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Dhoni bags People’s Choice Award

dhoniAgencies, Mumbai
After master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the second Indian cricketer  to have won the 2013 ICC People’s Choice Award.
Dhoni has now become only the third cricketer to win  the coveted prize after Tendulkar, who won it in 2010, and Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara, who won it in 2011 and 2012.

‘’This is one of the awards that has given me tremendous satisfaction, since it comes from the key stakeholders of the game – the fans,’’ Dhoni said in a statement.

‘’Recognition from the people who support and encourage us day in and day out only inspires me to put in that much more, and go the extra mile for them. I would like to thank all those people who have voted in my favour.’’ Dhoni is currently in South Africa with the Indian team.
On behalf of the Indian skipper, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Sanjay Patel received the award.
The award was voted upon by approximately 188,000 fans around the world.  On winning the People’s Choice award, Dhoni said: “This is one of the awards that has given me tremendous satisfaction, since it comes from the key stakeholders of the game – the fans. Recognition from the people who support and encourage us day in and day out, only inspires me to put in that much more, and go the extra mile for them. I would like to thank all those people who have voted in my favour.”

It’s been a period of wildly fluctuating fortunes for Dhoni. He had the disappointments of losing the home Test series to England and an ODI series to Pakistan. India had also failed to qualify for the 2012 World Twenty20 knockouts. Dhoni had to witness the near disintegration of his IPL franchise during the spot-fixing and betting scandal. He has put all of that behind him to lead the Indian team astutely to key wins, including the ICC Champions Trophy in England and the twin wins in Tests and ODIs against Australia.

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