer in the World: Ellyse Perry
Leading Twenty20 Cricketer in the World: Andre Russell
Book of the Year: Cricket 2.0 by Tim Wagmore and Freddie Wilde
Schools Cricketer of the Year: Tawanda Muyeye
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