The Five College Players of the Year for 2011 was recently announced by American College Cricket. The players were recognized for their on field and off the field efforts in American College Cricket this past year. Previous winners are not eligible to repeat.
The 5 American College Cricket Players of 2011 are :
Ricky Nayar of the University of Florida Gators, Naveen Thiagajaran of Auburn University Tigers, Khushroo Wadia of York University Lions, Hashim Khan of the George Mason University Patriots and Gavish Sharma of the University of Pennsylvania Quakers.
Gators' Ricky Nayar 's American College Cricket stats for 2011 were : BATTING : 6 matches, 284 runs, 3 NO, 94.67 average, 101* highest score. Bowling : 17 wickets, best of 5 wickets for 17 runs. He excelled as an all rounder, also wicket keeping at times.
His superlative batting made the difference many times between his team losing or winning, as they did the 2011 South East Championship.
For the first time ever a cricketer was nominated for Athlete of the Year at the University of Florida (& probably any American or Canadian university in over 100 years) - that cricketer was Ricky Nayar !
Auburn's Naveen Thiagajaran captained Auburn to the Semis of the American College Cricket Spring Break Championship, just months after winning the 2010 South East regionals.
Opening the batting in 6 innings in 2011 (at the South East regional & the American College Cricket Spring Break Championship) he made three fifties, 56*,59 & 50 .He also made 2 other good scores of 25 and 20 (when he featured in a partnership of 93 runs).
As Club President Naveen also played a major role in organizing the Tiger Cup at Auburn University, a tapeball tournament.
George Mason's Hashim Khan not only became an American citizen in 2011, he also captained the George Mason University cricket team to a national title, winning the Chanderpaul Trophy !
Working with American College Cricket President Lloyd Jodah over the past 3 years, Hashim took George Mason from having no cricket team, to winning the national Championship !
Also a top allrounder who opens the bowling he took 9 wickets, and scored an important 24 in the Finals, the only innings in which he batted.
York University's Khushroo Wadia has been the top batsman in American College Cricket, in 10 innings he has smashed 6 fifties, and had other good scores in the thirties, only failing once !
At the March 2011 Spring Break Championship he smashed 58, 28, 67 and 65 (tied with Adrian Gordon,NYU-Poly for most runs) for a total of 218, average 54.5 . Just about the same as 2010 ! His total in American College Cricket is 10 innings,1 not out, 489 runs, average 54.33 !
His American College Cricket performances contributed to him being selected to represent Canada. He now has 2 fifties for Canada ! Khushroo is massively built and one of the hardest hitters of the ball in cricket.
University of Pennsylvania first had a cricket team in 1842. In 2011 UPenn's Gavish Sharma was instrumental in 3 of the 4 victories that took the modern UPenn Cricket team to the Semis of the American College Cricket Spring Break Championship.
Against University of Iowa he took 4 wickets for 13 runs,and got a run out to bundle the Hawkeyes out for 79. Opener Sharma then helped chased the total down with a quickfire 17. Against Texas Tech Gavish took 4 for 20, and smashed 35.
Against Thunderbird Gavish batted throughout the innings for 50*, then took 2 wickets for 7 runs.
Additionally as a Wharton Grad student Gavish was the elder statesman and inspirational leader of the team of young players.