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India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni felt the International Cricket Council’s People’s Choice award will inspire him to go the extra distance.

Dhoni became the third player to bag the award after the recently-retired Sachin Tendulkar won it in 2010 and Sangakkara won the vote in 2011 and 2012.

Close to 188,000 cricket fans around the world voted for the award last month and Dhoni emerged the winner beating other nominees Australia’s Michael Clarke, England’s Alastair Cook, team-mate Virat Kohli and South Africa’s AB de Villiers.

Dhoni said: “This is one of the awards that has given me tremendous satisfaction, since it comes from the key stakeholders of the game – the fans.

“Recognition from the people who support and encourage us day in and day out, only inspires me to put in that much more, and go the extra mile for them. I would like to thank all those people who have voted in my favour,” he added.

Dhoni also figured in the Cricketer of the Year and One-Day Cricketer of the Year shortlist released by the ICC in Mumbai on Wednesday.

England’s James Anderson, South Africa’s Hashim Amla and Clarke will vie for both the cricketer of the year and the Test player of the year categories. The others nominated for the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for cricketer of the year were Cook and Sangakkara.

In the category of Test player of the year, the other nominees were South Africa’s Dale Steyn and the Indian duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Cheteshwar Pujara.

The short-list in 10 award categories was drawn up by an independent 32-person panel comprising former players and representatives from the media, match referees and umpires.

The awards are based solely on performances over a 12-month period that ended on August 25 and included the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, the Champions Trophy in England and the women’s World Cup in India.

Cricketers receiving the highest number of votes from the panel will be judged the winners and the results will be announced on a television show to be broadcast on December 14.

Dhoni was also named captain of the ICC’s one-day team of the year, while Cook was chosen to lead the Test team of the year.

Steyn, the South African pace spearhead, made the Test team for the sixth successive year and Dhoni was named in the one-day squad, also for the sixth year in a row.

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: “I’d like to congratulate all those selected for the ICC Test and ODI Teams of the year. Those selected can be justifiably proud of their achievements and are thoroughly deserving of the recognition they receive.”

The two teams were picked by a five-man panel headed by former India captain Anil Kumble and included Waqar Younis of Pakistan, England’s Alec Stewart, South African batting legend Graeme Pollock and New Zealand woman cricketer Catherine Campbell.

“It’s always tough to decide on the Test and ODI teams of the year, with so many worthy candidates,” Kumble said in an ICC statement.

“But when you have only 12 places to fill from a big group of world-class players, there will always be a few who will miss out. In the panel’s exp-ert opinion, it has selected the best Test and ODI teams based on performances over the past 12 months.”

All 12 members of the elite panel of umpires were nominated for the umpire of the year award that was won last year by Kumar Dharmasena of Sri Lanka. Former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardena and Farhad Reza of Bangladesh were the two nominees for the spirit of cricket award.

Jayawardene was chosen for not waiting for the umpire’s decision after edging a catch to the wicket-keeper when he was batting on 91 against New Zealand in a Test match in Galle in November 2012.

Reza was voted in for confirming he had touched the boundary ropes and signalling a six after catching Pakistan opener Nasir Jamshed during the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka in 2012.

CRICKETER OF THE YEAR - THE CONTENDERS

Alastair Cook (Eng)
Age: 28
Playing style: Left-hand batsman
Runs scored during the award period (Aug 7, 2012-Aug 25, 2013)
Tests: Matches 15, Runs 1,256, Average 44.85, Highest score 190, Centuries 5
One-dayers: Matches 21, Runs 643, Average 32.15, Highest score 78, Fifties 6
Overall record
Tests: Matches 98, Runs 7,879, Average 47.75, Highest score 294, Centuries 25
One-dayers: Matches 72, Runs 2,681, Average 38.85, Highest score 137, Centuries 5.

