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Dhoni, Pujara get dual nominations

Calcutta: Team India have been having a great year, winning almost every series/tournament that they played. And that Mahendra Singh Dhoni played a crucial role in climbing those peaks was evident when the India captain was declared winner of ICC LG People’s Choice Award, on Tuesday.

Not only that, Dhoni’s name has also been short-listed for two more awards — Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for the ICC Cricketer of the Year and ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year.

While Dhoni is the lone Indian to feature in the shortlist of Cricketer of the Year award, he has the company of Shikhar Dhawan and Ravindra Jadeja in the shortlist of ODI Cricketer of the Year award.

The shortlist for the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year award has two Indians — Ravichandran Ashwin and Cheteshwar Pujara.

Pujara is also there in the shortlist of the Emerging Cricketer of the Year award. Alongside Pujara are New Zealand’s Trent Boult, Joe Root of England and Mitchell Starc of Australia.

The awards will be announced in a TV show that will be broadcast on December 14.

Besides the Indians, England’s James Anderson, South Africa’s Hashim Amla and Australia captain Michael Clarke have all been short-listed for the top honours at this year’s ICC Awards.

The three cricketers have been short-listed for both the ICC Cricketer of the Year and the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year, with the awards to be announced in a TV show that will be broadcast on December 14.