Philander, KP win awards
Cape Town - Kevin Pietersen's 186 against India in Mumbai has been voted the top Test batting performance of 2012 in the sixth annual Cricinfo awards.
According to the Cricinfo website
, Vernon Philander took the Test bowling award for his five-for against England at Lord's.
Philander's 5-30 was his fifth five-wicket haul in the first 10 Test matches of an extraordinarily prolific career.
Geoff Boycott, one of the judges, said: "It was the importance of the occasion that made his performance special. The No 1 and 2 teams were playing, he picked the top batsmen first up and grabbed the initiative. It put England on the back foot right away."
The one-day batting award went to Virat Kohli for his unbeaten 133 in India's chase of 320 against Sri Lanka in the CB Series. The innings was an 86-ball blitzkrieg that kept India alive in the CB Series when they achieved a target of 321 in under 37 overs.
The ODI bowling award was taken by Thisara Perera for his 6-44 against Pakistan in Pallekele, in which he took wickets with the first balls of three spells, leading Sri Lanka to a 76-run win.
The T20 winners were Marlon Samuels for his 78 in the World Twenty20 final against Sri Lanka, a match where 13 batsmen made single-digit scores; and Lasith Malinga's 5-31 against England earlier in the tournament.