Rohit Sharma congratulated MS Dhoni on winning the ICC spirit of cricket award of the decade.© AFP
MS Dhoni, the former captain of India, won the International Cricket Council Spirit of Cricket Award Of The Decade on Monday. The wicket-keeper-batsman won the award for his decision to call Ian Bell back after the former England batsman was bizarrely exhausted during a test match in 2011. The Indian cricket team’s official Instagram handle posted an image to congratulate Dhoni, who announced his retirement from international cricket on August 15, 2020, as he has put the spirit of the cricket prize of the decade in his pocket. While fans flooded the comments section with heartwarming messages for the former skipper, it was Rohit Sharma’s comment that stole the show.
Rohit, who is in Sydney for his mandatory 14-day quarantine, responded to the news and said “hats off”.
In addition to Dhoni, Indian captain Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson, Brendon McCullum and Mahela Jayawardene were also nominated.
At the ICC awards, Virat Kohli took two top honors by winning the ICC award for ODI Male Cricketer of the Year and the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers Award for ICC Male Cricketer of the Decade.
Australia’s prolific run scorer Steve Smith was named ICC Men’s Test Cricketer of the Decade, while Afghan spinner Rashid Khan took home the T20I Cricketer of the Decade award.
Smith scored over 7,000 runs in the game’s longest format in the past decade, reaching 26 centuries. On the other hand, Rashid took 89 wickets.
In the women’s category, Australian all-rounder Ellyse Perry won all three awards.
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