India news May 31, 2011

Tendulkar, Durani honoured at BCCI awards

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Sachin Tendulkar has been named India's cricketer of the year at the BCCI awards in Mumbai, while former allrounder Salim Durani, who helped shape India's maiden Test win in the West Indies in 1971, received the lifetime achievement award.

Tendulkar scored 1064 runs in ten Tests between October 2009 and September 2010 - the period for which the awards were presented - at an average of 82.00, besides scoring one-day cricket's first double-hundred.

Durani, a left-hand batsman and left-arm spinner who played 29 Tests between 1960 and 1973, was renowned for his six-hitting prowess. He bowled India to victory over England in 1961-62, picking up eight and ten wickets in wins in Calcutta and Madras. Almost a decade later he was instrumental in India's victory over West Indies in Port of Spain, claiming the big wickets of Clive Lloyd and Gary Sobers.

India's World Cup-winning team and support staff were also honoured at the awards. Talking about the achievement, India captain MS Dhoni said his team did well to capitalise on the home advantage during the World Cup. "When you play for the country, the one thing you want to win is the World Cup," he said. "It is a proud moment for all of us. We exploited the conditions really well."

Karnataka's Manish Pandey picked up the award for best batsman in domestic cricket, having scored 882 runs in nine Ranji Trophy matches. Fast bowler Abhimanyu Mithun, who claimed 47 wickets in the competition, was named best bowler.

List of award winners

CK Nayudu Award for lifetime achievement: Salim Durani

Best Cricket Association of the Year for overall performance: Maharashtra

Best domestic umpire: K Hariharan

Polly Umrigar Award for cricketer of the year: Sachin Tendulkar

Madhavrao Scindia Award for most runs in domestic cricket: Manish Pandey

Madhavrao Scindia Award for most wickets in domestic cricket: Abhimanyu Mithun

M A Chidambaram Trophy for best Under-16 cricketer: Tamil Nadu's B Aparajith

M A Chidambaram Trophy for best Under-19 cricketer:Gujarat's Bhargav Merai

M A Chidambaram Trophy for best Under-22 cricketer: Orissa's Natraj Behera

M A Chidambaram Trophy for best woman cricketer: MD Thirushkamini

M A Chidambaram Trophy for best junior woman cricketer: Reva Arora

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  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2011, 23:03 GMT

    I am honor and previledge to been coached by Mr.Salim Durrani Father Mr.Master Aziz who produce Little Master Hanif Mohammad/Mushtaq Mohammad/Sadiq Mohammad/Jawed Miandad/Qasim Omer/SikenderBakht/Mansoor Akther/Mohsin Hasan Khan/Iqbal Qasim/WasimBariZaheer Abbas/Asif Iqbal/AnilDilpat/Walis Mathis/Antou D'Souza/Taslim Arif/Myself and many more he was one of the best coach ever in Sub-Continant ever produce.I think both paksitan and india should honor him to for his great service.

  • POSTED BY bigdhonifan on | June 2, 2011, 23:00 GMT

    there may be 1000 Captains better than Sachin, But there is no Batsman better than him!!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2011, 21:55 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar is the greatest batsmen for all time no doubt it.He is been helped by all past and present cricketers.He is one the greatest human being on earth so humble and down to earth great role model for all around the world.Pakistan should learn from india how they respect there past and present cricketers and other person in the cricket administration.I have honor to meet Sachin Tendulkar recived awards from the great batsmen MR.SUNIL GAVASKER.Honor to played with MR.KAPIL DEV.I always admire indian cricketers they are simple down to earth.

  • POSTED BY emarald on | June 2, 2011, 19:02 GMT

    Our former cricketers do have pension from BCCI.

  • POSTED BY bismoy on | June 2, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    @Raghav Endran For sometime i was astonished how a avg player in test with carrer avg of 41 can outscore sachin by 100 run....

    Now the Fact: Year 2010 Sachin is leading run scorer in world with 1562 at avg of 78 Year 2007 Saurav 2nd highest run getter in world with 1106 runs at avg of 61

    Please dont compare apple with orange and tell orange is better.......

