January 1, 2017

Top of the pops

ESPNcricinfo staff
The most-read pieces of content on the site in 2016

Hardik Pandya could not believe his luck when Bangladesh failed to get two runs off the last three balls against India in the World T20 - the tenth most followed match on this site last year © AFP



1. Rejuvenated Pakistan out to test India's bouncebackability (March 18)

2. Boisterous Bangladesh eye India heist (March 5)

3. Kohli, Gayle headline Wankhede big bash (March 30)

4. List of players released and retained by IPL teams ahead of the 2017 auction (December 19)

5. India-Bangladesh soap opera set for new season (February 23)

6. India, Pakistan meet in another one-off contest (February 26)

7. Rattled Bangladesh run into resurgent India (March 22)

8. Injury worries for Pakistan ahead of crucial NZ clash (March 21)

9. Knight Riders' experience v Daredevils' youth (April 9)

10. RCB, Sunrisers battle in quest for first-time IPL glory (May 28)

Wahab Riaz's spell to Shane Watson was one of the memorable passages of play in the last World Cup. Could Pakistan miss the next one? © Getty Images


1. Why Ramiz gets Bangladesh's goat (March 28)
By Jarrod Kimber

2. A World Cup without Pakistan? (September 8)
By Tim Wigmore

3. West Indies' triumph of imagination and spirit (April 4)
By Mark Nicholas

4. 'Everyone cried in the dressing room' (September 6)
By Mohammad Isam and Umar Farooq

5. Why Kohli is a better leader than Smith (December 11)
By Ian Chappell

6. Who will rain on Dhoni's parade? (March 3)
By Mark Nicholas

7. Ashwin v Herath v Yasir v Lyon (November 11)
By S Rajesh

8. How Rohit became a one-day monster (January 15)
By S Rajesh

9. Meet the Pandya brothers (April 8)
By Arun Venugopal

10. Kohli's and Rohit's divergent paths to batting glory (February 7)
By Ian Chappell

Alastair Cook went past 10,000 Test runs this year. One of our most-read blog posts asked if he has a chance to threaten Sachin Tendulkar's run-making records © Getty Images


1. Will Cook break all of Tendulkar's Test records? (October 24)
By Kartikeya Date

2. Where Kohli is better than Tendulkar (March 22)
By Pranay Sanklecha

3. The problem with the PSL (February 21)
By Danyal Rasool

4. What the Afridi-Nazir partnership reveals about memory and Pakistan (March 8)
By Hassan Cheema

5. The Ashwin, Jadeja, Yadav stat you must tell everyone (December 1)
By Andy Zaltzman

R Ashwin was the subject of the second most popular TCM story of 2016 © Associated Press

The Cricket Monthly

1. Practically magic (January 2016)

2. Chennai super king (December 2016)
By Karthik Krishnaswamy

3. The real Jadeja (February 2016)
By Sidharth Monga

4. Rahane sees the future (November 2016)
By Sidharth Monga

5. Inzi: a comedy (February 2016)
By Imran Yusuf

"Remind me, who's the most-viewed player of the year?" © Associated Press


1. Virat Kohli

2. Karun Nair

3. Jayant Yadav

4. Barinder Sran

5. Sachin Tendulkar

6. MS Dhoni

7. R Ashwin

8. Mohammad Nawaz

9. Rohit Sharma

10. Joe Root

All five India-England Tests were among ESPNcricinfo's ten most-viewed matches of the year © Associated Press


1. India v England, fifth Test, Chennai, December 16-20

2. India v England, second Test, Visakhapatnam, November 17-21

3. India v England, first Test, Rajkot, November 9-13

4. Australia v India, fourth ODI, Canberra, January 20

5. India v England, third Test, Mohali, November 26-29

6. India v England, fourth Test, Mumbai, December 8-12

7. India v West Indies, semi-final, World T20, Mumbai, March 31

8. Australia v India, first ODI, Perth, January 12

9. India v New Zealand, first Test, Kanpur, September 22-26

10. India v Bangladesh, World T20, Bangalore, March 23

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  • Sreejith on January 1, 2017, 17:59 GMT

    Dear Cricinfo,

    Forget about the most viewed. The best articles, IMHO are:

    1. Prem Panicker on Ravi Shasthri

    The only one which stroke through like a tracer bullet. There were so many other contenders -- Gul Muhammad's poetic blog on yesteryear cricket. In this portal, everything Andy Zaltzman wrote. Basically everything Sid Monga came up with had discipline. Period.

  • Unni on January 1, 2017, 11:32 GMT

    I am surprised there is no mention of the article on Anderson's jibe @ Kohli. That had plenty of comments

  • stuart2634847 on January 1, 2017, 9:24 GMT

    I'd be interested to know the stats around nationalities of those who place comments, and percentage of flames per story.

  • 10dulkaRulezz on January 1, 2017, 1:09 GMT

    Look at that No.5 in the list of "most viewed player" of the year.. wow!! Retired 4 years ago and still be there in the list along with the other sensations this year, shows how people love/miss Him even now! Happy New Year!!

  • nachiketajoshi on January 1, 2017, 0:34 GMT

    6/10 matches most followed are of longer format. Then I realized that they are played over 5 day versus a day or a half day for the other four.

  • Siddharth on December 31, 2016, 21:54 GMT

    The only shame is that all 10 matches were India matches would have been nice to see some diversity. But credit due to India and its hardcore fanbase!!!

  • saadb10867137 on December 31, 2016, 21:32 GMT

    Good to see subcontinental cricket being in the limelight however given India's sheer population it is almost a given than any lists and charts referring to quantity of hits means India bags Number 1 place ( and 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 typically too).

    Perhaps a better measure would've been, if possible, to check the according to users NOT from either of the countries in contention with regards to a particular article i.e. the number of hits from users countries that are NOT to do with say New Zealand and Australia commenting/viewing an article on New Zealand and Australia.

  • Brijesh on December 31, 2016, 20:47 GMT

    While it was obvious that 'Ind-related' pieces that would have the lion's share of viewership, I did not expect results to be one-sided. Another significant fact is that 4/10 most viewed news articles are about IPL matches. The fact that they outranked other international games in terms of pure viewership numbers is a significant stat. In other words, IPL games, which tend to have divided attention within Ind still outnumbered other international games - does this mean we're ready for the transition into franchise based cricket in other forms (like Test cricket)?