The year has been outstanding for Indian opener Gautam Gambhir. He won the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Test Player of the Year award in October.
In July, he held the number one Test ranking, though for only 10 days.
He scored two centuries in New Zealand that included a match saving 137 at Napier where he batted close to 11 hours.
Gambhir carried his form in the home Test series against Sri Lanka, hitting back-to-back tons at Ahmedabad and Kanpur.
Four centuries in successive Tests gave him a place in the elite circle as the third Indian batsmen after Sunil Gavaskar and Rahul Dravid to achieve the feat.
Sports Year-ender 2009