13 Sep 2011

Dhoni named as captain of ODI team of year

5:59 am on 13 September 2011

Indian captain MS Dhoni has been named skipper of the International Cricket Council's one day team of the year, with six countries represented in the 12 man line-up.

Dhoni makes his fourth consecutive appearance in the team.

The Indian star is joined by fellow ICC ODI Team of the Year 2009 members AB de Villiers of South Africa and Shane Watson of Australia.

There are four Indians in the side, all of whom were involved in India's ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 victory over Sri Lanka in Mumbai in April of the year.

Sri Lanka's Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara and Lasith Malinga, who were all part of the side that lost out to Dhoni's men in the final on April the 2nd at Wankhede Stadium, have also been selected in the team.

England spinner Greame Swan, Pakistan's pacemane Umar Gul and South African quick Dale Steyn make up the rest of the line-up.

ICC ODI Team of the Year (in batting order)

Tillakaratne Dilshan (SL)

Virender Sehwag (Ind)

Kumar Sangakkara (SL)

AB de Villiers (SA)

Shane Watson (Aus)

Yuvraj Singh (Ind)

MS Dhoni (Ind, wicketkeeper/captain)

Graeme Swann (Eng)

Umar Gul (Pak)

Dale Steyn (SA)

Zaheer Khan (Ind)

12th Man - Lasith Malinga (SL)