New Delhi: India captain MS Dhoni was also chosen as the skipper of the ICC ODI team of the year in a list of eleven players that includes three other Indians. Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir however failed to make it to the list despite being nominated for ODI player of the year award.
Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh and Zaheer Khan are the other Indian players who have made it to the list under Dhoni. While Umar Gul is the only player from Pakistan, three Sri Lanka players - Kumar Sangakkara, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Lasith Malinga as the 12th man - complete the team from the sub-continent.
"The ODI team of the year reflects the success of India with four players selected - Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, M S Dhoni and Zaheer Khan. Yuvraj was, of course, the player of the tournament and MS Dhoni, the man of the match in the final, whilst fellow finalists Sri Lanka has three players in the side," said Clive Lloyd who headed the specially appointed selection panel chosen to select the team.
The panel also included other greats like former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas, former England captain Mike Gatting, former New Zealand bowler Danny Morrison and former South African bowler Paul Adams.
ICC ODI Team of the Year (in batting order)
Tillakaratne Dilshan (SL), Virender Sehwag (Ind), Kumar Sangakkara (SL), AB de Villiers (SA), Shane Watson (Aus), Yuvraj Singh (Ind), MS Dhoni (Ind, wicketkeeper/captain), Graeme Swann (Eng), Umar Gul (Pak), Dale Steyn (SA), Zaheer Khan (Ind), 12th Man - Lasith Malinga (SL).