ICC Awards 2011 September 12, 2011

Dhoni leads ODI team of the year

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Four members of India's World Cup-winning squad have been named in the ICC's ODI team of the year. India's captain MS Dhoni was named captain became the only player to have made it for the fourth successive year. Yuvraj Singh, player of the tournament in the World Cup, Zaheer Khan, its leading wicket-taker, and Virender Sehwag are also in the team.

The ICC also picked three Sri Lankans in the XI, including the World Cup's highest run-scorer Tillakaratne Dilshan, former captain Kumar Sangakkara and fast bowler Lasith Malinga (12th man).

The others in the line-up were South Africa's new ODI captain AB de Villiers, fast bowlers Dale Steyn and Umar Gul, Australia's allrounder Shane Watson and England spinner Graeme Swann.

The notable absentees included South African opener Hashim Amla and Indian opener Gautam Gambhir, both of whom were among the four nominees for ICC's ODI player of the year.

"A lot of players were in contention and the cut off date was August 3. It was a tough selection but I am happy with this squad," Clive Lloyd, the head of the selection panel, said.

When Mark Nicholas, the MC for the event, expressed mild surprise at the team not being "jam-packed" by Indians considering they won the World Cup, Lloyd said the job was to find the right people to fit into various positions.

"There were a lot of people on the selection panel. Sachin Tendulkar is well and truly what you call a batting god. And it is very difficult to leave him out but when you look at the some of the players (picked ahead of him) they have done reasonably well. They had done better than him."

Lloyd also elaborated on why MS Dhoni was chosen as the captain. "He is a very studious guy, don't forget that. He doesn't have a lot to work with, he moves around his side a lot, and is a good thinker."

The team was selected based on performances between August 11, 2010 and August 3, 2011. The jury, headed by Clive Lloyd, also included South Africa's Paul Adams, England's Mike Gatting, New Zealand's Danny Morrison and Pakistan's Zaheer Abbas.

ODI team of the year: MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Virender Sehwag, Kumar Sangakkara, AB de Villiers, Shane Watson, Yuvraj Singh, Graeme Swann, Umar Gul, Dale Steyn, Zaheer Khan, 12th Man - Lasith Malinga

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  • on September 13, 2011, 22:56 GMT

    Where is the Test team? Or am I just stupid?

  • JAWNSIN on September 13, 2011, 18:55 GMT

    Dhoni leads Asian ODI team of the year....................

  • Imran_Gondal on September 13, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    This selection contains three jokes: (i) Sehwag in place of Hashim Amla (ii) Swann occupying Afridi's place (iii) Malinga 12th Man..... behind Steyn, Gul and Zaheer I can't understand the logic behind above mentioned three jokes.... Anyways good-luck to cricket.

  • on September 13, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    where is amla and vettori ?

  • asithaSL on September 13, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    Ya.. itz a gr8 joke..! Malinga is d best 4 any odi ot t20... he must be i squrd.

  • sachin_vvsfan on September 13, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    lasith as 12th man and swann as regular bowler?

  • Pathiyal on September 13, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    funny to see lasith given 12th man. thought he deserved more.

  • on September 13, 2011, 5:01 GMT

    How About a team of all rounders for the same period : Hafeez, Dilshan, Watson, Shakib, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Afridi, Swann, Mills, Johnson, Malinga. 12th man Matthews

  • TamilIndian on September 13, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    what is the use of selecting such a team unless you play atleast one game like the all stars? - I dont get it...

  • chandau on September 13, 2011, 4:29 GMT

    Hmm there is always the panel's Xi and each person's XI :) But some selections in both Test & ODI teams seem to be questioned universally. Malinga is a MUST for any ODI or T20 team. Of the present lot he does what Shohaib, Tait, Lee and Waquar Wasim Ambrose Donald did in the past; strike fear in the mind and create panick in the opponents dressing room. The point is if there are batters like Sachin Kallis Gayle who can single handedly win a match then Malinga can do it by himself with the ball. Shewag is in the team due to reputation more than performance. Zaheer is in for variety 'coz not many high performing leftys around these days. Swann also scrapes in 'coz there is no MURALI anymore and the world's spin stock is near empty (no spinner did well at the WC in the subcontinent!!) In batting order: Dilshan, Watson, Amla, Sanga, AB, Dhoni(C+WK), Afridi, Swann, Steyn, Gul, Malinga. (Youvraj) Bowling: Steyn, Malinga, Watson, Gul / Afridi, Swann, Dilshan

  • on September 13, 2011, 22:56 GMT

    Where is the Test team? Or am I just stupid?

  • JAWNSIN on September 13, 2011, 18:55 GMT

    Dhoni leads Asian ODI team of the year....................

  • Imran_Gondal on September 13, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    This selection contains three jokes: (i) Sehwag in place of Hashim Amla (ii) Swann occupying Afridi's place (iii) Malinga 12th Man..... behind Steyn, Gul and Zaheer I can't understand the logic behind above mentioned three jokes.... Anyways good-luck to cricket.

  • on September 13, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    where is amla and vettori ?

  • asithaSL on September 13, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    Ya.. itz a gr8 joke..! Malinga is d best 4 any odi ot t20... he must be i squrd.

  • sachin_vvsfan on September 13, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    lasith as 12th man and swann as regular bowler?

  • Pathiyal on September 13, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    funny to see lasith given 12th man. thought he deserved more.

  • on September 13, 2011, 5:01 GMT

    How About a team of all rounders for the same period : Hafeez, Dilshan, Watson, Shakib, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Afridi, Swann, Mills, Johnson, Malinga. 12th man Matthews

  • TamilIndian on September 13, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    what is the use of selecting such a team unless you play atleast one game like the all stars? - I dont get it...

  • chandau on September 13, 2011, 4:29 GMT

    Hmm there is always the panel's Xi and each person's XI :) But some selections in both Test & ODI teams seem to be questioned universally. Malinga is a MUST for any ODI or T20 team. Of the present lot he does what Shohaib, Tait, Lee and Waquar Wasim Ambrose Donald did in the past; strike fear in the mind and create panick in the opponents dressing room. The point is if there are batters like Sachin Kallis Gayle who can single handedly win a match then Malinga can do it by himself with the ball. Shewag is in the team due to reputation more than performance. Zaheer is in for variety 'coz not many high performing leftys around these days. Swann also scrapes in 'coz there is no MURALI anymore and the world's spin stock is near empty (no spinner did well at the WC in the subcontinent!!) In batting order: Dilshan, Watson, Amla, Sanga, AB, Dhoni(C+WK), Afridi, Swann, Steyn, Gul, Malinga. (Youvraj) Bowling: Steyn, Malinga, Watson, Gul / Afridi, Swann, Dilshan

  • on September 13, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    Sehwag, Zaheer and Yuvraj are not justified

  • kriskini on September 13, 2011, 3:08 GMT

    The picture in this article is after India's world cup win. Dhoni hitting winning 6. Youvraj is emotional and look how coolly Dhoni is smiling at him. That is why I like this man. Forget the crushing defeat in tests against England.

  • on September 13, 2011, 3:00 GMT

    i m nt schoked sachin just played 13 odi out of last 58 odi..right selection with right leader...

  • on September 13, 2011, 2:44 GMT

    what???? Malinga's the 12th man? You gta be kidding me!!!! :0

  • on September 13, 2011, 2:02 GMT

    what a joke ? leading wicket taker who took 39 wicket in this period select as the 12th man ?

  • Shahnawajhossain on September 13, 2011, 1:53 GMT

    what about Amla? Is he not deserved to a place ahead of Sehwag? what a joke to him.....

