David won. Goliath lost. Legends declined and fittingly it was the year of the debut bowler.
First Nathan Lyon of Australia, Doug Bracewell of New Zealand and Elias Sunny of Bangladesh all took five-wicket hauls on Test debut.
Then Vernon Philander of South Africa also did the same taking 8 wickets in his first match and 6 in his second with Australia. The man of the series even helped Australia crash to 21-9 and an eventual 47 all out.
He could only be countered by another debutant in the form of Aussie Pat Cummins whose debut five-wicket haul and winning boundary helped his team square the series.
Debutant R Ashwin also took a fiver on debut and belted a century to boot to become man of the series with his 22 wickets in the three Tests with the West Indies.
And who says Australia is a spent force in new talent? With the first Test with New Zealand, James Pattinson became the third Aussie to take a fiver on debut in the year, the seventh in all!
2011 was by and large a great year for new champions and new players.
Image: Indian cricket player Ravichandran Ashwin, center, celebrates with captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, right, his fifth wicket during the third day of the third test cricket match against West Indies in Mumbai, India, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011.