Dhoni wins ODI player of the year award

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Dubai, Sep 11 (UNI) India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni overhauled many names, which also included compatriot Sachin Tendulkar, to win the ODI Player of the Year award here last night.

Along with Tendulkar, Dhoni had Australian fast bowler Nathan Bracken and Pakistan stalwart Mohammad Yousuf in contention for the prestigious award.

During the voting period, Dhoni played 39 ODIs and scored 1,298 runs at an average of 49.92 with a strike rate of 82.46. In that time he hit a century and nine fifties making sure he led his team from the front.

In the same period, wicketkeeper Dhoni had 62 dismissals (46 catches and 16 stumpings), which is almost twice as many as the next best, albeit having played more matches than any other keeper.

Dhoni is currently ranked number one in the ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen.

The Indian captain thanked the voting academy for choosing him for the award and said it was great to know that he was the first Indian to receive the award.

''Also, it feels great to know that I am the first Indian player to get this particular award and it's very special because now I am in the company of a lot of other good cricketers.

''Some fantastic players have won this award in the past and to be mentioned in their company is truly a humbling experience for me,'' he added.

Dhoni thanked the ICC, the BCCI his family and teammates for the award.

The ODI Player of the Year Award was one of eight individual prizes given at this year's ICC Awards.

Dhoni also featured on the ICC ODI Team of the Year as picked by the ICC selection panel. The award was announced by Australian captain and two-time ICC Cricketer of the Year Ricky Ponting.

The panel was chaired by West Indian legend Clive Lloyd and included former Australia captain Greg Chappell, recently retired South African all-rounder Shaun Pollock, former Sri Lanka opener Sidath Wettimuny and former Bangladesh batsman Athar Ali Khan.

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