ICC Awards 2010

Tendulkar wins Cricketer of the Year award

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October 6, 2010

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Sachin Tendulkar with his ICC awards - Cricketer of the Year and the People's Choice
Sachin Tendulkar with his first ICC awards in Bangalore © Getty Images
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Sachin Tendulkar has won his first ICC award, the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy, by being named the Cricketer of the Year during the 2010 ICC Award ceremony in Bangalore. Tendulkar, however, lost out in the other major categories he was nominated in, with Virender Sehwag winning the Test Cricketer of the Year award and AB de Villiers claiming the ODI prize.

"This last season has been really special for the entire team," Tendulkar, who also received the People's Choice Award, said. "I think right from the start of the season, when we won in Sri Lanka and I scored a hundred in the finals, and from there on the season took off for us. We became No. 1 in the Test rankings, something we all wanted to achieve, and we've been able to maintain our performances in the last ten months."

Tendulkar said Gary Kirsten, the India coach, had played an important role in the success of all the batsmen. "He has been instrumental in making all the batters play plenty of deliveries in practice sessions, he himself throws thousands of deliveries," Tendulkar said. "Gary has been able to keep us in the right frame of mind, whatever areas we needed to work on, he is making sure we are addressing that."

Tendulkar fought off competition from Sehwag, Hashim Amla and Graeme Swann, the other nominees in the Cricketer of the Year category. Previous winners of the Cricketer of the Year award include Rahul Dravid, Andrew Flintoff, Jacques Kallis, Ricky Ponting, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Mitchell Johnson.

During the period under consideration for the award - August 24, 2009 to August 10, 2010 - Tendulkar scored 1064 runs at an average of 81.84 in ten Tests. He made 914 runs in 17 ODIs at 65.28, and also scored the format's first double-century against South Africa in Gwalior. Tendulkar is presently third on the ICC's rankings for Test batsmen, and tenth in ODIs.

MS Dhoni was named captain of the Test team of the year, which included Sehwag, Kumar Sangakkara, Swann, Tendulkar, Amla, Simon Katich, Dale Steyn, Jacques Kallis, James Anderson and Doug Bollinger.

Ricky Ponting was captain of the ODI team of the year, leading a side comprising Tendulkar, Shane Watson, Michael Hussey, de Villiers, Paul Collingwood, Dhoni, Daniel Vettori, Stuart Broad, Bollinger and Ryan Harris.

Brendon McCullum, the New Zealand batsman, won the award for the best Twenty20 Performance of the Year for his 116 not out against Australia in Christchurch in February. McCullum edged out Hussey, Mahela Jayawardene and Ryan McLaren, the others nominated for the Twenty20 award.

Netherlands allrounder Ryan ten Doeschate won the Associate Player of the Year award. ten Doeschate's performances during the English domestic season has made him a sought-after player in international Twenty20 competitions. He has been signed by Tasmania for the Big Bash and by Canterbury for New Zealand's domestic tournament.

Steven Finn, the England fast bowler, won the award for Emerging Player of the Year. Finn, 21, made his Test debut against Bangladesh in March and has since taken 32 wickets in eight matches.

New Zealand won the ICC Spirit of Cricket Award for the second time in row and the third time overall. Aleem Dar, the Pakistani umpire, also won the Umpire of the Year Award for the second time in a row.

Rachel Heyhoe-Flint, the former England women's captain, was the first woman cricketer inducted into the ICC's Hall of Fame, while Shelley Nitschke, the Australian allrounder, was the Woman Cricketer of the Year.

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Posted by   on (October 13, 2010, 11:29 GMT)

this man is great in terms of performance,individual,means he never indulge in any type of controvercy........we salute you legend of cricket Mr. SACHIN INDIAN'S PROUD TENDULKAR,.....................You are greatest ever performer.......

Posted by Lion_of_Lanka on (October 11, 2010, 9:27 GMT)

@nav84: Hahaha Listen to the 'fool' who claims sanga is a cry baby. Correct me if I'm wrong but isnt it dhoni who always make excuses when he loses. pitch, umpiring, Lights etc. It's really funny to see an Indian dissing others when 90% of the players in the team can't even play the bouncer properly. Let's talk about bowlers shall we? We've got Murali (greatest ever), Malinga, Mendis, Perera (Indians certainly made him popular), Kulasekera (former no.1 ODI bowler) who has India got? Let me see, Sreeshanth who for some reason thinks cricket is a circus, overrated sharma, Bhajji who bowls till his arm breaks to get a wicket, Zaheer who performs well in 1 out of 10 matches. What a line up. Oh yeah, it's good to see india winning because if not people like you will be the first to stone houses and burn their effigies. Great to see you learning from Dhoni and giving stupid excuses "don't wanna get to the level of a fool" Please! Than why did you argue in the 1s place?

