India named team of the year 2008

Published: Monday, December 29, 2008, 10:51 [IST]
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Indian  team bags 'Team of the Year' honour

London: India wins the 'Team of the Year' honour while batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar's overtaking Brian Lara as Test cricket's highest run-scorer was considerrd as the 'Feat of the Year' by the Sunday Telegraph here today.

The English daily praised the Indian team and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni for their fine overall performance throughout the year.

The newspaper went on to add that on and off the fields they were now bossing the world cricket, despite what the Australians and South Africans might think.

''Their 2-0 Test series victory over Australia officially ended their opponents' era of relentless domination. And then England suffered. Talent oozes from their every pore. Retiring legends are being replaced with astonishing ease. There is depth in every department, and in Mahendra Singh Dhoni they possess not just a wonderful leader but a wonderfully impressive man too,'' Steve James wrote in the newspaper.

The writer further described the Tendulkar's overtaking Brian Lara as Test cricket's highest run scorer as 'Feat of the Year'.

''Genuine confirmation of greatness. What more can you say? Maybe that his hands are clearly too low on the bat handle. He'd never get away with that as a youngster in England,'' he wrote.

However, Sri Lankan off-spinner Ajantha Mendis was termed as the 'Player of the Year' for his fine performance against the Indians, who are generally considered as good players of the spin bowling.

Mendis had claimed 26 wickets at an average of 18.38 in three Tests against India at home. India lost the series 2-1.

The writer also described the England's team decision to return to India for the two-Test series after the Mumbai terror attacks as the 'Best Decision' of the year while the ECB's bedding of Allen Stanford was termed as the 'Worst Decision'.

''Yes, I know I said they shouldn't have done so. But you weren't there in India, and you're not as lily-livered as me.

''I am told the Stanford week in Antigua was delightful. It was well-organised, convivial and excellent fun. I'm sure it was. But so are lots of other boozy, festival-type cricket weeks, but England don't and shouldn't play in any of them. At any price,'' he added.


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