Monday, September 12, 2011

World Champion India dominates the ICC ODI Team of Year

The squad of the ICC ODI Team of the Year was announced on Monday. This 11-man squad has been announced by the ICC at a special function ahead of the LG ICC Awards ceremony.

Four players from the World Champion team, India, have been selected in this squad. They are Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virender Sehwag, middle-order batsman Yuvraj Singh, pace spearhead Zaheer Khan.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni was awarded Man-of-the-Match prize for his performance against Sri Lanka in the final match of ICC World Cup 2011 while Yuvraj Singh was given Man-of-the-Series award in the cricket World Cup. It is interesting to see that Mahendra Singh Dhoni will lead the team.

India has the highest number of players in the world team. It seems that their performance in the ICC ODI World Cup 2011 helped them to include maximum number of players.

Apart from it both Sri Lanka and South Africa have two players each. Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara from Sri Lanka have been selected in the first eleven while Lasith Malinga has been selected as the 12th man.

South African players AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn will represent their country in the squad. Except them, one each from Australia, England and Pakistan has been selected. They are Shane Watson from Australia, Graeme Swann from England and Umar Gul from Pakistan.

India’s most experienced player, Sachin Tendulkar, has not been included in the squad and it might surprise the cricket fans. However, this squad looks strong and balanced both in batting and bowling line up.

This squad was chosen by a selection panel lead by Clive Lloyd, the West Indian batting legend and former captain. Other selectors are Zaheer Abbas from Pakistan, Mike Gatting from England, Danny Morrison from New Zealand and Paul Adams from South Africa.

ICC ODI Team of the Year: Virender Sehwag, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Shane Watson, Kumar Sangakkara, Yuvraj Singh, AB de Villiers, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Zaheer Khan, Dale Steyn, Umar Gul, Graeme Swann,

12th Man: Lasith Malinga.