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | June 2, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    @us_Indian: Well said Sir. I played league cricket in Hyderabad with Abid Ali, when he was a WK/batsmen. We used to call him Naya Daur because of his fast running.I see so many comments about Tendulkar in this column. Sachin is undoubtedly the greaest batsmen in the world. But India must not forget the preceding Indian greats who made the game what it is today. BCCI must recognize the old greats who barely made livlihood during their playing days and are struggling to make ends meet in their retired years. You had to belong to rich family to play cricket about 40 to 50 years ago. Now good cricketers like Sachin & Dhoni are earning well over $50 Million/year in endorsements. The older generation of cricketers dating right up to 2000 barely made a living out of cricket. There were many Yusuf Pathans before but they did not earn Millions.So rich BCCI, besides making profit must also reward the past greats monetarily in form of a pension after entering some of them in Hall of Fame.

  • POSTED BY The_Dynamite_Kid on | June 2, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    @aarpee2: 3 consecutive series wins against Sri Lanka, Australia and South Africa? Which world do you live in? We drew in Sri Lanka, won against Australia in India, and drew in South Africa. Who scored 98 in the 1st innings of the 1st Test against Australia? Who scored a double century in the 1st innings and an unbeaten half century in the 2nd innings of the 2st Test against Australia? Who won the MOS award in the series against Australia? Who saved India from a series loss against South Africa by scoring 146 in the 1st innings of the 3rd Test?

  • POSTED BY aarpee2 on | June 2, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    India are also No1 TEST Team.3 successive series wins were crafted by VVS Laxman in the company of tail-enders, ishant,Harbhajan and Zaheer against SL,Aus + SA over the 2010-2 of them being away series..Yet BCCI chose to ignore this achievement when even the govt awarded him a Padma Sree.. How many such examples do we have in our history when one man made the difference consisitently....pity we make the 'ordinary as extra-ordinary' and yet we fail to recognise a true selfless genius that VVS truly is-an unsung hero if ever there was one.

  • POSTED BY emarald on | June 2, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    @rocky BCCI celebreted 25th anniversary of 83 world cup with the former players including Kapildev that too aftermath the ICL saga.

  • POSTED BY div09 on | June 2, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    i agree with you Raghav Endran. Dada should have got that award but even Sachin deserved this one

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2011, 23:03 GMT

    I am honor and previledge to been coached by Mr.Salim Durrani Father Mr.Master Aziz who produce Little Master Hanif Mohammad/Mushtaq Mohammad/Sadiq Mohammad/Jawed Miandad/Qasim Omer/SikenderBakht/Mansoor Akther/Mohsin Hasan Khan/Iqbal Qasim/WasimBariZaheer Abbas/Asif Iqbal/AnilDilpat/Walis Mathis/Antou D'Souza/Taslim Arif/Myself and many more he was one of the best coach ever in Sub-Continant ever produce.I think both paksitan and india should honor him to for his great service.

  • POSTED BY bigdhonifan on | June 2, 2011, 23:00 GMT

    there may be 1000 Captains better than Sachin, But there is no Batsman better than him!!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2011, 21:55 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar is the greatest batsmen for all time no doubt it.He is been helped by all past and present cricketers.He is one the greatest human being on earth so humble and down to earth great role model for all around the world.Pakistan should learn from india how they respect there past and present cricketers and other person in the cricket administration.I have honor to meet Sachin Tendulkar recived awards from the great batsmen MR.SUNIL GAVASKER.Honor to played with MR.KAPIL DEV.I always admire indian cricketers they are simple down to earth.

  • POSTED BY emarald on | June 2, 2011, 19:02 GMT

    Our former cricketers do have pension from BCCI.

  • POSTED BY bismoy on | June 2, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    @Raghav Endran For sometime i was astonished how a avg player in test with carrer avg of 41 can outscore sachin by 100 run....

    Now the Fact: Year 2010 Sachin is leading run scorer in world with 1562 at avg of 78 Year 2007 Saurav 2nd highest run getter in world with 1106 runs at avg of 61

    Please dont compare apple with orange and tell orange is better.......

