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Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara has been named the ODI Cricketer of the Year for 2011 during the ICC Awards ceremony in London. Sangakkara also won the ICC People's Choice Award, capping a memorable evening for him.

"It's a great honour first of all to have been nominated for this award [ODI Cricketer] and a great honour to have actually won it," said Sangakkara, who was not in London because of the ongoing home series against Australia.

"I would like to thank the rest of my 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."

Sangakkara played 25 ODIs in the period under consideration - August 11, 2010 to August 3, 2011 - and scored 1049 runs at an average of 55.21 including a century and seven half-centuries. He also had 26 catches and 10 stumpings as wicketkeeper and led Sri Lanka to the final of the 2011 World Cup.

Sangakkara won the ODI award ahead of Australia's Shane Watson, India's Gautam Gambhir and South Africa's Hashim Amla.

For the People's Choice Award, Sangakkara received more votes than Amla, England batsman Jonathan Trott, West Indies opener Chris Gayle and India captain MS Dhoni.

Source: espncricinfo
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  • Elmer Cramer Wednesday, 14 September 2011 04:06 AM

    Congratulations, we are all proud of you, You should really
    think about accepting the Captaincy once again, I wonder what
    Umpire Darrel Hair has to say about this ? he tried hard to
    be unfair with Murali & end his carrier & he went on to bag
    800 wickets, what a great honor to have players of your
    standing in the S/L team.

    Pala Tuesday, 13 September 2011 03:11 AM

    Congrats Sanga. You deserve it. I wonder what the big mouth Ravi Shastri has to say about this.

    rais Tuesday, 13 September 2011 03:08 AM

    congrats sanga....

    meranchi Tuesday, 13 September 2011 03:13 AM

    he is the best and deserve cricketer of the year.....i

    Bambuwa Tuesday, 13 September 2011 03:22 AM

    Congragz Man...

    SAGARA PANDIKORALA Tuesday, 13 September 2011 03:16 AM

    We are really proud of you, Sanga. We feel you should have been there to receive the award. By the way you must take up the captaincy once again and lead the team for the next world cup as we have seen some inexperienced people are handling the job.

    Tutus Tatoo Tuesday, 13 September 2011 07:24 AM

    you are the best! Congradulations! You have always done your country proud.

    LIMA Tuesday, 13 September 2011 03:18 AM

    sanga deserves more than others, when compared with the competitors , others are nothing , cannot even come closer , what credibility others have

    The God Father Tuesday, 13 September 2011 03:21 AM

    This Champ deserves it very much.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Tuesday, 13 September 2011 03:24 AM

    Another great achievement after that great performance at the Lord's with his memorable speech. Sangakkara has really made this country proud. Congratulations.

    chitra. Tuesday, 13 September 2011 07:53 AM

    Congratulations Sanga,well deserve Award.You are an all rounder on and off the field.After the speech you gave at Lord's in London,no surprise.We expected you to get the Award.

    Kamiss Tuesday, 13 September 2011 04:34 AM

    A GREAT MOMENT OF PRIDE FOR ALL SRI LANKANS. CONGRATULATIONS SANGA!

    paul Tuesday, 13 September 2011 08:21 AM

    HE IS THE BEST EVER CRICKERTER MOTHER LAND HAS PRODUSED. SERV THE COUNTRY LIKE SANA BOY WITH YOUR WELL GROOMED ALLROUND TALENTS.

    dan Tuesday, 13 September 2011 08:15 AM

    Respice Finem Sanga!

    tham Tuesday, 13 September 2011 04:41 AM

    congratzzzzzz sangaaa
    U r da best player i have ever seen...

    Konde Bendapucheenaa Tuesday, 13 September 2011 05:00 AM

    Well Done Sanga

    Lal Medawatte Tuesday, 13 September 2011 08:43 AM

    No doubt Sanga has made all Sri Lankans proud. But at the time Snaga and Sri Lankan Cricket are honored through this award can we really be happy with what is going on with our team. It is clear that the captaincy is in wrong hand. In the interest of Sri Lankan Cricket, I would think Sanga should be entrusted with the captaincy to bring back the glory again.

