ICC Awards 2011

Sangakkara named ODI Cricketer of the Year

ESPNcricinfo staff

September 12, 2011

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Kumar Sangakkara is a key part of Sri Lanka's top order, Cardiff, May 25 2011
Kumar Sangakkara won two ICC awards © AFP
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Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara has been named the ODI Cricketer of the Year for 2011 during the ICC Awards ceremony in London. Sangakkara also won the ICC People's Choice Award, capping a memorable evening for him.

"It's a great honour first of all to have been nominated for this award [ODI Cricketer] and a great honour to have actually won it," said Sangakkara, who was not in London because of the ongoing home series against Australia.

"I would like to thank the rest of my team-mates, they have done a great job over the years in one-day cricket and I am privileged to be part of this and [to have] led these guys for just over two years. I thank you again, I feel very very proud."

Sangakkara played 25 ODIs in the period under consideration - August 11, 2010 to August 3, 2011 - and scored 1049 runs at an average of 55.21 including a century and seven half-centuries. He also had 26 catches and 10 stumpings as wicketkeeper and led Sri Lanka to the final of the 2011 World Cup.

Sangakkara won the ODI award ahead of Australia's Shane Watson, India's Gautam Gambhir and South Africa's Hashim Amla.

For the People's Choice Award, Sangakkara received more votes than Amla, England batsman Jonathan Trott, West Indies opener Chris Gayle and India captain MS Dhoni.

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Posted by Charindra on (September 15, 2011, 14:18 GMT)

Amazing achievement! India, with it's over 1 billion people lost out to Sri Lanka with its 20 million. Talk about against the odds!

Posted by   on (September 15, 2011, 10:33 GMT)

well done sanga for the great achievement. The backbone of Sri Lanka Cricket

Posted by hamdan22 on (September 15, 2011, 2:19 GMT)

Come on Sangaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa you have done a great job to our cricket.Go ahead!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (September 14, 2011, 23:20 GMT)

Congratulations, Sanga! Keep up the good work.

Posted by Sisira on (September 14, 2011, 11:51 GMT)

Well done our boy keep up the good work please try to salvage our pride in the last test. Show the world what it takes to be a Sri Lankan

Posted by   on (September 14, 2011, 7:23 GMT)

truly an champion sanga is our mainstay. his stylish batting impress all.

Posted by   on (September 14, 2011, 7:09 GMT)

Wow ! Wow ! Wow ! You are by far the greatest and that is why we love you so much Sanga....you winning the people's choice award proves that you are not only loved by the fans of Sri Lanka but by all the cricket loving public the world over.....You truly are making waves and recreating history......Good luck and God bless

Posted by taniap on (September 14, 2011, 7:04 GMT)

Humble despite all the accolades. Many other players can learn a lesson or two from this man. Congratulations Sanga!

Posted by   on (September 14, 2011, 5:14 GMT)

simply he is the best in all lions after de silvasimply he is the best in all lions after de silva

Posted by   on (September 13, 2011, 19:07 GMT)

Sanga we know you are going to win this award.Pro.ud to be a sri lankan

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