14 Apr 2011

Tendulkar named cricketer of the year

5:52 am on 14 April 2011

Sachin Tendulkar has been named Wisden's Cricketer of the Year for 2010.

It caps off a great year for the little master who played a big part in India's World Cup victory.

Tendulkar's honour from the cricketing bible means India has won the accolade three years running following the back-to-back awards for Virender Sehwag in each of the previous two years.

It follows another prolific run-scoring year for the 37-year-old, who rattled off more than 1,500 Test runs including seven Test hundreds, including a record 50th overall, in 2010.

Tendulkar is also on the brink of hitting 100 international centuries, currently on 99. He also became the first player to hit a double-century in a one-day international.