Bengaluru: Indian captain Virat Kohli and spin ace Ravichandran Ashwin were on Wednesday night honoured for their phenomenal run of form through the season at the BCCI Awards Night 2017.
Kohli won the Polly Umrigar award for best international player of 2015/16, becoming the first player to get the award three times.
Much like his skipper, Ashwin too has been on a record-breaking spree in the ongoing season, winning the CK Nayudu award for his performance in the West Indies in 2016. He picked up 17 wickets in four Tests, including a haul of 7/83 in North Sound.
On receiving the award, Kohli said, "It's been quite unbelievable the last 10 to 12 months. I am not bothered who thinks what. This is the attitude in dressing room. We learn to win together and lose together. I wanted to be the best in all formats. I saw it as an opportunity and I decided to follow a path and the whole team believed it."
Former India wicketkeeper Farookh Engineer, who delivered the MAK Pataudi lecture, had nothing but only praise for the legendary captain.
Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland was also present on the occasion.
Engineer urged everyone to know and respect the contributions made by Pataudi to Indian cricket, saying that the Tiger was "still a world-class player despite losing one eye".
Here’s a look at the complete list of the winners:
|Col CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award||Rajinder Goel, Padmakar Shivalkar|
|BCCI Lifetime Achievement Award for women||Shantha Rangaswamy|
|BCCI Special Award||VV Kumar, Late Ramakant Desai|
|Polly Umrigar Award||Virat Kohli|
|Dilip Sardesai Award (For India’s best cricketer in the West Indies series 2016)||Ravichandran Ashwin|
|Lala Amarnath Award for the best all-rounder in the Ranji Trophy||Jalaj Saxena of Madhya Pradesh|
|Lala Amarnath Award for the best all-rounder in domestic limited-overs competitions||Axar Patel of Gujarat|
|Madavrao Scindin Award (Highest scorer in the Ranji Trophy)||Shreyas Iyer of Mumbai|
|Madavrao Scindin Award (Highest wicket-taker in the Ranji Trophy)||Shahbaz Nadeem of Jharkhand|
|MA Chidambaram Trophy (Highest scorer in (U-23) Col CK Nayudu Trophy||Jay G Bosta of Mumbai|
|MA Chidambaram Trophy (Highest wicket-taker in (U-23) Col CK Nayudu Trophy||Satyajeet Bachhav of Maharashtra|
|NKP Salve Award (Highest scorer in (U-19) Cooch Behar Trophy||Arman Jaffer of Mumbai|
|NKP Salve Award (Highest wicket-taker in (U-19) Cooch Behar Trophy||Ninad Rathva of Baroda|
|Raj Singh Dungarpur Award ( Highest scorer in (U-16) Vijay Merchant Trophy||Abhishek Sharma of Punjab|
|Raj Singh Dungarpur Award ( Highest wicket-taker in (U-16) Vijay Merchant Trophy||Abhishek Sharma of Punjab|
|Jagmohan Dalmiyra Award (Best Woman cricketer (Sr)||Mithali Raj of Railways|
|Jagmohan Dalmiyra Award (Best Woman cricketer (Jr)||Deepti Sharma of Uttar Pradesh|
|Best Umpire in Domestic cricket||Nitin Menon|
|Best performance in BCCI Domestic tournaments||Mumbai Cricket Association|
With inputs from PTI