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | June 2, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    @us_Indian: Well said Sir. I played league cricket in Hyderabad with Abid Ali, when he was a WK/batsmen. We used to call him Naya Daur because of his fast running.I see so many comments about Tendulkar in this column. Sachin is undoubtedly the greaest batsmen in the world. But India must not forget the preceding Indian greats who made the game what it is today. BCCI must recognize the old greats who barely made livlihood during their playing days and are struggling to make ends meet in their retired years. You had to belong to rich family to play cricket about 40 to 50 years ago. Now good cricketers like Sachin & Dhoni are earning well over $50 Million/year in endorsements. The older generation of cricketers dating right up to 2000 barely made a living out of cricket. There were many Yusuf Pathans before but they did not earn Millions.So rich BCCI, besides making profit must also reward the past greats monetarily in form of a pension after entering some of them in Hall of Fame.

  • POSTED BY The_Dynamite_Kid on | June 2, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    @aarpee2: 3 consecutive series wins against Sri Lanka, Australia and South Africa? Which world do you live in? We drew in Sri Lanka, won against Australia in India, and drew in South Africa. Who scored 98 in the 1st innings of the 1st Test against Australia? Who scored a double century in the 1st innings and an unbeaten half century in the 2nd innings of the 2st Test against Australia? Who won the MOS award in the series against Australia? Who saved India from a series loss against South Africa by scoring 146 in the 1st innings of the 3rd Test?

  • POSTED BY aarpee2 on | June 2, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    India are also No1 TEST Team.3 successive series wins were crafted by VVS Laxman in the company of tail-enders, ishant,Harbhajan and Zaheer against SL,Aus + SA over the 2010-2 of them being away series..Yet BCCI chose to ignore this achievement when even the govt awarded him a Padma Sree.. How many such examples do we have in our history when one man made the difference consisitently....pity we make the 'ordinary as extra-ordinary' and yet we fail to recognise a true selfless genius that VVS truly is-an unsung hero if ever there was one.

  • POSTED BY emarald on | June 2, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    @rocky BCCI celebreted 25th anniversary of 83 world cup with the former players including Kapildev that too aftermath the ICL saga.

  • POSTED BY div09 on | June 2, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    i agree with you Raghav Endran. Dada should have got that award but even Sachin deserved this one

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2011, 6:48 GMT

    Height of Politics in BCCI, Sachin receives bcci award i.e. polly urmigar award for best cricketer of d year in 2010, scoring 1064 runs in 10 tests, felt gud, he was in terrific form without pressure throughout d year, when dada made a outstanding comeback, he was judged inn by inn, under pressure he scored 1106 runs + 6 wkts in 10 tests in 2007 n hailed king of comeback, why didnt dada received a single bcci award ?

  • POSTED BY abhi_srt on | June 2, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    Sachin is the right selection ! He is the greatest batsman india have ever produced ! I do not why some people compare dravid with sachin !

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2011, 21:50 GMT

    those who are saying..sachin is overrated...are simply creating..publicity stunt..either they have not seen him playing enough..or they.are frustated with themselves.."he is a champion"..instead of criticizing..we should..applaud..shame on..u people..does this sort of things happen in other countries"....look at the positive sides..life is too short..to blame..and criticize....give respect...take respect

  • POSTED BY MeowCat on | June 1, 2011, 20:27 GMT

    I dont like Tendulkar anymore,good for him and his supporters,but the indian supporters can turn a grain of salt into another planet.So overrated ,overrated to the C.O.R.E!

  • POSTED BY rahulcricindia on | June 1, 2011, 18:47 GMT

    @Nanak Periyara shameon you!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    good selections...tendulker is the best selection....

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    @Stevejohnson India getting smacked in West indies i dont think so

  • POSTED BY rocky on | June 1, 2011, 16:57 GMT

    Wonder why BCCI keeps deliberately ignoring 83' world cup winners.They have announced crores of rupees,felicitated the current players on numerous occasions. Only because Kapil Dev went on to form a renegade ICL they have never even acknowledged the 83 world cup winners.Remember these were the players who played purely for the nation's pride 'n except for 3-4 cricketers never really financially gained from the sport.

  • POSTED BY Divinetouch on | June 1, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    Congrats to the greatest batsman ever.