  • iphone1 on September 13, 2011, 1:34 GMT

    What is this bussiness of second dtring team the best team. If for eg the second string team names featured in the main 11, there is still going to be a group of players who are going to challenge them. Like when England became no.1 in tests recently,elsewhere Alan Donald accepted the job as bowling coach for SA. In his opening statement he said " England being no.1 means they are there to be toppled '. Someone would take this as a positive comment whereas I thought what's he saying???!!!. So the job of the jury is to pick the best 11 and I think they have done it admirably.

  • bMike on September 13, 2011, 0:44 GMT

    Definitely Hasim Amla (current ODI no 1 batsman) deserves a place . Steyn is a good choice. Then who is the most destructive bowler in that year? Who is the bowler most batsmen are afraid of? Umar Gul or Zaheer Khan or Malinga? Why Mumbai Indians retained Malinga ahead of Zaheer for IPL? It's clear average & strike rate are not the only facts considered for selecting batsmen. Then how come it's different for bowling?It's a joke that Umar Gul & Zaheer Khan are in first XI while Malinga is out. Definitely Malinga should be in playing 11. Otherwise we've to think that the selection panel would expect one of Umar Gul / Zaheer Khan to be injured.

  • johnathonjosephs on September 13, 2011, 0:21 GMT

    @taslim afi both ray price and shakib al hasan topped the charts due to bangla playing a lot of games against zimbabwe. Shakib is nowhere near the class of Kallis and in ODI's, Yuvraj beats him by a lot.

  • johnathonjosephs on September 13, 2011, 0:19 GMT

    Ouch, they made a good Test Team but this ODI team is half a joke. Highest wickettakers who took 2 hat tricks this year is the 12th man? Sachin Tendulkar (key to India's win) is missing? Sehwag is on the team after only making one century (and that against Bangladesh??) in the WC? Seems like Sehwag is opener for all formats even though his performance is sub par... he made 350 runs this year, half of those runs came in one match (175) against Bangladesh. That means the remaining 175 runs came from 7 matches at ave of 25 and he is the opener???? Some serious questions need to be raised here.... What the team should be (no bias)

    Watson, Dilshan, Tendulkar, Sangakkara, AB De Villiers, Yuvraj, Dhoni (c & w), Swann (edges out Afridi by a whisker), Malinga, Zaheer, Steyn 12th man - Brett Lee

  • on September 13, 2011, 0:16 GMT

    This is really funny! No Sachin in ODI team and no R Dravid in Test team. And they feature Sachin in Test! What an irony.

  • IrfanRocks on September 12, 2011, 23:28 GMT

    My XL's Team would be: 1) Hashim Amla 2) Virender Sehwag 3) Shane Watson 4) Gautam Gambhir 5) Yuvraj Singh 6) Kumar Sangakkara (C/WK) 7) Eoin Morgan 8) Graeme Swann 9) Lasith Malinga 10) Zaheer Khan 11) Umar Gul and 12th) Brett Lee.

  • on September 12, 2011, 22:33 GMT

    Afridi deserved a spot no doubt

  • on September 12, 2011, 21:42 GMT

    no Shahid Afridi is okk, but no Sachin Tendulkar !! Seriously Mr.Clive Lloyd ??

  • on September 12, 2011, 21:40 GMT

    I understand this type activities are to boost player's morale...and hence sachin is been out of the squad...I really appreciate the selections except the comment about Sachin's performance and his comparison with other selected guys...may be they should compare all of them on same level if at they want to make such comment..I know Sachin is always looked by different perspective....but still there should be one more slot..not "Life time member of the squad (both test and ODi)" rater...........SACHIN OF THE SQUAD..........I wont mind who ever they select it for.......

  • on September 12, 2011, 21:25 GMT

    @ Dhanushka. They are expecting that either Zaheer or Gul will get injured.Lolz

  • BigINDFan on September 12, 2011, 21:07 GMT

    Did Lloyd and co. specify where this team will play? Well it doesn't matter if couple of changes are made - Afridi should replace Swann and Malinga come in with Steyn becoming the 12th man. So the team will have 3 all-rounders (Watson, Afridi and Yuvraj), 3 hitters (Sehwag, Dilshan and ABD), 3 captains (MSD, Sanga and Afridi) and 3 pacers (Malinga, Gul and Zak). For a long series there will be Zak and Malinga getting injured giving Steyn plenty of chances and when MSD has brain freeze Sanga and Afridi can help :-) If Sehwag or Dilshan fails then can bowl off-spin. Plus the idea here is pick players from the 2 finalists and the best semi-finalist. Watson should be in any team since he is pure class. Not a bad choice after all. Tendulkar not being there means there will be very little revenue for ICC. But he can head the opposing team to this team and open with Gambhir. Misbah, Amla, Trott, Ajmal etc can be in that team and they will win the game :-) Always pick the best and second best!

  • IrfanRocks on September 12, 2011, 21:02 GMT

    My XL's Team would be: 1) Hashim Amla 2) Virender Sehwag 3) Shane Watson 4) Gautam Gambhir 5) Yuvraj Singh 6) Kumar Sangakkara (C/WK) 7) Eoin Morgan 8) Graeme Swann 9) Lasith Malinga 10) Zaheer Khan 11) Umar Gul and 12th) Brett Lee.

  • on September 12, 2011, 20:50 GMT

    whats DHONI's performance over a year except in final of the WC???

  • on September 12, 2011, 20:41 GMT

    Shakib was on top of ICC ranking (Best Allrounder) for two years... The team was selected based on performances between August 11, 2010 and August 3, 2011. So he should've been in. Anyway still nice team, but Malinga shoud've been in best eleven. There are better player than AB de Villiers, Graeme Swann, Dale Steyn, & Zaheer Khan in ODI. Amla & Chris Gale is missing big time.

  • Roamer on September 12, 2011, 19:52 GMT

    Pit this team against Sachin, Amla, Kallis, Sangakara (capt.+wk), Hussey,Morgan, Mathews, Afridi, Lee, Malinga, Ajmal. ..... there was no other keeper alternative available for the second team so I had to choose Sangakara as he is best option available if Dhoni is hte keeper of hte ODI team. I bet this team can beat the team chosen by ICC very easily.

  • on September 12, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    Afridi should have been there instead of Swann, he has been much more consistent in terms of taking wickets

  • on September 12, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    this is a joke.. Malinga 12th man? but you have Umar Gul and Zaheer Khan?

  • on September 12, 2011, 19:26 GMT

    Pakistani Players overlooked??!! THE PERFORMANCES WERE NOT TREMENDOUS??!! Why are FOUR INDIANS in the team?? ICC ko Salam

  • on September 12, 2011, 19:10 GMT

    There are four wicket-keepers in this squad! Yuvraj still has no concrete batting slot because of the inclusion Watson. And Swann is the only genuine spinner. Yuvraj is good with his left-arm spin though. I will play Malinga in the XI because he will wash away the tail. Make Zaheer and Steyn swing the new ball.

  • Sharjil.k on September 12, 2011, 19:06 GMT

    I like it that Pakistans players esp. Afridi has been overlooked, it'll light a fire underneath them. They always come back stronger. Watch out Sri Lanka and England.

  • GP23 on September 12, 2011, 19:06 GMT

    lasith malinga is any day a better weapon to have in your playing 11 than Zaheer Khan,, battin lineup: Sangakara, sehwag, watson, dilshan, ab d, yuvraj, MSD, Swann, Steyn, Umar Gul, Malinga. Zaheer 12th man

  • India_On on September 12, 2011, 18:51 GMT

    I am a fan of Indian Team but somehow this award looks glamorous, commercialized and all a huge set-up by the great BCCI. They have grown bigger than ICC.

