U-19 WC: Southee claims Player-of-the-Tourney award

Published: Tuesday, March 4, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Kuala Lumpur: New Zealand paceman Tim Southee (11 pts) pipped Lankan batsman Sachith Pathirana (9), Nepal all-rounder Paras Khadka (8) and India skipper Virat Kohli (8) for the coveted Player of the Tournament award for his remarkable overall performance in the recently concluded U-19 World Cup in Malaysia.

Southee has been the stand-out bowler of the event with his probing line and length, coupled with good pace and a real competitive edge. The Northland man finished on 11 points, two ahead of his nearest rival, despite having played one game fewer than some of his rivals.

Had Kohli won the man of the match award in the final, he would have snatched the Player of the Tournament award from under Southee"s nose because although they would have ended on the same number of points, Kohli would have been declared the winner on account of winning more MOM awards during the tournament.

But it was Ajitesh Argal who was named man of the match in the final for his devastating early spell of bowling against South Africa and so Southee takes the top honour.

The points were allocated by the ICC umpires at each match with those officials awarding three points for their choice as man of the match, second choice getting two points and the third pick receiving one.

Those points were then added up to produce the Player of the Tournament. All matches, including those in the Super League play-offs and final as well as the Plate Championship, were included in the process.

Southee was awarded at least two points in every match that he played and one man-of-the-match performance, and it is a tribute to his dominance that he wins this award having played five matches while many other players turned out in six.

This is Southee"s second appearance at the U-19 CWC. He has already played nine first-class matches for Northern Districts and was selected for the senior New Zealand side in two Twenty20 Internationals earlier this season.

In the five U-19 CWC 2008 matches he played, Southee took 17 wickets at a remarkable average of just 6.64 and an almost as impressive economy rate of 2.52 runs per over. He took 5-11 in one game against Zimbabwe at Johor Cricket Academy.


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