No one here is a Dhoni hater. Just to get it right. But the facts speak for themselves. Cannot help if you are too blind to see that.
Btw, his inclusion and naming him captain of the ICC XI does not surprise me one bit. The team that they have selected is grossly stupid. You dont seem to find the likes of Amla or De Villiers in. But you do have a great cricketer leading it who led his side to 'zero' finals last year.[+ 1 defeat vs Bangaldesh]
3 Cheers for the ICC
If you take the top 15 run scorers (600+ runs) against the top eight countries from August 4 2011 and August 6 2012, the six players who average over 40 are the six batsmen in the ODI team of the year, hence the ICC have got it 100% spot on.
1. Dhoni (India) - 838 @ 76
2. Kohli (India) - 1667 @ 67
3. Clarke (Aus) - 759 @ 51
4. Cook (Eng) - 882 @ 46
5. Sangakkara (SL) - 1451 @ 44
6. Gambhir (India) - 993 @ 43
Batting records | One-Day Internationals | Cricinfo Statsguru | ESPN Cricinfo
The qualification period is August To August, not mid Sep to mid Sep, hence Amla's domination of England doesn't count. These are his proper stats through the qualification period, in which he only played 8 ODI games, hence my original stats were correct...
Through those 8 games yes he did average 52, but he only scored 419 runs while the likes of Kohli and Sanga scored 3 - 4 times that. Using a moderate qualification (600+ runs) like I did above, he doesn't make the cut, and using that qualification the top six batsmen average wise are the exact top six in the ICC ODI team.
Using a low qualification of 400+ runs against the top eight teams, only two of the top six would be the same as above, because AB, Taylor (Zim), KP, and Amla would all be there despite all playing less than 10 games.
So it's not a joke that he's not there, he's not there because he didn't play enough ODI cricket during the qualification period...
How is that relevant, when the team was selected based on ODIs played "between August 4, 2011 and August 6, 2012"?