Posted by nav84 on (October 11, 2010, 6:36 GMT)

@nfer : owned! come back to earth plz..in tests we defeted u in india, drew wid u in sl, defeated u in bilateral odi series in india n sl, out o three tri nation series held in sl in last 2 yrs, won two out dem beatin u in finals twice..guess its pretty clear hu owns whom..as o sanga, bliv me in india he's nothin more dan a cry baby cryin abt pitches, umpires, rankings etc etc..bt guess its just nt him, its wid al u guys..n for jaya, hw many o dose runs hv come on dead sl pitches, more so on deadiest ever colombo pitch..newyas i rest my case over here for three reasons..1) all d cricket pundits knw whr india stands n whr sl, n also whr sach, dravid stand n whr sanga n mahela, so u cn continue to live in a fool's paradise 2) sach just completed 49th ton so do nt wanna spoil d moment by tlkn abt sum colombo pitch stars 3) i bliv "nvr argue wid a fool, he frst brings u dwn to his level n den wins d arguement", so beofre i get to ur low lvl, adios. u cn hv d last ignorant laugh..

Posted by ebbie-qld on (October 10, 2010, 22:58 GMT)

Blue Android, I think the robot has had a malfunction. As I stated early Bradman stats out weigh anyone. Avearge 99.94 , played on uncovered pitches of generally poor quality, no protective equipment , missed out 8 years of cricket (WW2), played into his 40's. Bradman ain't no God, he's just the greatest Batsman.

Posted by Lion_of_Lanka on (October 10, 2010, 11:18 GMT)

@nav84: I'm referring to the incident that happened last year when SL toured India. As for Indians not wanting Sanga & Mahela, check Sanga's stats & records. Since Indian's are so fond of ICC rankings, Sanga is number 1 test player in the world and that means currently he is the best test player in the world. Mahela is ranked 4th. Tendulkar and Dravid are 2nd and 3rd but Laxman is 8th. Oh and Mahela's test averages against SA - 70, India - 67, Eng - 65, Aus - 32, Ban - 66, Nz - 51, WI 44. I know it hurts to admit that a country that is 10x smaller than yours is much better but please don't make up stats just to argue. Ouch! Mate this can go on and on so it would be more sensible if you resort to watching cricket and praying your cricket 'gods' instead of making up stats just to get owned. As for making batsman out of our tailenders, too bad Indian team gets owned by a bunch of tailenders. Ouch Again!

Posted by Lion_of_Lanka on (October 10, 2010, 10:39 GMT)

@nav84: I'm referring to the incident that happened last year when SL toured India. As for Indians not wanting Sanga & Mahela, check Sanga's stats & records. Since Indian's are so fond of ICC rankings, Sanga is number 1 test player in the world and that means currently he is the best test player in the world. Mahela is ranked 4th. Tendulkar and Dravid are 2nd and 3rd but Laxman is 8th. Oh and Mahela's test averages against SA - 70, India - 67, Eng - 65, Aus - 32, Ban - 66, Nz - 51, WI 44. I know it hurts to admit that a country that is 10x smaller than yours is much better but please don't make up stats just to argue. Ouch!

Posted by Hate.ME on (October 10, 2010, 5:43 GMT)

What a joke ! Steven Finn shouldn't have been awarded with 'Emerging player' award. He bowled to that batting line-up of Pakistan who don't even deserve to play for domestic teams let alone international, that too on JUICY PITCHES of England where even an ordinary bowler would look dangerous considering the bounce and swing it provides. Either Angelo Matthews or Umar Akmanl should have been given this award.

Posted by nav84 on (October 10, 2010, 3:03 GMT)

@nfer : lets nt tlk abt umpirin blunders..d incident u pointed out was in an odi n it was ajay jadeja hu was batting..i do rem dat, bt i also rem countless incidents wen sl umpires made" mistakes" in favour o SL wen evr india visited..as o udrs just cos bcci dint opt for it, does dat justify ur umpires mkin "mistakes" again n again...n abt indians wanting sanga n mahela in our team..keep on dreamin, we knw deir record overseas, mahela hs an avg o 34 in aus, 31 in sa, 27 in nz, 38 in bangla (ha ha), 42 in eng n pak, n abv 64 in sl, ind n zim..nt to mention he has 22 centuries out 28 in subcontinent n 19 in sl ..wadda record!!!! u cn chk sach, lax, dravid's record nywhr in d wrld. for dis reason no matter hw many runs/centuries ur players score, dey r nvr counted amongst d likes o sach, dravid, ponting, lara n kallis cos even d cricket experts knw abt deir abilities outside subcontinent. so instead o critizin dead indian pitches u shld thank us for makin batsmen out o ur tailenders.

Posted by pakwellwisher on (October 9, 2010, 14:06 GMT)

@nfer Well as for the only question remaining mate it wasnt me or any indian fan here who went on to stone the players houses it was just a handful of people so dont form a perception for every Indian fan on that basis nor do i think such an act can be justified, good to see ur giving credit where it is due and yes most Indian do adore sri lankan players like murali, sanath,malinga & co.

Posted by Lion_of_Lanka on (October 9, 2010, 13:28 GMT)

@paddymohansucks: First of all I took 2000-2010 period because this is 2010 and that period is the last decade. As for India kicking out SL in WCs - That has happened only once 1999 while SL has returned the favour in 2007, 2008, 2009. Yes, you are completely correct, every team has great players and also some major flaws - for example we would love to have someone like Sachin, Dravid, Sehwag, Dhoni in our team and I know Indians would love to have someone like Sanga, Murali, Malinga, Mahela in your team. As for Indians rooting for us - not surprised since we rooted for India in 2003 WC final and would love to have either India, Pakistan or bangladesh play us in the 2011 WC final, why? Simply because of the Asian brotherhood we share. Good luck against the Aussies and peace out

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