So folks it's the time to decide what has been the greatest moment of the summer - I've nominated some of the greatest moments and given an other category because I've probably forgotten all of the best moments. I haven't put the rather unfortunate Hughes incident as it is a moment not to be celebrated but looked back upon with sadness and remorse
MS Dhoni gave a rather sudden shock to the cricketing world by announcing his test retirement and giving the captaincy to Virat Kohli for the very last test of the tour - why was it he retired? why is it so sudden? is it a better option for the team? is he a sore loser or is it actually his time? is it a great time to get a KFC Zinger™ or is it just me?
In seriousness though it was a major shock to the cricketing world when MSD announced retirement, and considering that there was so much media speculation pre-Clarke retirement, it makes it so much more shocking in hindsight.
De Villiers. The Windies. 31 balls. 100 runs. Probably accompanied by a stupidly long post by WindieWeathers giving a really passive aggressive congratulation laced with insults and excuses. This is just an iceberg's tip of ABDV's summer however it is one of the more well
Albidarneddocumented of the moments.He dismantled the actually not terribly awful bowling attack of the West Indies and did it with a particular ease that has not been seen again until Brendon McCullum's openings to a batting innings of New Zealand in the WC. ABDV generally could most likely earn a spot here but this is a standout moment.
Emotions ran for the first match of the Australian test summer. With Kohli as one of the best emerging captains of the summer (narrow superlative as he was practically the only at the time), India had to have a miracle to knock off the Aussies during the Phillip Hughes test - surely. They nearly had a miracle. With Erasmus having periods of never giving LBWs and cheeky Connor taking all of the KFC Zingers™, it was a time for the Indians to pull a massive upset... but with the unmoving index finger of Erasmus finally budging as the cunning Lyon managed to get a plumb LBW against Vijay on 99 and Indians getting fricked more than the Australians by lack of a DRS, 48 runs was the difference between the two teams. With TPC only having to begin his smashing of the Indians and both Dave Warner and Virat Kohli tonning up for both innings, plus Lyon giving it to the people who said he couldn't close an innings, it was a wonderful test match.
The rise of the cricket team of Southern Double Island Australia... uh, sorry, New Zealand, was truly an amazing spectacle. Stringing wins for both the bilaterals and absolutely smashing it as they led a defeatless WC campaign until it came to the big game and they fell one short, it was a great time for NZ cricket. Led by their very fearless and electrifying captain BB McCullum and never letting a defeat against Sri Lanka in bilaterals make them slow down, cheeky kiwis such as Living Legend Daniel Vettori and swingin' Southee and Boult lapped up both pressure and plaudits as they helped the team to one of their best summers since the turn of the milennium
The match that always was going to have a massive choke by one of the two semi finalists - but didn't. The match that always was going to be dominated by ABDV or one of the two Ts - but wasn't. It was a really amazing ODI with some really amazing performences - Morne Morkel, Brendon McCullum, Corey Anderson, ABDV, Faf, David Miller, Grant Elliott as well as the weather gave their very best performances to this game and they made it an ATGODI - one of the best I've seen. While all had to be said after the game about ridiculous choking and some rather illogical comments about the issue (and ftr the definition of choking is making your way in to a position where you're practically guaranteed to win then blowing it), McCullum and the Blackcaps were in the final for the first time and South Africa had to stay satisfied with a valiant loss.
Steven Peter Devereux Smith
162*, 52*, 133, 28, 192, 14, 117, 71. These here are what a man in form can do to the Indian test team. And after a sort of slow start to the WC he delivered at that too. Now captain of the testXI when Clarke is not at the right physical state with his hamstrings and touted as the captain for the ODI XI, it's enough to say this man is indeed the champion of the people. And that is all that I have needed to say there. It doesn't have to have edgy annotations to say that this man had an amazing summer.
So folks it is time to see the moment of the summer as voted by you!