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Tendulkar, VVS nominated for ESPNCricinfo's awards

January 28, 2011 18:03 IST

Run-machine Sachin Tendulkar has been nominated in ESPNCricinfo's awards list for the best ODI batsman in 2010.

Tendulkar, who scored an unbeaten 200 -- one-day cricket's first double hundred -- against South Africa in Gwalior on February 24, is among ten batsmen in the list, which includes compatriots Virender Sehwag and young Virat Kohli.

India's ever reliable VVS Laxman earned a nomination for the best Test batsman. Out the 10 nominations, the stylish Hyderabadi has?three.

His fantastic knocks -- 73 not out against Australia in Mohali, 103 not out against Sri Lanka in Colombo and 96 against South Africa in Durban -- make him one of the favourites for the award.

Sehwag is?also?nominated in this category for his fighting 109 against Sri Lanka in the first Test at Galle.

Young left-hander Suresh Raina was nominated in the best Twenty20 batsmen category for his whirlwind 101 against South Africa during the World Twenty20 at St Lucia.

Left-arm seamer Ashish Nehra is in the running for the best ODI bowler award, for his four-wicket effort against Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup final in Dambulla.

India's spin spearhead Harbhajan Singh is in the running in?the best Test bowling performance category for his five for 59 against South Africa in the second Test at Kolkata.

However, there is no Indian nominated for the best Twenty20 bowling performance.

In the best ODI batsman category, Sehwag also finds a nomination for his 110-run knock against New Zealand in Dambulla on a tricky, bowling-friendly pitch.

Kohli was nominated?on the basis of his 118-run innings against Australia in Visakhapatnam where India was set a target of 290 and had stumbled to 35 for two.

But with his gritty knock and help from Yuvraj Singh and Raina, Kohli put India back on track.