  • NairUSA on September 12, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    Nice. Many of the 'performers' in this side are not not performing well these days, especialy during the england india series. Also, Malinga would have been an obvious selection in the eleven.

  • amjadusman on September 12, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    WHY THERE IS SHEWAG THERE SHOULD BE AMLA ,SAEED AJMAL IS BETTER BOWLER THEN SWAN,AND ALSO THERE IS NO MISBHAULHAQ WHO HAD THE BEST AVE IN 2011 60.41 CHECK OUT HERE http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/batting/most_runs_career.html?class=2;id=2011;type=year MALINGA THE LEADING WICKET TAKER IN 2011 WITH 41 WICKETS HE IS 12TH MAN WHAT A JOKE,WHY THEY HAVE PICKED DALE STYNE YOU ALREADY HAVE TWO FAST BOWLAES ONE MEDIUM AND TWO SPINERS IF YOU WANT THIRD PACER PICK MALINGA IF I HAVE TO PICK THE TEAM MY TEAM SHOULD BE THIS WITH REASONS 1.SHANE WATSON HIGHEST RUNS SCORER IN 2011 2.AMLA A GREAT BATSMEN 3.TROTT SECOND HIGHEST RUNS SCORER IN 2011 4.MISBHA-UL-HAQ HIGHEST AVE IN 2011 5.YUVRAJ SINGH A GOOD ALL ROUNDER 6.AB DE VILLIERS 7 MS DHONI A GOOD CAPTION 8.UMAR GUL GOOD BOWLER 9.Z KHAN 30 WICKETS IN JUST 14 MATCHES IN 2011 10.MALINGA LEADING WICKET TAKER IN 2011 11.SEED AJMAL BEST SPINER IN THE WORLD AT THIS TIME

  • on September 12, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    we cant make any team without the great sachin tendulkar.......even we cant think about this in our dreams man......this team is totally not at all acceptable.

  • on September 12, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    I would drop Dilshan and Gul and Bring in Hafeez to open with Sehawg and Ajmal to replace Gul.

    Zaheer and Steyn opening the bowling with Watson pace backup. Ajmal and Swann spin options....VERY scary.

    Also Hafeez has been arguably the best batsman in the world over the past 12 months so he should definitely open with Sehawg...

  • on September 12, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    i think they should add kamran akmal in the side; he can make any team win ^.^

  • K.A.K on September 12, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    Come on Clive Loyd!. There are better things to do then to pick a virtual ODI team of the year. ICC should leave this kind of entertainment activities to cricinfo and other organizations. ICC should focus on resolving some real issues including promotion of cricket in the associates, UDRS, the cricket economy, next elections, discipline, Ijaz Butt, impact of weather and rains on test cricket, etc.

  • wnwn on September 12, 2011, 18:34 GMT

    Umar Gul has been the most inconsistent player of the year and should be nowhere near this team.

  • on September 12, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    no ajmal???? 4th ranked ODI bowler by the ICC, and hes not there???

  • fahad_XpErT.18 on September 12, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    another biased ICC announcements I m not an Afridi Freak fan but during last one year stats bound us that he should have been in the team

  • on September 12, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    No spinner !! Just Swann !!

  • TheScot on September 12, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    My team: 1. Sachin, 2. Sehwag, 3. Amla, 4. Kallis, 5. AB, 6. Yuvraj, 7. Dhoni (wk, c), 8. Johnson, 9. Swann, 10. Zaheer, 11. Steyn

  • on September 12, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    good pick.... Sachin would have been there.....

  • on September 12, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    Greame Swann over Afridi is just so unfair, I love Swann, he is a great test bowler, but in limited overs cricket Afridi is way better and Malinga as 12th man??? I am sure these people dont watch a lot of cricket they were just presented with stats and they picked the names they liked, and even stats wise Afridi is most superior compared to any spinner in world cricket.

  • TheScot on September 12, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    No Sachin. No ODI. No Team.

  • on September 12, 2011, 18:12 GMT

    Where is Gayle? Is he going to be na,ed in the T20 X1?

  • StatisticsRocks on September 12, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    Where is DRAVID? The best Indian player . :-)

  • on September 12, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    amla in place of sehwag, malinga in place of gul...and afridi is so overrated

  • sep.ashish on September 12, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    As per the stats and fitting orders in my opinion it should be:

    Shane Watson, Gautam Gambhir, Hashim Amla, Michael Clarke, AB de Villiers, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Graeme Swann, Dale Steyn, Zaheer Khan, Lasith Malinga. 12th Man - Umar Gul....

  • 3rd_man on September 12, 2011, 17:59 GMT

    it seems like player quotas given according to the WC results. 4 Indians, winners, 3 Srilankans 2nd place then the rest. To balance the team they missed out players like Amla and Afridi. anyway I think Amla should be there instead of AB and Afridi should be there instead of Swann. they cannot miss out Dhoni because of WC winning captain. I know some of our Indian friends pissed off by his current performances be cool guys, MSD/G.K combination worked well for you guys. but I don't believe they consider performances in that period mentioned, like many of our friends pointed out, some of the selections here cannot justify to there selection criteria.

  • on September 12, 2011, 17:59 GMT

    why on earth is sehwag in the team!!!!! :@

  • on September 12, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    This is my pick!The best of the best 1. Sehwag, 2. Amla, 3. Mahela, 4. Sangakkara (Wk/Captain), 5. A.B., 6.Afridi, 7. johnson/watson (allrounders), 8. Swann/Ajmal, 9. Lee, 10. Malinga, 11. Steyn 12.Clarke/Zaheer

  • AmmarAshraf on September 12, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    I mean Hafeez should be in this Team

  • on September 12, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    This "ODI Team of the year" isn't made on the performances during the last 12 months' period but on something else, known only to ICC. By an honest judgement it should be Amla, Watson, Kallis, Mahila, AB de, Sangakara(C), Dhoni (WK), Afridi, Swann, Steyn, Malinga & Morgan (12th man).

  • on September 12, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    where is sachin? This is wierd :)

  • on September 12, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    what??? how can malinga be a 12th man....and who is replacing him......our own GOOD FOR NOTHING zaheer....ha ha ha....what a shame ICC....AND HOW DID AMLA MISS THE BUS?...DILSHAN???? R U NUTS??? AND THOSE WHO ARE CRYING FOR SACHIN,FYI HE HAS BEEN WARMING THE BENCHES FOR THE MOST PERIOD OF THE LAST YEAR EXCEPT WORLD CUP......!

  • on September 12, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    Touch and go between Yuvraj and Afridi as the spin bowling allrounder, since the pace bowling allrounder spot is Watson's for sure. Despite injuries, Yuvi aces this spot marginally because he took his performance all the way to winning, also - Afridi's contribution with the bat were inconsistent, and his primary skill as a captain would be upstaged by Dhoni's presence in the team. Equally - Sehwag (despite his first match heroics against Bangladesh, Tendulkar, Gayle, Kallis, Hussey, Trott, Jayawardene (including a fantastic innings in the finals) were pretty amazing through the year - but you can't argue with the quality of those IN the team. The only omission which rankles truely is Hashim Amla - the guy scores quickly, stylishly and scores big. Totally deserved a spot

  • on September 12, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    @Dilbar786 "The team that can't win ODI"? If you're pointing towards India's current performance in England, then let me remind you that this ODI team is not the same team that won India the world cup: This team consists of young players such as P. Patel, A Rahane (the openers - compared to sehwag and tendulkar in world cup); R. Dravid, R. Jadeja (the middle order batsmen - compared to all rounders Yuvraj singh & Yusuf pathan that played in world cup); and inexperienced bowlers such as RP Singh and Ashwin compared to Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan who played in the world cup! FYI - This Indian team is still good enough to beat Pakistan!

