Mahendra Singh Dhoni remained in line for twin honours at the LG ICC Awards 2008 while his Team India colleagues Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh and Ishant Sharma were also nominated in various categories for cricket’s version of Oscar to be given away in Dubai on Wednesday.
Yuvraj’s scintillating display in the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup, especially his six sixes off a Stuart Broad over, got him a nomination for the newly-introduced Twenty20 International Performance of the Year category, where he would have to vie with, among others, his captain Dhoni.
Dhoni is also in the hunt for the ODI Player of the Year award. He faces competition from compatriot Sachin Tendulkar, who made the cut, thanks to the 1310 runs he scored during the past one year.
Ishant, courtesy his sensational performance in the away Test series against Australia, is among the four youngsters in hunt for the Emerging Player of the Year but the lanky Indian would have to beat, among others, Sri Lankan mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis to lay his hands on the award.
ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat, who announced the shortlist here today, said these awards would be a perfect celebration of some of the cricketing milestones.