  • POSTED BY SachinIsTheGreatest on | June 1, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    Wow, our test team must be sensationally strong if the best batsman and best bowler don't merit a selection in any form of the game. Though the real truth would be the unholy alliance between Srikkanth and CSK!

  • POSTED BY kingcobra85 on | June 1, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    is this award for 2010 ? Surely for 2011 must go to MSD

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    @raghav gautam hey every individual wants to earn money even your favorite player rahul dravid too you lke dravid but it does not mean that you hate or comment sachin.. he is our country's pride... we should feel proud to say sare jahase acha sachin tendulkar hamara... but you are criticizing him...becoz he is greater that dravid... you are feeling jealous thats not fair....

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    According to him, Acting is his profession. Why give such valuable awards for cricket?

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    GOD OF CRICKET add another feather to his cap

  • POSTED BY adamgilly on | June 1, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    SACHIN a.k.a. GOD OF CRICKET!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Long live great man from India, your biggest fan from australia.... dont know why so many of my fellow countrymen feel jealous towards you... i worship you sir!!!! long live GOD!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    @ Nanak Periyara : I will tell u why all the hype around Tendulkar because he has done it ALL. And won it ALL. Remember it was under his captaincy that they got that far in the first place...when all the big names(Symonds,Pollard) in the MI line up were failing it was him and Ambati Rayudu who were doing all the work...Not for nothing is he the Ageless wonder.

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2011, 10:03 GMT

    Dear friend NANAK PERIYARA, if you had known even the A,B,C,D of cricket you would have not been saying this about THE GOD OF CRICKET.We dont want him as great captain or even its fine what MUMBAI INDIANS are doing under his leadership.Just see what he has done for the game.He has taken cricket to the highest level where people have started liking cricket after watching him play this game.Can you tell me one captain in the world who can match his cricketing records?????....I realy feel sorry for you my friend. "GET WELL SOON" !

  • POSTED BY The_Dynamite_Kid on | June 1, 2011, 8:17 GMT

    @Nanak Periyara: Ha, ha ... well that 'good for nothing' player is ranked #1 in ICC Test rankings currently. And he's in the team for his batting, not for his captaincy (which he isn't). That's M.S. Dhoni's job.

  • POSTED BY sksachinfans on | June 1, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    it is sad that sehwag was left out in that awards--shame!!!

  • POSTED BY stevejohnson1010 on | June 1, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    He is the one who always opts out of IND international matches to play in the IPL, it happened twice in a row? What about his loyalty? Is he truelly patriot? He asked for rest just when IND needs him most, when first choice players are injured. Would he watch in television IND getting smacked in WI sitting in the comfort of his luxurious house? Or all dreams are overs as he got to hold WC'11 in his hands?

  • POSTED BY Notredam on | June 1, 2011, 7:45 GMT

    What a great humble and super speech by MS Dhoni..HE is a legend..and lives in every corenr of the heart of all the Indians...living in India and abroad....be it Us,Uk,Canada,Aus etc...But for me he is the best all conquering legend..Remember..he said..i wont mind winning everything again..So 2 nd ipl he has got..now 2015 world cup and Champions trophy awaits..him..

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2011, 7:24 GMT

    at last manish pandey got some recognition

  • POSTED BY SasiGladi on | June 1, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    Nanak Periyara@ you meant sachin as good for nothing then you should be good for everything.....yes he is not up to the mark in captaincy alone but you cannot question his cricketing brain check out what the young players gave comment about his knowledge sharing in the Indian team (eg, Raina, Yuvaraj, Bhaji)...He never been a burden to Indian team if he sense that he will quit he wont for people like you who is good for everything to say that......

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2011, 6:46 GMT

    sachin sir,really proud of u as an indian,keep going & get bharat ratna

  • POSTED BY akhilhp on | June 1, 2011, 6:32 GMT

    @Nanak Periyara Wow man you have got a great analysis. SRT is playing in Indian team not to set fielsd not to rotate bowlers and batsmen. He is in Indian Team to bat and he is Batting very well these days (even in IPL he scored 500 odd runs) so Why the hell he shd retire....

