Call it a paradox. Amid reports of his retirement, Sachin Tendulkar is the only Indian player to have found a place in the International Cricket Council's World One-Day team. The awards were announced in Johannesburg late Monday.
Not surprisingly, Australia's Ricky Ponting was named the Player and Captain of the Year. But surprisingly, Indian all-rounder Jhulan Goswami won the Women Cricketer of the Year.
Both the ODI and Test teams were selected by a specially appointed selection panel chaired by Sunil Gavaskar. Ricky Ponting, again, has been named the captain of both the teams.
Player of the Year: Ricky Ponting
Captain of The Year: Ricky Ponting
Women Cricketer of The Year: Jhulan Goswami
Test Player of The Year: Mohammed Yousuf
ODI player of The Year: Matthew Hayden
Emerging Player of the Year: Shaun Tait
Associate Player of the Year: Thomas Odoyo
Umpire of the Year: Simon Taufel
Spirit of Cricket Award: Sri Lanka
The World ODI Team of the Year (in batting order) is:
Matthew Hayden (Aus), Sachin Tendulkar (Ind), Ricky Ponting (Aus, captain), Kevin Pietersen (Eng), S Chanderpaul (WI), Jacques Kallis (SA), Mark Boucher (SA, wicket-keeper) Chaminda Vaas (SL), Shane Bond (NZ) Muttiah Muralidharan (SL), Glenn McGrath (Aus) 12th man: Michael Hussey (Aus)
The World Test Team of the Year (in batting order) is: Matthew Hayden (Aus), Michael Vaughan (Eng), Ricky Ponting (Aus, captain), Mohammad Yousuf (Pak), Kevin Pietersen (Eng) Michael Hussey (Aus), Kumar Sangakkara (SL, wicketkeeper) Stuart Clark (Aus), Makhaya Ntini (SA), Mohammad Asif (Pak) Muttiah Muralidaran (SL), 12th man: Zaheer Khan (Ind).