Mumbai, Oct. 10 -- This year has been sensational for cricket. Most aficionados I know aver it has been the best ever, and I agree. The fare we've seen over the past nine-10 months has been enthralling.

The nail-biting climax to the World Cup will remain etched in memory forever, and the Ashes had more twists, turns, and suspense than a Hitchcock classic.

The start of the World Test Championship has given context and meaning to how individuals and teams perform.

Several cricketers have played with such profound intensity, panache, skill, and resourcefulness that new benchmarks have been established. Ben Stokes and Steve Smith top the group for now, and from India, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Mayank Agarwal.

Sadly, this exciting p...