  • critic666 on September 12, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    I would assume that the team must be good in all conditions, not just subcontinent or elsewhere. I would have Afridi over Swann, SRT over Dilshan (he can only play in subcontinent) and Amla over Sangakkara, Malinga over Gul. Some people need to come out of their bias. Saying SRT as "fluke master blaster", Dhoni as a loser because his team is losing now without 5 of its WC members in England, asking for Bell/Trott in ODI team (?), etc. Zaheer is not the fast bowler of regular kind, but he is cunning and his performance is usually undervalued. 5 years ago if McGrath, Donald, Gillespie were all there, Zaheer even at his best would not qualify. Amongst the mediocre bowling resources across the world, he is surely on the top.

  • on September 12, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    afridi has been retired .. may b dats y they didnt select him nd i must say brett lee is much better than umar gul ,dnt knw wht made them prefered gul on lee !

  • rukii on September 12, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    some argue that gayle should included, he is a far better player in t20 rather than in ODI he average less than sachin,dislhan and amla.and it is same with Morgan I will drop shewag and dilshan both of them are bad against quality bowling line up. Swann is the best spinner in the current world but afridi , vetorri and murali were better spinners during that time.and i would drop both dhoni(just one very good inning in the wc final) and yuvi (only the world cup ) and gul. trott , mahela ,kallis and southee are better than them.shakib played really well so he secure place in My team. 1)amla 2)sachin 3)sanga9*+) 4)mahela 5)AB 6)watson/kallis 7)shakib 8) afridi 9)zaheer 10)malinga 11)southee 12)trott

  • on September 12, 2011, 17:17 GMT

    Kumar Sangakkara, (capt & wk), Hasim Amla, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Virender Sehwag, AB de Villiers, Shane Watson, Yuvraj Singh, Shahid Afridi, Dale Steyn, Zaheer Khan,Lasith Malinga. 12th Man - Michell Johnson.

    This is my pick - you can't ignore Shahid Afridi and Amla. They have done great job and hope you guys will be agree with me.

  • on September 12, 2011, 17:17 GMT

    my team would be:1.H.amla 2.S.watson 3.K.sangakarra 4.J.kallis 5.Y.singh 6.M.hussey 7.M.dhoni(c,wk) 8.G.swann 9.D.steyn 10.Z.khan 11.L.malinga and 12th man S.afridi..coach gary kirsten

  • Baltimoreboy777 on September 12, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    Joke created by ICC/BCCI, it's rubbish. My 2011 team would be: 1. Watson, 2. Amla, 3. Gambir, 4. Sangakkara (Captain), 5. A.B., 6. Dhoni (wk), 7. Afridi, 8. Swann, 9. Gul, 10. Malinga, 11. Steyn

  • agam99 on September 12, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    Malinga should have been there ahead of Gul. Regarding Zaheer Khan , ignorant r those who question his place there. He has taken 32 wickets in 16 games with a bowling average of 21.59. Are these questionable figures ?

  • bigdhonifan on September 12, 2011, 17:12 GMT

    MY ODI team of the year: Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Shane Watson, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Graeme Swann, Morne Morkel,Lasith Malinga, Zaheer Khan, 12th Man - Dale Steyn... 5 Indians,4 Saffer's, 1 each from England, Australia and SL... We can consider Afridi Instead of Swann, but no place for Umar gul..Morkel, Malinga and Zak is better ODI bowlers than Steyn (Steyn is a test bowler).. Swann is a better bowler and this team have best batting line up as Dhoni bats at 7 and even Swann and Morkel can swing the bat little !

  • Arsalanthechamp on September 12, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    surprise to not see most successful bowler of world cup and in 2011 SHAHID KHAN AFRIDI

  • on September 12, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    what a joke dhoni,sehwag,yuvraj,swan wt the hell they r doing here if sangakara is there then he is better wicket keeper then dhoni,amla not on the top hafeez done lot better then sehwag ,watson is doing a wonderful job on top he should b there zaheer is good bowler but there r few others who done better then him overall if u have 3 others team b,c and even d this team will not b favorite against these team so clive and company hats off to u all for this stupid selection

  • on September 12, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    Malinga as 12th Man ahead of Zaheer and Umar??? what a joke!!!! n where would Shane Watson going to fit in the batting line up? At number 7? hmmmmm......

  • on September 12, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    The team is still not balanced, it has three openers - Shewag, Dilshan and Watson. And also few more evidence are there to describe this as an unbalanced team....

  • Mohammad_Imran on September 12, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    This is absolutely ridiculous!! Sehwag, Swann and Zaheer Khan over Amla, Ajmal and Afridi!!! I think ICC has lost its mind, Sehwag had no descent performance over the period except one hundred against Bangladesh in WC & one against NZ, whereas Amla had 5 centuries & 6 half centuries in the same period! Plus, there is no comparison in class of Ajmal with Swann... And, excluding Afridi, the leading wicket taker in the World Cup (with ER of 3.6)!

  • Sakthiivel on September 12, 2011, 16:45 GMT

    @Asanka Dilruk Namal : Sanga Not even captain of Srilanka, Then how can he can lead a team..

  • on September 12, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    where iz afiridi and ajmal...?????

  • on September 12, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    I dont know how some of these players accept their place in this XI, players should give chance to back away from this team. this is a joke. Actually joke started with the panel. i cant understand Mr. Adams qualification to sat with those great names. may be South Africans don t have some one more experienced than Mr. Adams. If not ICC should give that place to some other country. Anyway, if ICC continue to do these kind of jokes, those great names will be jokes in future.

  • Ahwarraich on September 12, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    For all the people who are complaining that there is no Shahid Afridi in the team, well i want to remind them that he has retired from international cricket and this team only consists of current players, it does not include former players

  • on September 12, 2011, 16:34 GMT

    ICC ODI team : JOKE of d year. . Where's Hashim Amla ?? Shahid Afridi shud v been dere instead of Swann considering afridi's bowling in WC nd man, Don't degrade Lasith Malinga...u either keep him in or out, definitely not as 12th man.....

  • Manee94 on September 12, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    I think people are being a bit too critical of the lack of pakistanis in the team. There has to be a balance to the side. I guess it is a toss off between ajmal and swann...2 great spinners, and I feel they went with swann due to the lack of english in the team. The inclusion of Dohni i feel is entirely because india won the wc...and Kumar shouldn't be in it...I feel Mike Hussey and Hashim Amla (who was immense last year in ODIs) should be in instead. Yuvie had a great wc, hence why i guess he is in the team, and the bowlers I am happy with. 1.Sehwag 2.Watto 3.Amla 4.Dilshan 5.AB 6.Yuvie 7.Hussey 8.Swann 9.Umar Gul 10.Steyn 11.Zaheer Kahn

    12.Malinga

  • on September 12, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    ODI team of the year: MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Virender Sehwag, Kumar Sangakkara, AB de Villiers, Shane Watson, shahid afridi, saeed ajmal, Umar Gul, Dale Steyn, Zaheer Khan, 12th Man - Lasith Malinga

  • on September 12, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    tz a joke wth malinga n d 12th spot....hez da 1st choice shud select 4 da odi team....