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    Salim Durani was my childhood hero. He had a charisma which no one coulld match. Can't remember a lefthander who had so much grace, style and elegance. Figures do not do justice to the magic of his personality. He did not break records as a batsman not because he was outwitted, but because he was always trying to do the extraordinary. As a school boy, I saw him hit sixes at Ajmer's Mayo College when there were two fielders posted at midwicket. A foolhardy thing to do, but Durani did it because the crowd expected him to do it. Glad that he has got the CK Nayudu award.

  • POSTED BY US_Indian on | June 1, 2011, 6:11 GMT

    Sorry guys, I missed the name of the player in my earlier comment, most of the older generation people might have figured it out , which player I was talking about and if not here is the name, the player is SYED ABID ALI.

    See my earlier comment please.

  • POSTED BY rambo94 on | June 1, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    looks like a few people are growing too jealous of Sachin..He is the GOD OF CRICKET,whether you accept it or not, it will always remain true...I agree he hasn't been upto the mark in captaincy issues but that will never overshadow his glorious cricketing career...and please guys just have a look at his batting statistics before asking him to stop playing....remember a whole nation of a billion people backs him when goes out to bat.......long live THE GOD!!

  • POSTED BY NumberXI on | June 1, 2011, 4:12 GMT

    The most telling part of this piece was the last paragraph. Mithun and Pandey performed well in the 2010 Ranji Tropy, and while Mithun has come and gone (after one decent series where he outbowled Ishant Sharma, Indian cricket's golden boy), Pandey is about as close to selection as Sreesanth is to receiving a word or two of praise from his India captain. Maybe they should try playing for CSK in the next IPL!

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2011, 3:46 GMT

    I still dont understand why such a hype on tendulkar, he is good for nothing. MI lost just because of him, first he doesnt know how to set field for a particular batsmen and second he doent know how to rotate his bowlers or batsmen.

    Please Sachin its time for you to retire and please dont try to play anymore cricket( not even IPL Please)

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2011, 3:38 GMT

    I think MS Dhoni should selected as cricketer of the year, for his all round performance as captain,

  • POSTED BY sannthu_ckt on | June 1, 2011, 2:31 GMT

    @ Kml789 : Pandey was the highest run getter in the ranji season 2009-2010 . Mithun took the highest wickets (47 ) in the same season . The awards were for the year 2009-2010

  • POSTED BY cricket__fan on | May 31, 2011, 22:55 GMT

    I am glad that the services of Salim Durani have been recognised by the BCCI. According to Pataudi, Salim did not do full justice to his talents. As a youngster growing up in Mumbai, I remember watching Durani bat with style. And who can forget the 2 wickets he took (Sobers and Kanhai or Lloyd) to win the match for India in the West Indies in 197071.

  • POSTED BY Kml789 on | May 31, 2011, 22:08 GMT

    Someone needs to explain how either Pandey or Mithun got these awards. Seriously, Pandey - 629 runs in 14 innings at an average of 44 and SR 54 vs Badri, Sharma, Jaffer, Rahane and even his own teammate Verma, (http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ranjisuperleague2010/engine/records/batting/most_runs_career.html?id=5961;type=tournament)

    And Mithun, not even in the top ten wicket takers list, has there been a mistake and he been mistaken for Bhargav Bhatt who took 47 wickets? (Mithun actually only took 24)

  • POSTED BY on | May 31, 2011, 21:11 GMT

    Y manish not selected for WI tour ..?

  • POSTED BY on | May 31, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    congrats Sachin sir.. u deserve this award and all others.. may God bless u always sir!

  • POSTED BY on | May 31, 2011, 20:07 GMT

    God of Cricket...........

  • POSTED BY wiseshah on | May 31, 2011, 20:04 GMT

    Indian cricket is overrated. They destroyed world cricket by making ipl and icl and now scoring in a empty field

  • POSTED BY on | May 31, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    congrats Sachin sir.. u deserve this award and all others.. may God bless u always sir!

  • POSTED BY on | May 31, 2011, 19:59 GMT

    Mafiya od indian cricket got one more surprise.