MS Dhoni (Ind)
Age: 32
Playing style: Right-hand batsman
Runs scored during the award period (Aug 7, 2012-Aug 25, 2013)
Tests: Matches 10, Runs 700, Average 58.33, Highest score 224, Centuries 1
One-dayers: Matches 15, Runs 450, Average 56.25, Highest score 113, Centuries 1
Overall record
Tests: Matches 79, Runs 4255, Average 39.39, Highest score 224, Centuries 6
One-dayers: Matches 235, Runs 7,690, Average 53.03, Highest score 183, Centuries 9.

Hashim Amla (SA)
Age: 30
Playing style: Right-hand batsman
Runs scored during the award period (Aug 7, 2012-Aug 25, 2013)
Tests: Matches 9, Runs 973, Average 69.50, Highest score 196, Centuries 4
One-dayers: Matches 19, Runs 794, Average 49.62, Highest score 150, Centuries 2
Overall record
Tests: Matches 71, Runs 5,913, Average 52.32, Highest score 311, Centuries 20
One-dayers: Matches 82, Runs 3,876, Average 53.09, Highest score 150, Centuries 11.

Michael Clarke (Aus)
Age:
32
Playing style: Right-hand batsman
Runs scored during the award period (Aug 7, 2012-Aug 25, 2013)
Tests: Matches 14, Runs 1,559, Average 70.86, Highest score 259, Centuries 5
One-dayers: Matches 10, Runs 307, Average 34.11, Highest score 75, Fifties 2
Overall record
Tests: Matches 98, Runs 7,770, Average 52.14, Highest score 329, Centuries 25
One-dayers: Matches 232, Runs 7,581, Average 45.12, Highest score 130, Centuries 8.

Kumar Sangakkara (SL)
Age: 36
Playing style: Left-hand batsman
Runs scored during the award period (Aug 7, 2012-Aug 25, 2013)
Tests: Matches 6, Runs 614, Average 61.40, Highest score 142, Centuries 3
One-dayers: Matches 21, Runs 956, Average 63.73, Highest score 169, Centuries 2
Overall record
Tests: Matches 117, Runs 10,486, Average 56.98, Highest score 287, Centuries 33
One-dayers: Matches 357, Runs 11,948, Average 40.22, Highest score 169, Centuries 16.

James Anderson (Eng)
Age: 31 years
Playing style: Right-arm fast medium
Wickets taken during the award period (Aug 7, 2012-Aug 25, 2013)
Tests: Matches 15, Wickets 58, Average 28.70, Best bowling 5-47, Five-wkt hauls 3
One-dayers: Matches 15, Wickets 29, Average 17.96, BB 5-34, Five-wicket hauls 1
Overall record
Tests: Matches 88, Wickets 331, Average 30.35, BB 7-43, Five-wkt hauls 15
One-dayers: Matches 174, Wickets 245, Average 29.11, Best bowling 5-23, Five-wkt hauls 10.

OTHER ICC NOMINEES

Test cricketer of the year
Cheteshwar Pujara (Ind), Hashim Amla (SA), James Anderson (Eng), Ravichandran Ashwin (Ind), Michael Clarke (Aus), Dale Steyn (SA)

One-day cricketer of the year
Saeed Ajmal (Pak), Shikhar Dhawan (Ind), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Ind), Misbah-ul Haq (Pak), Ravindra Jadeja (Ind), Kumar Sangakkara (SL)

Emerging cricketer of the year
Joe Root (Eng), Trent Boult (NZ), Cheteshwar Pujara (Ind), Mitchell Starc (Aus)

Associate and Affiliate cricketer of the year
Nawroz Mangal (Afg), Kevin O’Brien (Irl), Kyle Coetzer (Sco), Ed Joyce (Irl)

T20 International performance of the year
Umar Gul (2.2-0-6-5 v South Africa, March 2013); Martin Guptill (101 n.o. off 69 balls v South Africa, December 2012); Brendon McCullum (123 off 53 balls v Bangladesh, October 2012), Ajanth Mendis (4-2-8-6 v Zimbabwe, September 2012).

 

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