From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.34 :: NO.24 :: Jun. 16, 2011
Sachin Tendulkar and former all-rounder Salim Durrani bagged top honours, while the World Cup-winning Indian team led by skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was felicitated by the Cricket Board at its annual awards function in Mumbai on May 31.
Tendulkar was bestowed with the ‘Polly Umrigar Award for India's best cricketer of 2009-10' and received a trophy and cheque for Rs five lakh, while Durrani was felicitated with the C. K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award for which he received a trophy, a cheque for Rs 15 lakh and a citation.
Members of the World Cup-winning Indian team were felicitated and presented cheques worth Rs. two crore each by BCCI President Shashank Manohar and BCCI Secretary N. Srinivasan. The support staff of the team too were honoured and presented cheques of Rs. 50 lakh each as declared by the Cricket Board earlier.
However, former coach Gary Kirsten, mental conditioning coach Paddy Upton and bowling consultant coach Eric Simmons were absent.
Among those present were members of the 1983 World Cup-winning squad, including the then skipper Kapil Dev, Balwinder Singh Sandhu, Dilip Vengsarkar, Sandeep Patil and Yashpal Sharma.
On the occasion, Dhoni thanked fans for supporting the team and said that winning the coveted trophy after 28 long years was a proud moment.
“I thank all of you for the support we got throughout the World Cup. Hundred crore people supported us in the country as well as outside. It was a great moment for us.
“When you play for the country, the one thing you want to win is the World Cup. It is a proud moment for all of us. The victory was achieved thanks to the combination of experienced players and youngsters. We exploited the conditions really well. It was a great moment.”
After receiving the best Indian Cricketer Award, Tendulkar thanked his team-members and also lauded the role played by Dhoni and the support staff in India's second World Cup win.
Durrani, who represented India in 29 Tests scoring 1,202 runs at an average of 25 and took 75 wickets, recalled the exploits of Col. Nayudu in a domestic match that he played while representing Rajasthan in 1958.
K Hariharan was named the ‘Umpire of the Year' and was presented with a cheque of Rs. 50,000.
The other awardees (October 2009-September 2010):
Madhavrao Scindia Award (Highest Scorer in Ranji Trophy): Manish Pandey.
Madhavrao Scindia Award (Highest wicket-taker in Ranji Trophy): Abhimanyu Mithun.
M. A. Chidambaram Trophy (Best Under-16 cricketer): B. Aparajith.
M. A. Chidambaram Trophy (Best Under-19 cricketer): Bhargav Merai.
M. A. Chidambaram Trophy (Best Under-22 cricketer): Nataraj Behera.
M. A. Chidambaram Trophy (Best woman cricketer): M. D. Thirushkamini.
M. A. Chidambaram Trophy (Best woman cricketer junior): Reva Arora.
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