  • on September 12, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    totally agree wid dis team...world team had a place fr d world champs....gud 1 icc..throw out umar gul...for brett lee or johnson..!!

  • on September 12, 2011, 16:25 GMT

    i think Saeed Ajmal is much better bowler than Graeme Sawann in ODI. He is now top spinner in the world . He has so much variety.

  • on September 12, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    NO THIS NOT A GOOD SELECTION WHY SACHIN IS NOT THERE IN THE TEAM...WITH OUT MASTER BLASTER THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE...

  • aseemsharma on September 12, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    What is DHONI doing here when SANGA is in there?Waste of a position!!!The selectors seem to be biased by popularity.

  • on September 12, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    Sachin was the 2nd highest scorer in the WC which India won. Yet he fails to find a place in this team.

  • on September 12, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    where is our master blaster Sir Sachin Tendulkar.... without him the line up is incomplete...

  • on September 12, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    lolz.. freaking panel. no sachin in an odi team?

  • on September 12, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    a world ODI team without Sachin Tendulkar???? u kidding me right??? n hey where the heck in the wrld is morgan, kohli n Devilleres????

  • on September 12, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    why not afridi... he also leading wicket taker in world cup... he is better than swaan

  • on September 12, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    not fair with out Afridi its joke team

  • on September 12, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    This selection panel has messed up. Vettori and Bollinger should come in as lefties. Dhoni is over valued and has not done anything to deserve his place, neither Sehwag. Watson, Gayle and Khallis on the other hand have delivered. Amla is unlucky to miss out.This should be the best team.1) Shane Watson 2) Gayle 3) Sangakkara (C& WK)4) Jacque Kallis 5)AB de Villiers 6)JP Duminy 7)Daniel Vettori 8) Graeme Swann 9) Doug Bollinger 10) Dale Steyn 11) Lasith Malinga (12th man-Brett Lee)

  • pakspin on September 12, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    It's sad that the ICC has become India's little bitch..if Indian team is so good, why are the being humiliated in England? Why isn't Amla in the team? Why is Zaheer Khan there and not Afridi? Seriously..and you picked yuvraj Singh? LOL..he could barely hold a bat.. I know that India has a lot of money invested into cricket right now, but if we continue to see jokes like this by the ICC, all the other fans are going to lose interest..please pick a team not based on Indian influence on the ICC..2 Indians really make the team Dhoni+ Sehwag...Amla...Afridi..GUL...Watson..Ab devillers...Eoin Morgan..Ajmal/Swan (pick one) ...Dilshan like Tendulker is a dead pitch king..so i won't pick either one..Afridi over Yuvraj any day of the week better in bowling and batting, ..

  • on September 12, 2011, 16:00 GMT

    where is saeed ajmal and shahid afridi ! they really deserve the mention?

  • Dilbar786 on September 12, 2011, 16:00 GMT

    REALLY ICC? so the team that cant win an ODI has 4 players in this team, not to mention a captain who has no idea what he is doing....

  • vikicork on September 12, 2011, 15:59 GMT

    what about M Vijay ,Mukund and Badri

    not only should they be in Indian side but they should also be in World XI side

  • on September 12, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    i m agree with this .. shahid afridi should have taken in this team he's been most promising player in the last year .i dont know what is the scale of ICC for judging the player for a team.players like Sachin tendulkar, bret lee,etc are not there is it a joke..?

  • landl47 on September 12, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    Leaving aside the obvious comment that if Malinga is 12th man then he's not, as the article claims, in the XI, it seems to me to be a pretty good team. Amla and Gambhir are great players, but since they have already picked three openers (Dilshan, Sehwag and Watson) there really isn't room for any more. I would have Sanga keep wicket, as he does in ODIs, and leave Dhoni to captain- he's worth his place as a mid-order batsman. The other comment I would make is that this is not a great or even a good fielding side. 3 of them (De Villiers is the other) keep wicket in ODIs and three more (Dilshan, Swann and Watson) are specialist close fielders. Yuvraj and Gul are very ordinary fielders and Sehwag and Zaheer can't field anywhere. That leaves Steyn to cover most of the outfield by himself, which is going to be tricky when he's bowling. @jonesy2- shouldn't Lyon be in the team? He hasn't played an ODI, but if he had, he'd be best in the world, wouldn't he?

  • neelanchiku on September 12, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    really i am not satisfied with team selection, the litte master should have been there. and big guns like Gambhir, Hussy, etc are missed out. I dont understand the inclusion of Umar Gul? Is it mandatory to have a single payer from every country? i am dissapointed.............

  • mowaisn on September 12, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    Where is afridi if I am not wrong he was also the highest wickt taker as well he equal with zaheer khan ( zaheer played one match more) . since the head of ICC is Indian , cricket is in ditch only Indians are preferred I am stun there are excellent players in Australia south Africa new Zealand don't forget England . I think its time to be fair with everyone rather giving chance to only one team. First time I seen venue changing in worldcup because of india team . this is pathetic. World champs and what they did in England . they showed their true picture. Thumbs up to ICC for giving silver spoon to India.

  • on September 12, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    ICC has claimed that the ODI team is based on performance from Aug 11 - 2010 to Aug 3 - 2011 - in that period M. Hafeez scored 1070 runs

  • Sayedgee on September 12, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    No Afridi?.... what a joke!

  • CrikBug on September 12, 2011, 15:42 GMT

    Malinga as 12th man? Seriously?...and Doubt over Dhoni as well (probably the panel selected because he won the WC), not sure how Dilshan made it. Why not Mahela as an opener?...anyway I am really crazy about having Malinga as 12th man...put him in or leave him completely out...PLEASE don't insult the wonderful bowler by putting him as 12th man....

  • on September 12, 2011, 15:40 GMT

    This is a joke right? FYI, Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh were left out of the Indian side for most part of the year due to series of bad performances. I would include Dave Warner/Chris Gayle and Eoin Morgan in their place. And preferring Swann over Ajmal? Seriously man, this is highly dysfunctional ODI unit. Any of the top 5 ODI teams of the world can beat it.

  • khurramsch on September 12, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    agree with clive abiut afridi. people who are asking about him when there is swan, youvraj & dilshan u cant have 4th spinners. and people asking for tendulkar, during the specified period dilshan was way above than him. only 1 error i would say and that is Amla instead of Sehwag. sehwag is good but period specified was definately Amlas

  • on September 12, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    3 changes to this side, for me.

    Amla and Watson have been better openers than Sehwag and Dilshan in the period that constitutes the year for this award. And I would rope in Shakib al Hasan in the middle order as an all-rounder.

  • on September 12, 2011, 15:34 GMT

    why is dhoni there , if sangakkara is in... sanga shud beth wk & captain... no dhoni....also, amla shud surely be there,,...

  • on September 12, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    I don't agree with Dhoni's inclusion. Apart from that world cup final performance, I don't recall other stand out innings. Sanga can keep wickets + captain the side. Get Amla/Gambhir in.

  • KillDevil on September 12, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    look at the criteria for selection before making idiotic comments, this is the ODI team of the year, bell and trott LOL and yes Dhoni can only dream of playing a match winning innings in the world cup final and lifting the trophy.

    malinga should be in the 11 and possibly afridi for his bowling.

  • on September 12, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    its a joke...believe me lol...afridi,amla nd sachin misses out LOL

  • raamvenky82 on September 12, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    based on the perfomance between aug 2010 to 2011(not based on current perfomance or world cup perfomance)my team would be: 1.)Amla,2)watson,3)trott,4)sangakkara(cap/wk),5)devilliers,6)kohli,7)shahid afridi, 8)swann,9)morne morkel,10)steyn,11)malinga 12th man:tharanga

  • on September 12, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    I am a big sehwag fan but he is not a good one day player!!! Gayle is the first choice with watson as Openers... yah i agree with most that malinga shud be playing before khan or steyn... both steyn and khan are better test bowlers...

