ICC Awards 2010: And the winners are ...
The seventh annual ICC awards were held in Bengaluru. Here is a look at the winners.
The seventh ICC Annual Awards were held at Grand Castle, Bengaluru, where best cricketers of the year were awarded.<br><br>Up for grabs were nine individual awards and three team honours with the ICC Spirit of Cricket Award as well as the World Test and ODI Teams of the Year Award.<br><br>And the awards went to....
India's cricketing icon Sachin Tendulkar was named Cricketer of the Year at the prestigious ICC Awards, held at a glittering ceremony in Bengaluru. During the voting period, the 37-year-old from Mumbai played in 10 Test matches, striking 1,064 runs, including six centuries, at an average of 81.84. Tendulkar also played in 17 ODI matches in the time, smashing his way to 914 runs at an average 65.28 in a period that also included the master batsman's record-breaking double-century against South Africa in Gwalior.
India batsman Virender Sehwag has won the ICC Test Player of the Year. During the 12-month voting period, Sehwag put in some remarkable performances with the bat, making 1,282 runs with an impressive average of 85.46 in the 10 Test matches he played. He scored six centuries and four half-centuries during the period.
Tendulkar was also named as the first recipient of the inaugural LG People's Choice Award and was named in both the Test and ODI Teams of the Year.<br><br>The values by which the winner was judged include innovation, dynamism, strength in decision-making, performing well under pressure and executing a plan to distinction.<br><br>The winner of this award should demonstrate an ability to engage spectators and should also embody the game's unique spirit, both on and off the field.
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is named as captain of the team as he was for the ICC World Test Team of the Year 2009. Members of the team are: Virender Sehwag (Ind), Simon Katich (Aus), Sachin Tendulkar (Ind), Hashim Amla (SA), Kumar Sangakkara (SL), Jacques Kallis (SA), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Ind, captain and wicketkeeper), Graeme Swann (Eng), James Anderson (Eng), Dale Steyn (SA), Doug Bollinger (Aus).
England fast bowler Steven Finn has won the ICC Emerging Player of the Year award. The 21-year-old, who played in six Test matches in the voting period and took 27 wickets at an average of 21.85, has made an immediate impact within the England side with his extra pace and bounce since making his Test debut in March of this year.
South Africa's AB de Villiers has won the ODI Player of the Year award. During the voting period, de Villiers played 16 ODIs and scored 855 runs at an average of 71.25 and at a rate of 103.38 runs per 100 balls faced. In that time he hit four 50s and four centuries making sure he led his team from the front when it came to batting.
New Zealand opening batsman Brendon McCullum has won the ICC Twenty20 International Performance of the Year. <br><br>On 28 February 2010, during the Black Caps' Twenty20 International match against Australia at Christchurch, McCullum smashed 116 not out off 56 balls, in a performance that included 12 fours and eight sixes. He then helped his side to victory when the match went down to a one-over eliminator to decide the result.
Australia captain Ricky Ponting is named captain of the ICC World ODI Team of the Year in 2009. Members of the Team are: Sachin Tendulkar (Ind), Shane Watson (Aus), Michael Hussey (Aus), AB de Villiers (SA), Paul Collingwood (Eng), Ricky Ponting (Aus, captain), MS Dhoni (Ind, wicketkeeper), Daniel Vettori (NZ), Stuart Broad (Eng), Doug Bollinger (Aus), Ryan Harris (Aus).
New Zealand cricket team was named as the recipients of the Spirit of Cricket Award. New Zealand has won this award and the second year in a row. It is presented to the team which, in the opinion of the Emirates Elite Panels of ICC Umpires and Match Referees and the 10 Full Member captains, has best conducted itself on the field within the spirit of the game.
Umpire Aleem Dar has won the David Shepherd Trophy for the second time after being named ICC Umpire of the Year.<br><br>Dar, who is 42 and from Pakistan, was voted to this award by the 10 Full Member captains as well as the eight-man Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, based on his decision statistics and officiating skills over the past 12 months.
Australia all-rounder Shelley Nitschke has been named Women's Cricketer of the Year. <br><br>During the voting period Nitschke played eight ODIs for Australia scoring 342 runs at the top of the order at an average of 57, while the spinner also claimed 12 wickets. She also played in 10 Twenty20 Internationals amassing 265 runs and 10 wickets.