Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara won two Awards at the ICC Award ceremony held in London today. Sri Lankan wicket keeper batsman was named ODI Cricketer of the year 2011 and Sanga also won the ICC People’s choice award. Kumar Sangakkara was unable to attend the cermony but I am sure this must be a memmorable evening for him. Sangakkara appreciated his achivements saying “It’s a great honour first of all to have been nominated for the ICC ODI Cricketer and a great honour to have actually won it,”.
Sangakkara also thanked his team mates. “They have done a great job over the years in one-day cricket and I am privileged to be part of this and [to have] led these guys for just over two years. I thank you again, I feel very very proud.”
Kumar Sangakkara played 25 ODI matches during the time period (August 11, 2010 to August 3, 2011) and has scored 1049 runs at an avarage of 55.21. Sanga has scored a centuary and a seven half centuries. Sangakkara has also had 10 stumpings and 26 catches as a wicketkeeper. Kumar Sangakkara also lead the Sri Lankan team to the final of ICC Cricket world cup 2011.
Kumar Sangakkara won the People’s Choice Award for which he had the contest with South African Hashim Amla, English batsman Jonathan Trott, West Indies opener Chris Gayle and Indian captain MS Dhoni. It looks like Sangakkara got the votes from all around the world and we all know cricket fans all around the world admire him as a true gentleman and a sprtsman.
Kumar was the only player to win two awards at the ICC Cricket Award night. Earlier this year, Sangakkara delivered MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey lecture and was also nominated captain of the 2011 world test cricket team.
England batsman Jonathan Trott was named cricketer of the year and England opener Alastair Cook won the test cricketer of the year 2011 award. West Indies leg spinner Devendra Bishoo won the emerging player of the year award.New Zealad fast bowler Tim Southee won the Award for the T20 International performance of the year for his spell of 5 for 18 against Pakistan in Auckland. Aleem Dar, the Pakistan Umpire, won the Umpire of the Year award. Nethralands all rounder, Ryan ten Doeschate won the ICC associate and affiliate player of the year award for the third time in four years. Indian captain MS Dhoni who lead Indian team to win ICC Cricket world cup and to the number one position in test ranking in 2011 won the Spirit of Cricket Accolade.
ed his team mates. “They have done a great job over the years in one-day cricket and I am privileged to be part of this and [to have] led these guys for just over two years. I thank you again, I feel very very proud.”wards at the ICC Cricket Award night. Earlier this year, Sangakkara delivered
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