A la most American sports journalists, I was thinking about those
freshmen cricketers who made a splash in 1996. So lets check on the Rookie
of the year awards.
Qualifications: debut (test or 1-day) in latter half of 1995 or later.
Here are my nominees and favourites. Due to lack of research, I may have
missed out on some. Do correct me if so.
ROOKIE BAT OF THE YEAR:
Nominees: Nick Knight, Mohammed Wasim, Rahul Dravid
Surprisingly I couldn't think of too many. IMHO, a toss up between Wasim
and Dravid. But since MW didnt have a big run in 1996, I would give the
award to Dravid (home bias :) )
PS: Saurav Ganguly is not a rookie. This was his second coming
ROOKIE BOWLER OF THE YEAR:
Nomns: Saqlain Mushtaq, Paul Adams, Shaun Pollock, a few pakistani pacers
No question here: Saqlain it has to be.
ROOKIE ALLROUNDER OF THE YEAR:
Nomns: Shahid Afridi, Lance Klusener and ??
Lance Klusener because he had a good run in both tests and 1-days.
And Finally, the ROOKIE MVP award goes to Saqlain Mushtaq
Possibly the world's best off-spinner.