Thatscricket - News - Murali, South Africa worthy CEAT winners
Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2001, 15:55 [IST]
Sri Lanka's spin ace Muthiah Muralitharan has emerged as the CEAT International Cricketer of the Year 2000-01. Murali topped the CEAT Cricket Ratings with a tally of 111 points, 16 ahead of the first runner-up, his own teammate Marvan Atapattu. The CEAT Year of 2000-01 has been a memorable one for Murali. Among his most unforgettable feats this year were his 13-wicket haul in a Test match against the South Africans at Galle, a spell of 7-30 against India, which was the best-ever performance by any bowler in One-day Internationals, and of course, his 300th Test wicket. The top five in the CEAT Cricket Ratings were: Muthiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka) 111 pts, Marvan Atapattu (Sri Lanka) 95 pts, Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka) 93 pts, Jacques Kallis (South Africa) 87 pts, Sachin Tendulkar (India) 85 pts. Sachin Tendulkar's CEAT Efficiency Quotient (CEQ) of 3.04 was the highest among the leading contenders for the Award. South Africa has topped the CEAT Team of the Year Ratings. Three Test series wins, including one in the Caribbean and a successful run in One-day Internationals have enabled South Africa to top the Ratings with a tally of 98 points, which included 57 from the 14 Tests and 41 from the 26 ODIs, which it played during the CEAT Year. Previous winners of the 'CEAT International Cricketer of the Year' Award are: Brian Lara (1995-96), Venkatesh Prasad (1996-97), Sanath Jayasuriya (1997-98), Jacques Kallis (1998-99), Saurav Ganguly (1999-00). The annual CEAT Cricket Ratings were instituted in 1995-96. Supervised by three legends of the game; Clive Lloyd, Ian Chappell and Sunil Gavaskar, the Ratings take into account all international cricket played between the May 1 and April 30. The 'CEAT Team of the Year' Award was instituted in 1996-97. The Award has since been won by: Pakistan (1996-97), Australia (1997-98 and 1999-00), South Africa (1998-99).