ICC Test Player of the Year 2021: R Ashwin to compete with Joe Root, Kylie Jamieson and Dimuth Karunaratne for award

Ravichandran Ashwin of India, Joe Root of England, Kylie Jamieson of New Zealand, and Dimuth Karunaratne of Sri Lanka have all been nominated for the ICC Men’s Test Player of the Year 2021 award. In 2021, R Ashwin, one of India’s greatest match-winners in the longest format, reasserted his status as one of the world’s best spinners. Apart from his ball-handling prowess, Ashwin also contributed greatly to the bat.

In eight matches, the Indian spinner took 52 wickets at an average of 16.23, while scoring 337 runs at 28.08 with one century. Joe Root, England’s Test captain, has been nominated for the award after scoring 1,708 runs in 15 matches with six hundred in 2021.

Joe Root’s incredible form in 2021 can be summarized in one simple statistic: he has become only the third player in Test cricket history to score over 1,700 runs in a calendar year. He is only ahead of Mohammad Yousuf and Sir Vivian Richards. Kyle Jamieson of New Zealand is the other nominee, with 27 wickets at 17.51 in five matches. Kyle Jamieson emerged as one of the most exciting fast bowling prospects in world cricket in 2021, another fantastic addition to the Kiwi pace battery.

Jamieson was the X-factor in New Zealand’s pace attack in a seminal year in which they won the inaugural ICC World Test Championship against India in the final, magnificently supplanting and often surpassing the achievements of Tim Southee, Trent Boult, and Neil Wagner. He was the star of the show at Southampton, taking seven wickets and scoring 21 runs in the first innings, earning him the Player of the Match title. The final nominee is Sri Lankan Test captain Dimuth Karunaratne, who scored 902 runs at 69.38 with four hundred in seven matches.

Another outstanding year for Karunaratne included a superb century against South Africa in Johannesburg, two hundred against Bangladesh in two matches in Pallekele, including a doubleton, and a brilliant century against the West Indies in Galle.