A batsman, a spin wizard, a budding fast bowling superstar and a stubborn opener make up our nominees for the ICC Men’s Test Player of the Year 2021 award. Here we take a look at their holdings.
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Joe Root – England
1708 runs in 15 battles with six centuries
The year it was
The size of Joe Root’s sublime form in the year 2021 can be summed up with a simple statistic – he has only become the third player in history to collect over 1700 runs in test cricket in a calendar year. Only Mohammad Yousuf and Sir Vivian Richards stand in front of him.
Be it Asia or the conditions at home. Be it pace or spin. Root has conquered it all with some sublime shocks. His battles in Galle against Sri Lanka, against India in Chennai and against India again at Lord’s are some of the finest seen in the modern era and will be talked about loudly for a long, long time. He has not been shabby with the ball as well, coming up with 14 wickets with a five-for in Ahmedabad.
Root’s 218 in the first Test of the four-match series against India in Chennai was a champion class in batting. He knocked a quality bowling attack away, both pace and spin, with great ease. This continued his form from the series in Sri Lanka where he was again in sensational touch.
Batting for 377 deliveries, the Indian bowler had no answer to the root riddle as he ensured a 227-run victory for the visitors. This was also a sign of things to come for the rest of the year as the English captain played crack after crack of the highest caliber, regardless of the opponent.
R Ashwin – India
52 wickets in 8 matches with an average of 16.23. 337 runs on 28.08 with a century.
The year it was
One of India’s biggest match winners in the longest format, R Ashwin once again asserted his authority as one of the world’s finest spinners in 2021. In addition to his magic with the ball, Ashwin also made invaluable contributions with the bat.
The year began at a high level in the Sydney Test against Australia. Ashwin bowled a disciplined line and length with the ball and then started on a patient 128-ball 29 * and along with Hanuma Vihari, helping India to a memorable draw that kept the series level at 1-1.
He was on the run in the home series against England, where he scaled 32 wickets in four games to 14.72, while also contributing 189 runs with the stick. For his accomplishments, he was named the player of the series.
Despite India finishing second in the ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand, Ashwin still made an impression on the seam-friendly wicket at Southampton, picking up four wickets in the match.
The following series against England would be fraught with frustration for Ashwin as he sat out all four matches with the Indian team management favoring a tempo-heavy attack.
The spinner would then ingeniously return in the home series against New Zealand and win yet another Player of the Series award. He picked up 14 wickets in two games at 11.36, while also coming in with a couple of handy strokes in the Kanpur test. The ace Indian spinner will now play a key role with India aiming to win their first series on South African soil.
With India behind in the 1-0 series at home against England, the hosts needed their star players to go up to the mark. Ashwin did just that with an all-round display of the highest order. He recorded numbers of 5/43 and 3/52 respectively in each innings to spin a spin around the English batters.
Not only that, he scored the fifth test tone of his career with a brilliant stroke of 106 in the second half. England had no answer against a charged Ashwin playing at his home ground as they succumbed to a 317-run defeat.
Kyle Jamieson – New Zealand
27 wickets in 5 games at 17.51. 105 runs at 17.50.
The year it was
Another ingenious addition to the New Zealand tempo battery, 2021 was the year when Kyle Jamieson proved to be one of the most promising fast bowling opportunities in world cricket.
In a groundbreaking year for New Zealand, where they emerged as the opening winners of the ICC World Test Championship, against India in the final, Jamieson was the X factor in their pace attack, brilliantly replacing and often surpassing Tim Southee, Trent Boults and Trent Boults companies. Neil Wagner. He was the star player in Southampton, where he scalped seven wickets and contributed with practical 21 runs in the first innings, winning the award of the match player for his performance.
Away from the seam-friendly courts of New Zealand and England, Jamieson also impressed on the flat decks of India and made the ball shape itself beautifully. He picked up six wickets in the two matches and repeated with his performances that New Zealand had a new star.
In New Zealand’s finest hour, as they celebrated their ICC World Test Championship victory, Jamieson was the player who made the difference. On day one, he got the ball to shape itself beautifully and continued to bowl with a high skill at the Hampshire bowl.
With a five-for in the first half, which included the big wickets from Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, he also rejected the Indian captain for the second time. He also came up with 21 races as New Zealand’s tail wagged brilliantly and obliterated India’s hopes.
Dimuth Karunaratne – Sri Lanka
902 runs in 7 matches at 69.38 with 4 centuries
The year it was
The Sri Lankan test skipper again led the attack for his side in the longest format. He showed what a brilliant player he is in every relationship, and cemented his case for being the best opener in Test cricket right now.
A glorious century in Johannesburg against South Africa, two centuries against Bangladesh in two matches in Pallekele, including a double ton, and a glorious century against the West Indies in Galle were some of the highlights of another fantastic year for Karunaratne.
Karunaratne was solid at the top of the order and canceled various attacks with new balls during the year before triggering the blows once he had spotted. With Sri Lankan cricket in a period of transition, the skipper is once again tasked with being the beacon for their strike order as a new era is heralded.
On a Wanderers track that assisted the pace runners and with people like Anrich Nortje and Lungi Ngidi in the South African attack, Karunaratne played a brilliant attack on 103 of 128 deliveries, which showed his character.
It was difficult to score races on this course as Sri Lanka were ruled out for 157 in the first innings and South Africa could only respond with a score of 302. Karunaratnes bank in the second innings consisted of 19 boundaries but unfortunately he failed to get some support. from the other end when the visitors were shot out to 211.
That Karunaratne scored almost half of the races for his team and no other batsman managed to reach a score of 40 further highlighted his ton of distinguished nature.
South Africa would eventually seal a 10-wickets victory, but Karunaratnes bank will be talked about forever.