Gambhir ICC test player of the year, Dhoni ODI player

Gambhir ICC test player of the year, Dhoni ODI player

Johannesburg: Indians shone at the International Cricket Council awards night here with captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir named as the ODI and test players of the year at a glittering ceremony on Thursday.

The most coveted cricketer of the year award, however, went to Australitn Mitchel Johnson who had a phenomenal year with both the bat and the ball in Test and ODI crickets in the past year.

Johnson beat Dhoni, Gambhir and England captain Andrew Strauss in a four-way race for the ICC cricketer of the year award.

The 27-year-old Australian fast bowler took 80 wickets from 17 matches he played in the year along with 632 valuable runs at an average of 30.09, including a century.

In the 16 ODIs he played during the year, Johnson scalped 28 victims and scored 83 runs in the voting period from 13 August 2008 to 24 August 2009.

Interestingly, Gambhir won the test player of the year award by beating Johnson, Strauss and Sri Lankan Thilan Samaraweera.

Gambhir scored 1269 runs from eight matches he played in the voting period with an astronomic average of 84.60 with five hundreds.

His captain Dhoni retained the ODI player of the year award, which he won last year also.

Dhoni played 24 ODIs in the voting period from which he scored 967 with nine fifties at an average of 60.43, the strike rate being 86.63.

The Indian skipper beat strong competition from his own two team-mates in Yuvraj Singh and Virender Sehwag, and West Indian Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

Dhoni was also named captain of both the test and ODI teams of the year. Both the world teams have three Indians each with Dhoni being one of them.

Besides Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar and Gambhir found place in the world test team while Sehwag and Yuvraj figured in the ODI side.

Another Indian, off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was named as the 12th man in the world test team.

The selection panel for the awards was chaired by former West Indian captain Clive Lloyd. Other members of the panel included Anil Kumble (India), Bob Taylor (England), Mudassar Nazar (Pakistan) and Stephen Fleming (New Zealand).