Bangalore: Sachin Tendulkar was named the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) cricketer of the year and Virender Sehwag won the ICC’s test player of the year award on Wednesday.
“It’s fantastic to win this award, I’m really excited... and this last season for the entire team has been really special,” said Tendulkar.
Tendulkar fought off stiff competition to take the award ahead of fellow short-list nominees Virender Sehwag, South Africa’s Hashim Amla and England’s Graeme Swann.
Sehwag was recognized for his feats in the elite form of the game after scoring 1,282 test runs at 85.46 in 10 tests in the 12-month voting period to August.
Tendulkar, Sehwag and India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni also made the ICC’s test team of the year, which featured three South Africans, two Englishmen and two Australians.
England fast bowler Steven Finn won the emerging player award and South Africa batsman AB de Villiers won the one-day player of the year award.