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Thatscricket - News - Murali edges out Sachin for cricketer-of-year title

Published: Wednesday, May 8, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Chennai: The most prolific off spinner, Sri Lankan Muthiah Muralitharan edged past master blaster, Sachin Tendulkar by a mere 15 points to grab the Ceat International Cricketer-of-the-Year 2001-02 award.[an error occurred while processing this directive] According to a press release by the Company, Muralitharan has become the first cricketer ever to claim the award twice in succession since the inception of the Ceat Awards in 1995-96.Muralitharan was the highest point-getter aggregating 601 point in the last seven years as compared to Tendulkar's 586 points and Jacques Kallis (South Africa) with 455 points, who were the other two consistent performers in the Ceat Cricket Ratings. The Sri Lankan had a phenomenal time during the year under review from May 1, 2001 to April 30, 2002, capturing five wickets in an innings on nine occasions and 10 wickets in a match four times during the year. His bowling average for Test matches (15.95 95 wkts for 1,515runs) was evenbetter in One-day International (14.24 37 wkts for 527 runs).For the lead position amongst the top 10 players, Muralitharan's 149 points was a whopping 49 points ahead of second placed Kallis (100). This was the most convincing margin in the history of Ceat ratings. With 144 points, he was also the Ceat's International Bowler-of-the-Year.However, Tendulkar with 85 points was the Ceat Ratings International Batsman-of-the-Year. He has figured in the top five for the sixth straight year, making him the most consist cricketer since the introduction of the awards.Cricketing greats Sunil Gavaskar, Ian Chappell and Clive Lloyds were the adjudicators for the ratings.As for Tendulkar, he had scored 1,149 runs in 11 Tests and 890 runs in 17 One-dayers, all this despite missing out on three Tests and 12 One-day Internationals during the year under review.Aussie Ricky Pointing with nine fielding points and Adam Gilchrist with 22 points were adjudged for the fielder and wicket-keeper of-the-year awards.Australian team (112 pts), expectedly, won the Ceat International Team-of-the-Year award with just four points separating them from Sri Lanka, the runners-up, with 116 pts.Pakistan (105 pts) and India (84 pts) were the third and fourth best teams in the world in both Tests and One-dayers.Interestingly, it was India's best performance since 1995-96 with unprecedented three Test match wins abroad -Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka and the West Indies and had played 30 One dayers and 15 Test matches during the year, the highest played by any full member team of the International Cricket Council.Following are the top 10 cricketers of the year in the Ceat Ratings (batting, bowling and fielding points in brackets):1. Muthiah Muralitharan (SL-2, 144, 3) 149; 2. Jacques Kallis (SA-73, 22, 5) 100; 3. Shane Warne (Aus-9, 77, 8) 94; 4. Adam Gilchrist (Aus-71, 0, 22) 93;5. Sachin Tendulkar (Ind-85, 1, 1) 87,6. Herschelle Gibbs (SA-78, 0, 3) 81;7. Yousuf Youhana (Pak-76, 0, 1) 77; 8. Ricky Ponting (Aus-65, 0, 9) 74; 9. Glenn McGrath (Aus-0, 70, 0) 70;10. Sanath Jayasuriya (SL 47, 17, 3) 67 and Nathan Astle (NZ-61, 4, 20) 67. Ceat International Cricket Team of the year 2001-02:1.Australia-112pts; 2.Sri Lanka-108, 3.Pakistan-105; 4.India-84; 5.South Africa-78; 6.England-44; 7.New Zealand-42, 8.West Indies -36; 9.Zimbabwe-31; 10.Kenya-two and 11.Bangladesh-zeroPTI

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