  • getsetgopk on September 12, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    sore handed dhoni is not even fit to lead indian side how can he lead the team of the year. he's a burden on the idian team. the indian team can do away with him with a better keeper and one who can actually score some runs like mat prior what a joke

  • on September 12, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    its a joke...believe me lol...afridi,amla nd sachin misses out LOL

  • Bones5198 on September 12, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    @ani_cric, Tendulkar a fluke? Haha so he has fluked for 20 years to be the highest run scorer in international cricket? Guess it's better to be lucky than good :|

  • on September 12, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    My Team of the year. 1) Hashim Amla 2) Shane Watson 3) Sangakkara 4) AB de Villiers 5) M Hussey 6) U Akmal 7) MS Dhoni 8) Graeme Swann 9) D Vettori 10) M Jhonson 11) Dale Steyn (12th man- M Morkel) I am an Indian and more importantly a lover of the game.

  • on September 12, 2011, 15:14 GMT

    Where is Shahid Bhai ? He was the leading wicket taker in the WC 2011 . Nice to see Umar Gul.

  • on September 12, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    This isn't fair...poor selection.....how could they leave the lagend of the cricket...there isn't any word for him in this world such a great player.......i will support him rather then others......1 man army.....

  • on September 12, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    My odi 11.Sachin,Sehwag,hasheem amla,Yuvi, M S D,Ab devillers,Afridi,Murali,malinga,steyn,zaheer.

  • Jaggadaaku on September 12, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    This is ridiculous making Dhoni a captain of World ODI team. Dhoni won the world cup, but never dominant any match. All the matches were very close but final. He won the world cup by his and some of his team members' good luck only. That doesn't make him the best ODI captain. Hamish Amla whose batting average in ODI is nearly 50 with over 90 strike rate amd they still can omit him? That is not only surprise but it is shocking! ICC probably try to encourage Indians to perform well after this bad series against ENG so they can come out from this depression. Everyone knows now ICC is just a jock and their awards are mega jocks.

  • on September 12, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    haha...u guys are crazy.....just because you aren't having your favorite stars in this team, this team can't be bad. Its the best possible squad at the moment but I would have gone with Watson and Sehwag as openers pushing Dilshan at 3.

  • healing_hands9 on September 12, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    i dont know whats criteria to select the team of the year, if performaqnce is criteria then where is Newzelander Vitori? whole year he is number one bowler, moreover Shahid Afridi and Hashim Amla can be missed? astonishing

  • on September 12, 2011, 15:06 GMT

    This is a joke of a team. LOL

    Sehwag who has hardly played any cricket apart from World Cup is chosen ahead of Amla who has been prolific run getter. Some other selections are baffling too. Zaheer is a very good Test bowler, but in ODIs, he hasn't done much to be in the ICC ODI XI.

    All in all, I am disappointed with this team. ICC could have made a much better team than this.

  • on September 12, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    dhoni is not deserve for this... except WC final he has not performed any thing in the year... My side : 1.Sehwag 2. watson 3. gambhir 4. Ab devilleirs 5. yuvaraj 6.Eoin morgan 7. afridi 8. Daniel Vettori(c) 9. zaheer 10. steyn 11. malinga 12 morkel M

  • CricketChat on September 12, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    Shewag needs to be out and Malinga should be in. Rest is OK.

  • on September 12, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    Well Dhoni Is The Worst Choice. There Must Be Jack Kallis Or Jayawardene In Place Of Dhoni. And Malinga Should Be In Team In Place Of Dale Styen. Rest All Are Good.

  • Pakistanvictorious on September 12, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    Ohh What a joke by ICC, Dhoni averaged 32 and scored only 2 fifties during the period and he is the captain of the team and Amla scored over 1000 thousand runs with 5 hundred (most by a batsman during the period) is not in the team? Dilshan scored at an averaged of 35 and he is in team but Ghambir who averaged 60 with 2 hundreds is missing? Mohammad Hafeez 3rd highest run getter during the period (1070 avg of 36 and 2 hundreds also taking 26 wickets at an avg of 31) is not in the team but Yuvraj is in team who always struggle against quality teams.Other notable excluisions are Rampaul (18 wickets 19 avg and 24 SR), Saeed Ajmal ( 29 wkts 21 avg), Morkel (29 wkts 19 avg and 25 SR) and 2nd highest wicket taker during the period ( 37 wickets at 30) and joint highest in WC Shahid Afridi. Sanagakkara should have been captain as Dhoni as a wicket keeper is poor. This team shows the agenda of ICC and their incompetence, they should make some sense.

  • on September 12, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    Tendulkar is in the form of his life in d odi format...so no mattr wat tendulkar will have 2 b included...so certainly tendulkar would score double or triple as many runs as at least de villers...the best team 4 me ...as for trott n swann huever recommends,is d biggest joke of d century

  • Stark62 on September 12, 2011, 14:58 GMT

    No way!

    My 11 would be: Watto, Amla, Trott, De Villers, Sanga, Yuvi, Dhoni (cpt & wkt), Afridi, Swann, Steyn, Gul/Zaheer.

    I don't think Malinga can get into the 11 solely because of his new ball bowling. Great at the depth but not good enough with the new ball plus, Zaheer or Gul can do an equally good job at the end.

  • my11hehe on September 12, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    this team is a joke.... how come sehwag ahead of sachin? who scored more runs in wc??? if v exclude sehwag innings against bangladesh it is even worst....no afridi.. hw the hell is swann in the team... brain less jury..........

  • JimDavis on September 12, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    So Australia's continued dominance in the ICC ODI rankings is down solely to Shane Watson?

  • Haleos on September 12, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    Jury members include Paul Adams and Danny Morrison. Now thats some jury.

  • on September 12, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    Afridi must be there, Dhoni should be omitted

  • Haleos on September 12, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    @ani_cric - whats up with you? Missed your Medicine again?

  • on September 12, 2011, 14:42 GMT

    Well i think Jury have to reelected Afridi, Amla, Tendulker and Bord.

  • montys_muse on September 12, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    Dilshan is a poor choice...others seem to fit the bill...

  • sudheercric on September 12, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    @ani_cric: please comment after seeing the positives about the hardworking cricketers..i can also show the negatives if u tell who r ur favzzz

  • cricpolitics on September 12, 2011, 14:34 GMT

    This is a non-sense exercise from ICC. What does this ICC team of the year mean, nothing, so don't sweat over it. ICC must spend time on real matters. Everyone knows who is performing now a days.

  • on September 12, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    Looking at the bowling department, looks like fast bowling is on real decline. Is cricket still worth if we have none like Hall, Truman, Roberts, Croft, Garner, Marshall, Holding, Lillee, Thomson, Imran, Waqar and Ambrose?

  • on September 12, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    Sehwag scored runs against only against Bangladesh in world cup and got a place in the side but sachin scored two centuries against two best teams in world cup and he is the leading run scorer for india but not included in the side. What a joke?!Sehwag scored runs against only against Bangladesh in world cup and got a place in the side but sachin scored two centuries against two best teams in world cup and he is the leading run scorer for india but not included in the side. What a joke?!

  • ausaff on September 12, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    where is Amla .it is not fair 4 indians zaheer ovr malinga lol..first get zaheer fit and loose weight

  • kas_kas on September 12, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    this is interesting but Malinga cant be the 12th man

  • Reggaecricket on September 12, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    Lasith Malinga 12th Man? Must you really know what i think of this team?!!

