ICC Awards: Sachin Tendulkar Bags Two

By Tias, Gaea News Network
Thursday, October 7, 2010

BANGALORE, INDIA (GaeaTimes.com)- The ICC Awards were announced on Wednesday night and Sachin Tendulkar made a clean sweep of it. The Indian batting maestro received not only his first Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy but also won the People’s Choice Award. Considering that it was his first Cricketer of the Year award, the moment was special for Indians as well as the batting legend.

Though Sachin Tendulkar has been the Indian batting anchor for decades now, the Cricketer of the Year ICC Award had eluded him for years now. This year, however, it all changed forever as he beat out teammate Virender Sehwag, England spinner Graeme Swann and South African batsman Hashim Amla to hold the Sir Garfield Sobers trophy. Sachin Tendulkar, however, was all praises for the team and also praised coach Gary Kirsten for his role in the team. He explained that the former South African opener kept the team in the right frame of mind and ensured that the batsmen got plenty of deliveries to play in practice.

In the period under consideration (August 24, 2009-August 10, 2010) for this year’s ICC Awards, Sachin Tendulkar has scored 1064 runs in 10 tests at an average of almost 82 and also scored 914 runs in ODI. Though ranked third in the ICC rankings presently, Sachin Tendulkar has been instrumental in India’s success this year as a side. Another boost for the Indian side at the ICC Award came in the form of Indian Skipper MS Dhoni being named the test captain of the year. Another highlight of the evening was Aleem Dar, the Pakistani umpire who won the Umpire of the Year second time in a row on Wednesday.

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