On Tuesday, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was accorded special recognition as the ICC gave him a place in both the ICC Test Team of the Year and the ODI Team of the Year.
Incidentally, this is the sixth consecutive year that Dhoni has found a place in the one-day side. Dhoni, who captained India to victory in the 2011 World Cup and the No 1 ranking in ODIs, was also named captain. Shikhar Dhawan and Ravindra Jadeja were other Indians to find a place in the One-Day Team of the Year.
Surprisingly Virat Kohli, who has been a consistent run-getter in the 50-over format in the last one year, didn’t figure in the ODI team.
According to ICC’s chief executive, Dave Richardson, Virat was unlucky to have missed out, but gave little else as explanation. “Kohli is one of the players who should consider himself unlucky not to get selected, especially in the ODI team of the year. In these awards, it’s more a case of who gets left out rather than who gets in. There’s tremendous competition for places,” said Richardson.
Cheteshwar Pujara found mention in the Test squad along with Dhoni. Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was named as 12th man. England captain Alastair Cook was named captain.