Jhulan bags ICC award

Updated: 13 September 2007 16:10 IST

Jhulan Goswami has done India proud by winning the woman cricketer of the year award at the fourth ICC awards.

Jhulan bags ICC award

Johannesburg:

Jhulan Goswami has done India proud by winning the woman cricketer of the year award at the fourth ICC awards.

The awards, considered the Oscars for cricket, were presented in Johannesburg on Monday night.

Australia captain Ricky Ponting won the player of the year award for the second time in a row. He was also named the captain of the year. Sadly for the third year in a row no Indian male cricketer won any award.

Goswami has had an incredible year for India. She took 10 wickets when India beat England for the first time in a Test in England last year.

Her average in Tests over the year was a remarkable 12.40 with an economy rate of just over 2.

Goswami won India its only award this year but Ponting won two for the second year in a row.

The Australian captain has a 100 per cent record of winning all five Tests in the voting period and he won 24 of the 28 ODIs. So no surprise that he was named the captain of the year.

But it's the Garfield Sobers trophy that Ponting would be really proud of. That's for the top player of the year across Tests and one dayers.

Mathew Hayden's one day comeback earned him the award for the one day player of the year and Australia also won the emerging player of the year award for Shaun Tait who wasn't there in person since he's missing the 20-20 world cup because of an injury.

Mohammad Yousuf was also missing from the awards function. The Pakistani, who broke Viv Richards' record for the most runs in a calendar year with nine hundreds, was the Test Player of the Year.

He's been incommunicado for a while now as the Pakistan cricket board tries to get him to play for the country rather than joining the Indian Cricket League.

Meanwhile, another Australian who maintained his dominance at the award was umpire Simon Taufel.

He might be unpopular in India right now after handing Sachin Tendulkar a decision during the series in England, but luckily the match was not in the voting period so he won his fourth consecutive award as umpire of the year.

Topics : Cricket
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