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Dhoni bags top ODI award

India's ODI skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the first Indian to be named the International Cricket Council's ODI player of the year, reports HT Correspondent.

cricket Updated: Sep 12, 2008 00:33 IST

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is enjoying the time of his life, tasting success in everything he does and the latest accolade came from the sports apex governing body. Dhoni became the first Indian to be named the International Cricket Council's ODI player of the year, and though he was not present at the glittering ceremony in Dubai, the stumper from Ranchi basked in the limelight.

"It feels great to know that I am the first Indian player to get this particular award and it's very special because now I am in the company of a lot of other good cricketers," said an obviously elated Dhoni.

"Some fantastic players have won this award in the past and to be mentioned in their company is truly a humbling experience for me," said India's ODI and Twenty20 captain.

The voting period spanned August 1 2007 to July 31 2008 and in the period Dhoni played 39 ODIs and scored 1,298 runs at an average of 49.92 and at a rate of 82.46 runs per 100 balls faced. In that time he hit a century and nine fifties, making sure he led his team from the front.

In addition to his success with the bat Dhoni did well behind the stumps, capturing 62 dismissals -- 46 catches and 16 stumpings -- nearly twice as many as the next best in the same category.

Currently ranked number one in the ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen, Dhoni thanked all for standing by him.

"I would like to thank the Voting Academy for considering me to be deserving of this award. I am really happy to get this it's a great privilege. "I would like to thank the ICC, my home cricket board, my family, my team-mates and friends," he said.

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