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Last Updated: Wednesday, 8 September, 2004, 07:06 GMT 08:06 UK
Dravid on top of the world
Rahul Dravid
Dravid will now turn his attention to playing in the Champions Trophy
Indian batsman Rahul Dravid has been officially recognised as the world's best cricketer at the inaugural ICC awards in London.

Dravid collected the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy after being named Overall Player of the Year and was also chosen as top Test player.

He scored 1,241 runs at an average of 95 during the qualifying period.

"I am so happy to be recognised by some really great people. This means so much to me," he commented.

After many years spent in the shadow of team-mate Sachin Tendulkar, Dravid's talent blossomed in 2003-04.

He hit three double centuries during the qualifying period for the awards - 222 against New Zealand in Ahmedabad, 233 against Australia in Adelaide and 270 against Pakistan at Rawalpindi.

Dravid received 64 votes as Overall Player of the Year, 20 more than runner-up Andrew Flintoff, who received consolation when he won the one-day award.

"He has demonstrated his outstanding skill over the course of the year and showed his consistency and ability to play well at home and abroad.

"It was Rahul's peers and colleagues who voted on this award, so he is indeed a worthy winner," said International Cricket Council president Ehsan Mani.

Irfan Pathan

India's Irfan Pathan was also honoured at the awards ceremony, dubbed criket's Oscars, when he was named as Emerging Player of the Year.

Pathan, who received 100 votes to Pakistan batsman Yasir Hameed's 75, took 16 Test wickets and 36 in one-day internationals during the qualifying period.

The 19-year-old learned how to play the game while growing up in a mosque where his father is the muezzin.

"My family has supported me a lot as well as my coaches, right throughout my career. Everyone has helped me and I'd like to thank them all," he said.




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