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on September 12, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    Well to be fair viru is a misfit in both sense i would swap him with watto at top and afridi at 7 as a leggie,an offie and left arm spin is perfecto,nothing much to cribble special mention to our very own MSD leading ICC odi side for straight 4th year is highly impressive I tell u what its mighty impressive to win WC with only 2 bowlers zaheer and yuvraj and may be a bit of munaf

  • on September 12, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    Sachin has skipped the England tour, not because of the injury...but because of the Champions League T20 (CLT20). See, how this so called cricket god behaves....prefers club over country.... definitely he should not be selected in any of the ICC awards!

  • on September 12, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    No place for Amla? No place for SRT? No place for Afridi??? LOL! Does anyone still take these awards very seriously anymore???!

  • AJ_Tiger86 on September 12, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    Wow, that's a joke of a team. How on earth did Shane Watson get into the XI? Where's Eoin Morgan and Jonathan Trott? The team should be: 1. Hashim Amla 2. Sachin Tendulkar 3. Jonathan Trott 4. AB de Villiers 5. Yuvraj Singh 6. Eoin Morgan 7. MS Dhoni 8. Stuart Broad 9. Graeme Swann 10. Dale Steyn 11. Zaheer Khan

  • on September 12, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    There is not a more usefull player in the world then Muhammad Hafeez, he would be in this team instead of Umer Gul.

  • on September 12, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    the highest wicket taker in the wc? where's afridi? dis team is just not a joke its a poor joke

  • on September 12, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    gambhir instead of yuvraj, amla instead of dilshan, ajmal instead of swann,watson got no place in best team ponting would have been better.

  • on September 12, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    Why Swann is in and the highest wicket taker in world cup is out?? Not understandable.

  • on September 12, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    Good Team.. For all those who says Sachin is missing, Sachin hardly plays One-Days these days.. Dilshan over Hashim Amla is bit ridiculous.. and for me Malinga will be in Team and Umar Gul will be 12th man..

  • on September 12, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    Good team.. Dhoni is the perfect captain as he showed what leadership is during the world cup final. Missing sachin though.. Team can't be complete without him. Zaheer and Afridi should are must for bowling attack as they were highest wicket takers in the world cup.Good team.. Dhoni is the perfect captain as he showed what leadership is during the world cup final. Missing sachin though.. Team can't be complete without him. Zaheer and Afridi should are must for bowling attack as they were highest wicket takers in the world cup.

  • on September 12, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    It looks as if the team has been made on the basis of the ICC Cricket World Cup. And if that's so they have missed out Afridi even with such a gr8 performance with the bowl and even the cap.

  • manikandansethu on September 12, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    well.. next year number of Asians could reduce.. while English and Oz can replace... don't know why Sehwag came there .. on wht aspects they selected the team.. Amla should be selected as the first one..

  • on September 12, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    i dont know y people stressing here for players from the england if basis are last years performance.....they had poor series in aussi and not even worldcup was good for them.........trott shud have given the chance..............................

  • rshn on September 12, 2011, 14:04 GMT

    No Sachin? OMG! what is umar gul and swan doing in world XI

  • zavahir on September 12, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    No Amla, no Malinga. This is a joke

  • on September 12, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    hw can u ignore sachin..??? he was in prime form last year... n lasith malinga is 12 man..!!!! i cant belev... he is the best in fast bowling department... there sudnt b dhoni as well as sanga in team together.... y do they always ignore good pakistani players..??? i m indian bt its realy bad to hv politics in a sport...

  • on September 12, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    it's a joke, sehvag is in the list and not sachin as well as amla and malinga not in eleven. are the juries insane?

  • on September 12, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    Poor selection again... gayle and afridi should b there in the list in place of sehwag and swann and where is amla?? he was d most prolific odi batsmen last year

  • yuva19 on September 12, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    Why TD is wen der is Watto nd Viru...quite funny,also yuvi doesn't fit in d bill...

  • agm_ on September 12, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    How are Gambhir and Amla in top 4 ODI players of the year, but not in top 11???

  • on September 12, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    Whoever is cripping about this team, Please understand that this team is made based upon all the matches that happened in the last one year.. Check records,and I see that this is a good team, Some are saying morgan..can some one tell me morgans record of Number of matches played and number of runs scored? Also if a WC winning captain is not a captain of the year,then who else is:?

  • aus_sore_losers on September 12, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    Dilshan over SACHIN????? hahahahahahaha... and graeme swann in ODI team??? Sachin smashed him in the WC like nothing, back-to-back sixes... as for others criticising MSD, he's best captain in the world, won the WC with less resources at hand and leader who leads from the front. Period.

  • Dr_Nasir.. on September 12, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    where is afridi nd amla...????afridi was top wicket taker in world cup......i cant understand the policy of jeury menmbers....

  • on September 12, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    A good playing XI,but why Umar Gul in the playing XI?Would have had Wahab Riaz at the worst.Could have had Imran Tahir as the 2nd spinner instead

  • bighit14 on September 12, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    @ani_cric: Dont be a sadist. Sachin is definitely not Fluke Master Blaster and neither should anyone talk to prove it. Its just the bad luck that is haunting Dhoni and he is giving his best in England. What can one do if nothing is in his favour?

  • Bilal_Choudry on September 12, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    how come shahid afridi is missing from this list

  • on September 12, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    this is a funny selection why there is no shakib al hasan????????????

  • cricconnossieur on September 12, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    How did M Jayawardene and Shahid Afridi miss out ? They gave some sterling match winning performances

  • on September 12, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    You know this list is biased when you see dhoni in there and not afridi.

    You. Have. To. Be. Kidding. Me

  • ani_cric on September 12, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    only good thing abt the team is "Fluke master blaster SAchin" is not there ...dhoni can only dream and can play in dream only not in reality (complete white wash in ongoing series) ... .. sehwag and yuvaraj plays only event organized by IPL ... Zaheer is a handicap ...Replace these with good hard working cricketers who plays for the team

  • on September 12, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    dilshan over sachin...lol

  • tigerkhan on September 12, 2011, 13:38 GMT

    well, no place for Tendulkar, Afridi and Amla. thats not good, I think Zaheer Abbass is in the jury, who is always against Afridi, last time he wasn't included for the Odi ICC player of the year award only due to the old Z. Abbass.

  • palla.avinash on September 12, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    good team but missing gambir and afridi .

  • goldeneye075 on September 12, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    Is this the joke of the century ???? Lasith Malinga as the 12th man ? He is the best in the business. MS Dhoni is not fit to captain the side nor a good wicket keeper , he definitely should not be in the team.

  • on September 12, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    well i think its better to have HASHIM AMLA in place of TILLAKARATNE DILSHAN....other than that names are good...but i donno when they are really gonna perform together against which country or players

  • jonesy2 on September 12, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    best team in the world cant get more than one obvious player in the team. mitchell johnson, michael clarke, brett lee should all be in this team. the ICC is the biggets joke in the history of pro sport and makes a complete mockery of cricket.

  • jonesy2 on September 12, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    wow no brett lee, what a joke, as usual. lol graeme swann.

