ICC awards for 2015


The international cricket council announced the winners of ICC awards for 2015 on Wednesday. The voting period ran from 18 September 2014 to 13 September 2015 during which the following cricketers were found to be ahead of the rest of the pack.

Australian captain and a prolific run scorer Steve Smith won the Sir Garfield Sobers trophy for ICC cricketer of the year. Smith scored 1734 runs at a brilliant average of 82.57 while in the 50 over format he scored 1249 runs. Smith scored 11 tons during the year (7 in tests and 4 in ODIs) which is a glimpse of his terrific track record of 2015.

Steve Smith also bagged ICC test cricketer of the year award for 2015 which was fair enough considering his test record with the bat.

Nobody had any doubt as to who would be ICC ODI cricketer of the year and as expected Mr 360 AB de Villiers grabbed this elusive accolade. He bagged this award for the second consecutive year. AB scored 1265 runs at a fantastic average of  79 and strike rate of 128.

Australian player Meg Lanning was declared as the ICC Women’s ODI cricketers of the year.

In another Women’s award Stefanie Taylor was handed the ICC T20 cricketer of the year in 2015.

The South African classy player FAF du Plesssis was recognized as the player with best T20 international performance of the year courtesy his 119 off 56 balls vs West Indies.

Josh Hazlewood had an excellent outing for Australia during the year and his bowling impressed one and all and analysts also compared him with the great Glen McGrath which is why he was handed the ICC emerging player of the year award.

The 44 year old UAE batsman Khurram Khan was declared as the best associate and affiliate cricketer of the year.

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum who recently announced his retirement won the ICC spirit of cricket award due to his inspiring leadership during the ICC cricket World Cup 2015. After knocking out South Africa in the semi finals the Kiwi side also invited the Proteas to their dressing room.

Richard Kettleborough was seen as the best umpire of 2015 and the David Shepherd Trophy for ICC Umpire of the Year was clinched by the Englishman.

Interestingly no Asian player from the top flight managed to secure any award despite of good performances from spinners such as Ashwin, Yasir Shah, Rahane etc.