Everyone knows how popular MS Dhoni is. The ICC People’s Choice Award for the year 2013 has only confirmed his fame.
The most successful Indian skipper beat the likes of Michael Clarke, Alastair Cook, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers to win the prestigious award. With this, he becomes the third cricketer to win it after Sachin Tendulkar, the first recipient in 2010, and Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara, who won in 2011 and 2012.
The BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel received the award on behalf of Dhoni, who is currently in South Africa. He was voted upon by close to 1,88,000 cricket fans around the world when the voting opened on November 2 and closed at midnight of November 23, an ICC statement said.
The short list was nominated by an elite panel of cricket experts, which is headed by ICC Cricket Committee chairman and former India captain Anil Kumble. Other members of the panel are England’s Alec Stewart, New Zealand’s Catherine Campbell, Pakistan’s Waqar Younis and South Africa’s Graeme Pollock.
Dhoni has also found a place in both ICC Test Team of the Year as well as the ODI side of the year but Indian cricket’s poster boy Virat Kohli, a consistent performer in the last one year, failed to make the ODI team.
David Richardson, ICC’s chief executive, said Kohli was unlucky to have missed out on in the ICC ODI Team of the Year. “Kohli is one of the players who should consider himself unlucky not to get selected, especially in the ODI team of the year. In these awards it’s more a case of who gets left out rather than who gets in,” Richardson said. “It will be very surprising if Kohli does not make the team next year,” he added.
The period for consideration of selection was August 7, 2012 to August 25, 2013. Kohli had scored 689 runs, including two tons, at an average of 40.52 during that period.
The other Indians in the squad are opener Shikhar Dhawan and Ravindra Jadeja. In the Test team, Dhoni has been named along with teammates Cheteshwar Pujara with off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin as the 12th man. Dhoni is also in the running for winning the ICC Cricketer of the Year along with five others (see box).
ICC Test Team of the Year
Alastair Cook (C), Cheteshwar Pujara, Hashim Amla, Michael Clarke, Michael Hussey, AB de Villiers, MS Dhoni (WK), Graeme Swann, Dale Steyn, James Anderson, Vernon Philander,
R Ashwin (12th man)
ICC ODI Team of the Year
Tillakaratne Dilshan, Shikhar Dhawan, Hashim Amla, Kumar Sangakkara, AB de Villiers, MS Dhoni (C & WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Saeed Ajmal, Mitchell Starc, James Anderson, Lasith Malinga, Mitchell McClenaghan (12th man)
List of nominations for the ICC awards
Cricketer of the year: Hashim Amla (RSA), James Anderson (ENG), Michael Clarke (AUS), Alastair Cook (ENG), MS Dhoni (IND), Kumar Sangakkara (SRI)
Test Cricketer of the Year: Hashim Amla (RSA), James Anderson (ENG), R Ashwin (IND), Michael Clarke (AUS), Cheteshwar Pujara (IND), Dale Steyn (RSA)
ODI Cricketer of the Year: Saeed Ajmal (PAK), Shikhar Dhawan (IND), MS Dhoni (IND), Misbah-ul-Haq (PAK), Ravindra Jadeja (IND), Kumar Sangakkara (SRI)
Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year: Suzie Bates (NZL), Charlotte Edwards (ENG), Meg Lanning (AUS), Dane van Niekerk (RSA), Anya Shrubsole (ENG), Stafanie Taylor (WIS)
Emerging Cricketer of the Year: Trent Boult (NZL), Cheteshwar Pujara (IND), Joe Root (ENG), Mitchell Starc (AUS)
Associate and Affiliate Cricketer of the Year: Kevin O’Brien (IRL), Kyle Coetzer (SCO), Ed Joyce (IRL), Nawroz Mangal (AFG)
T20I Performance of the Year: Umar Gul (PAK): Bowling figures of 2.2-0-6-5 vs South Africa on March 3, 2013; Martin Guptill (NZL): 101 not out off 69 balls vs South Africa on December 23, 2012; Brendon McCullum (NZL): 123 off 53 balls vs Bangladesh on October 1, 2012 Ajantha Mendis (SRI): Bowling figures of 4-2-8-6 vs Zimbabwe on September 18, 2012
Women’s T20 Cricketer of the Year: Suzie Bates (NZL), Shanel Daley (WIS), Deandra Dottin (WIS) Meg Lanning (AUS) Sarah Taylor (ENG) Stafanie Taylor (WIS)
Umpire of the Year: Aleem Dar (PAK), Steve Davis (AUS), Kumar Dharmasena (SRI), Marais Erasmus (RSA), Ian Gould (ENG), Tony Hill (NZL), Richard Illingworth (ENG), Richard Kettleborough (ENG), Nigel Llong (ENG), Bruce Oxenford (AUS), Paul Reiffel (AUS), Rodney Tucker (AUS)
Spirit of Cricket Award: Mahela Jayawardene (SRI), Farhad Reza (BAN)