  • peterss on September 12, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    Poor selection. How can Eoin Morgan miss out? And what in the world has sehwag done, except wack medicore attacks? ODI team of the year: 1) Shane Watson 2) Gayle 3) Sangakkara 4) AB de Villiers 5) Ian Bell 6) Eoin Morgan 7) MS Dhoni 8) Graeme Swann 9) Umar Gul 10) Dale Steyn 11) Lasith Malinga (12th man-Zaheer Khan)

  • on September 12, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    this is ridiculous.......where is Tim southee and if this is the team of the year,Trott shud be there

  • raamvenky82 on September 12, 2011, 13:21 GMT

    "The team was selected based on performances between August 11, 2010 and August 3, 2011". YUVI-only performed in worldcup (kohli scored as many runs in that period) DHONI-never scored in that period(sanga is not a bad option for captain) amla should be there for dhoni(dhoni may deserved places in last three years but not now). The worst case lies with zaheer and sehwag because other than world cup mathes,zaheer played just 2 series(total of 7 odi's) and sehwag played only one series(5 odi's) in that time.I wonder whether this is team of the' world cup',if not then where is upul tharanga,mohammed hafeez,andrew strauss and where is run machine trott..

  • a_rahat on September 12, 2011, 13:21 GMT

    My Choice: 1.Virender Sehwag 2.Hasim Amla 3.Jaques Kallis 4.AB de Villiers 5.Yuvraj Singh 6.MS Dhoni(capt & wk) 7.Shahid Afridi 8.Graeme Swann 9.Umar Gul 10. Dale Steyn 11.Zaheer Khan 12.Lasith Malinga The team has 6 very fine batsmen, 1 left arm & 2 rgiht arm experienced fast bowlers with the reverse swing of Gul specially, a very very fine all-rounder like Kallis, 3 extremely good spinners with the variation of Afridi. At the tail, the team has a game changer like Afridi and Swann who can bat also. Specially The team has probably the best bowling attack that can defend any kind of total set by the batsmen of this particular team.

  • bighit14 on September 12, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    How is Sehwag in ODI team of the year? Why isn't Amla in the squad when he has played so well and also has topped the ODI rankings?

  • on September 12, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    Great team, except Yuvraj, I'd put Sachin Tendulkar instead of him.

  • rukii on September 12, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    Malinga should be in the first 11, he is the best bowler of the shorter versions

  • HocasPocas on September 12, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    How on earth they put Zaheer in Playing 11 and made Malinga 12th man???

  • mrms on September 12, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    Sehwag could have been replaced by Jayawardene. And Gul by Malinga.

  • Tigg on September 12, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    I'd have Ghambir or particularly Amla in the side instead of Sehwag. I'd also probably swap Malinga and Steyn.

    My Side: Watson, Dilshan, Amla, Sanga, AB, Yuvi, Dhoni(+*), Swann, Gul, Malinga, Zaheer.

  • on September 12, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    amla should have been included in place of either dilshan or sanga/watto/ab. The rest is all fine but i am not terribly sure about having dale Steyn in there [i don't think he is that good a ODI bowler] . Maybe Morkel with his height could have been a better choice?

  • on September 12, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    what sehwag did in world cup? shane watson was an opener in the wc, how can he come at number 6? Graeme Swann was not impressive.

    Afridi should have been there insted of watson and watson should be insted of sehwag at opening, Either Saeed Ajmal or imran tahir should be instead of Swann.

    Poor Selection

  • TexasCricket on September 12, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    zaheer khan!! for what??? ahead of Malinga.. ha ha ha. Sewhag/Yuvraj& Zaheer should be Scrapped from this list. Unless this is purely based on potential never fulfilled list. Its about time to move on from has been...

  • likeintcricket on September 12, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    Kallis, Gayle and Malinga are three players whom I cannot drop from my eleven.

  • joseyesu on September 12, 2011, 13:11 GMT

    Instead of Sehwag, I would have gone for Gambir. Why Gul?. Anyway seems nice line up.

  • on September 12, 2011, 13:11 GMT

    no hashim amla better than dilshan

  • on September 12, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    surprised not see shahid Afridi in the team

  • on September 12, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    Dhoni Dont Deserve this. he had a poor WC and Poor Year.

  • on September 12, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    Umar gul over malinga??????

  • mashed_potatoes on September 12, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    Gul and Khan over Malinga? You must be joking! I'd have Malinga and Morkel over them two any day

  • Roamer on September 12, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    It all depends on where this team will be playing, but I think the side should have been Watson, Sachin, Sangakara, Devilliers, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Afridi, Swann, Steyn, Umer and Zaheer.

  • kartikn on September 12, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    Malinga can be included in the playing XI. Afridi can be the 12th man.

  • on September 12, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    lasith malinga is 12th man h is leeding ODI bowler in the world

  • MrGarreth on September 12, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    Really??? No Amla??? I mean come on.

  • Shafi79 on September 12, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    Seems right but i would have Malinga in the playing XI ahead of Gul.

  • on September 12, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    unfair for Slinga Malinga he should replace Zaheer,,,,

    I think MS is not ideal to lead superb players like Sanga ,,,,,,, Dhoni is proved as a loosing captain

  • on September 12, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    No Hashim Amla? There must be a mistake

  • Exiled-Tyke on September 12, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    utterly baffling, verging on the outragerous.

    Amla - leading run scorer, virtually leading average, most hundreds, superb strike rate. Shameful to leave him out. Sehwag nowhere to be seen in leading run scorers.

    Jayawardene - more runs, better average, better SR than Dilshan.

    Malinga - leading wicket taker, virtually leading average, very good econ.

    Munaf and Southee both have better records than Gul.

    Steyn is a wonderful bowler, but (to name but two) both Morne Morkel and Tsotsobe have considerably better records than him in the qualifying period.

  • Q_Man on September 12, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    Yuvraj is overrated, as is Zaheer Khan. Both are good to a certain level but I would have put better specialists in their place

  • on September 12, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    The fact that England, Test number one and Twenty20 Cup holders, do not feature in the above at all makes me worry about the gulf opening up between the different formats of the game.

  • on September 12, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    Joke Of The Year !! Nothing More !!

  • Tatsache on September 12, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    where is sachin tendulkar..I think sachin is playing better than sehwag and dilshan in ODI as opener...may be he not played so many matches??

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  • Tatsache on September 12, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    where is sachin tendulkar..I think sachin is playing better than sehwag and dilshan in ODI as opener...may be he not played so many matches??

  • on September 12, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    Joke Of The Year !! Nothing More !!

  • on September 12, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    The fact that England, Test number one and Twenty20 Cup holders, do not feature in the above at all makes me worry about the gulf opening up between the different formats of the game.

  • Q_Man on September 12, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    Yuvraj is overrated, as is Zaheer Khan. Both are good to a certain level but I would have put better specialists in their place

  • Exiled-Tyke on September 12, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    utterly baffling, verging on the outragerous.

    Amla - leading run scorer, virtually leading average, most hundreds, superb strike rate. Shameful to leave him out. Sehwag nowhere to be seen in leading run scorers.

    Jayawardene - more runs, better average, better SR than Dilshan.

    Malinga - leading wicket taker, virtually leading average, very good econ.

    Munaf and Southee both have better records than Gul.

    Steyn is a wonderful bowler, but (to name but two) both Morne Morkel and Tsotsobe have considerably better records than him in the qualifying period.

  • on September 12, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    No Hashim Amla? There must be a mistake

  • on September 12, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    unfair for Slinga Malinga he should replace Zaheer,,,,

    I think MS is not ideal to lead superb players like Sanga ,,,,,,, Dhoni is proved as a loosing captain

  • Shafi79 on September 12, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    Seems right but i would have Malinga in the playing XI ahead of Gul.

  • MrGarreth on September 12, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    Really??? No Amla??? I mean come on.

  • on September 12, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    lasith malinga is 12th man h is leeding ODI bowler in the world