Dhoni to lead ICC ODI team; Tendulkar misses out

MS Dhoni was also named the wicketkeeper of the year Getty Images

London: Sep 12, 2011

World champions India dominated the ICC ODI Team of the Year announced on Monday, with four of them figuring in the side, including Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who was named captain.

Other Indians named in the team are opener Virender Sehwag, middle-order batsman Yuvraj Singh, who won the the Man-of-the-Series award in the cricket World Cup, and pace spearhead Zaheer Khan.

Apart from being named captain of the team, Dhoni will keep wicket for the fourth year in a row.

India have the highest number of players in the world team that does not include Sachin Tendulkar.

Sri Lanka, who finished runners-up in the World Cup, have two players in the first eleven as well as the 12th man. South Africa are being represented by two players while Australia, England and Pakistan have one player each.

Sehwag partners Sri Lankan Tillakaratne Dilshan at the top of order while the latter’s team-mate Kumar Sangakkara comes at the crucial number three spot.

South Africa’s AB de Villiers and Australian Shane Watson were named at number four and five while Yuvraj would bat at number six, a slot ahead of Dhoni.

Pakistan’s Umar Gul and South African Dale Steyn will share the pace duties with Zaheer while Englishman Graeme Swann is the lone spinner in the world team.

The ICC on Monday announced the ODI Team of the Year at a special function ahead of the LG ICC Awards ceremony here. The team was chosen by a specially appointed selection panel chaired by West Indian batting legend and former captain Clive Lloyd. (PTI)