    Reader Tuesday, 13 September 2011 05:07 AM

    more than anything else i like his quote " I would like to thank the rest of my team-mates, they have done a great job over the years in one-day cricket and I am privileged to be part of this"

    Sammy Tuesday, 13 September 2011 05:09 AM

    Congrats Sanga, you are a worthy winner.

    saj Tuesday, 13 September 2011 05:11 AM

    and proud to be a Trinitian!!

    Lal Tuesday, 13 September 2011 05:19 AM

    We are proud of you as SrI Lanken. you also managed to keep away from politicians that made me to respect you so much.

    93 EVER Tuesday, 13 September 2011 06:22 PM

    WEL DONE SANGHA U R THE ULTIMATE STAR OF OUR COUNTRY ,MAY ALLAH GIV U MORE VICTRIES EVER

    Game Kolla Tuesday, 13 September 2011 05:27 AM

    Sanga...please keep up your good work....and play straight in cricket and otherwise.

    Sham Tuesday, 13 September 2011 05:29 AM

    Great Sanga, happy to my favourite get the award. Great player, great captain. Great choice by ICC.

    Well done, congrates

    Hillary Tuesday, 13 September 2011 05:36 AM

    Congrats Sanga.

    Anthony Tuesday, 13 September 2011 05:36 AM

    As Srilankans we should be proud of Sanga.He is humble and gracious in his approach
    He has mastered his cricket as well as orator he proved himself to the world Sri Lankan cricket is !
    May he be blessed to continue is good work on and off the field

    TT Tuesday, 13 September 2011 11:56 AM

    whilts congratulating sanga i fully agree that he should be the captain again.the team was much more united and we played like true lions

    sriyan Tuesday, 13 September 2011 05:47 AM

    Well done,Great captain and we are proud of you.

    mihlar Tuesday, 13 September 2011 05:49 AM

    I heard your London speech, just fascinating
    I have seen your cover drives, just scintillating
    I heard your resignation, just brave deciding
    I heard your Nomination, Just a nice feeling
    Well done Sanga!!!

    Tilak Tuesday, 13 September 2011 06:02 AM

    Well done Sanga, You are a true ambassador of Sri Lanka.

    sir Don Batsman Tuesday, 13 September 2011 12:11 PM

    Congrads You have done better than me.

    Freedom Tuesday, 13 September 2011 06:08 AM

    welll done congratssssssssssssss

    S.Dilruk Tuesday, 13 September 2011 06:13 AM

    Kandians & Trinitians can't make this award. That was based on E-mail Votings around the world. No doubt that Sanga is a unique product of mother Sri Lanka.

    Dharshana Tuesday, 13 September 2011 06:14 AM

    Congrat Sanga.

    Sarada Tuesday, 13 September 2011 09:13 AM

    sanga why don't you regain the caption at least next world cup. Its look like team is strangling under new caption.

    P. Thrimawithana Wednesday, 14 September 2011 08:34 AM

    Dear Sanga
    Congratulations. You deserved this ICC award, i.e. because of yr. behavior, attitudes, the style of playing, team work, how u spk and so on. Keep on. We like you a lot as a cricketer and more as the SL Captain. Come back to the same posiition and show more of yr colours with other Crickers, like Malinga and others. Best of luck.

    Oyage sudu kella Tuesday, 13 September 2011 07:07 AM

    Congrats Sanga my boy. You are my hero.

    Ishani Malmuthu Tuesday, 13 September 2011 07:06 AM

    Congrats Sanga.
    well done .. wishing u all the very best

    gerry Tuesday, 13 September 2011 07:06 AM

    this is just the beginning

    TT Tuesday, 13 September 2011 07:11 AM

    congratulations sanga

    Akila Tuesday, 13 September 2011 02:53 AM

    Proud to be Sri Lankan. Wish you Best Sanga.
    More proud to be a Kandyan.

    welvidhane Tuesday, 13 September 2011 03:02 AM

    Congrajulations Sanga, You deserve a lot. Please do much to cricket and to Sri Lanka. Never leave our beautiful country.

    N izam - Dubai Tuesday, 13 September 2011 02:56 AM

    Congrats... Sanga you are the guy, you deserve it, Well done and keep going wish you all the best....


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