  • POSTED BY gyaanguru on | May 31, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    congrats sachin. just keep scoring runs for the joy of your fans

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | May 31, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    It is great to see a past cricketer like Salim Durrani being rewarded.There is far too much focus on the presently active cricketers whilst the old timers are totally forgotten.Compared to present time cricketers, some of whom like Tendulkar & Dhoni make over $50 Million/year, the past greats like Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Chandrashekar, etc, including Durrani barely were able to make ends meet just playing cricket.At least by recognizing their services to the game, India can at least give them a pride place. There should a a "Hall of Fame" in which some of these past great cricketers can be inducted into in recognition of their yoeman's service to the game.Past cricketers like Merchant, Hazare, Mankad, Umrigar, Engineer, Surti, Chnadr, Prasanna, Bedi, Gupte,Borde, Jaisimha, Azharuddin, Manjrekar, Gavaskar, Kapil, etc should be automatiocally inducted into the Hall of Fame as these are the guys who built Indian cricket to what it is today. Let us not forget.

  • POSTED BY avi.archit on | May 31, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    Its a great achievement for all the cricketing and non cricketting fans of sachin!!!

  • POSTED BY rahulcricindia on | May 31, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    congrats to the great man another feather in the cap......now take a good rest and get ready for england and australia....

  • POSTED BY shaan_write2me on | May 31, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    I was doubtful whenever Commentators hail sachin saying that "He will beat all batting records by the time he retire", but after sachin scoring a double-hundred in ODI's... i strongly believe that he will surely surpass all batting records in Cricketing history... long live sachin.....

  • POSTED BY US_Indian on | May 31, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    It is good to see BCCI and the media still remembers players like Salim Durrani, who was the most under rated and under utilized allrounders in world cricket, as per Pataudi's book and Dilip Doshi's book and various comments by some world reknowned personalities like Kieth Miller and Sir Garfield Sobers himself both still regarded as the best allrounders to grace the field. It would be better if along with felicitating those great players also give them monetary benefits because those literally played for honour, pride and sportsmanship rather than for money, and were not so lucky as the current crop of players and also to involved them in some form of cricket administrative work. I am yet to see one of the best allrounders and the foundation stone behind the success of the famous spin quartet who by his splendid fielding alone could make into any team, but was underutliized and under rated even in those playing days, now atleast being felicitated, rewarded and his services utilised.

  • POSTED BY on | May 31, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    It is good that BCCI has felicitated the youngesters...the awards are a very good way to appreciate them...!...Congratulations Sachin and all other people who received awards..!...For Sachin...just one of those years.!

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  • POSTED BY on | May 31, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    It is good that BCCI has felicitated the youngesters...the awards are a very good way to appreciate them...!...Congratulations Sachin and all other people who received awards..!...For Sachin...just one of those years.!

  • POSTED BY US_Indian on | May 31, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    It is good to see BCCI and the media still remembers players like Salim Durrani, who was the most under rated and under utilized allrounders in world cricket, as per Pataudi's book and Dilip Doshi's book and various comments by some world reknowned personalities like Kieth Miller and Sir Garfield Sobers himself both still regarded as the best allrounders to grace the field. It would be better if along with felicitating those great players also give them monetary benefits because those literally played for honour, pride and sportsmanship rather than for money, and were not so lucky as the current crop of players and also to involved them in some form of cricket administrative work. I am yet to see one of the best allrounders and the foundation stone behind the success of the famous spin quartet who by his splendid fielding alone could make into any team, but was underutliized and under rated even in those playing days, now atleast being felicitated, rewarded and his services utilised.

  • POSTED BY shaan_write2me on | May 31, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    I was doubtful whenever Commentators hail sachin saying that "He will beat all batting records by the time he retire", but after sachin scoring a double-hundred in ODI's... i strongly believe that he will surely surpass all batting records in Cricketing history... long live sachin.....

  • POSTED BY rahulcricindia on | May 31, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    congrats to the great man another feather in the cap......now take a good rest and get ready for england and australia....

  • POSTED BY avi.archit on | May 31, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    Its a great achievement for all the cricketing and non cricketting fans of sachin!!!

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | May 31, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    It is great to see a past cricketer like Salim Durrani being rewarded.There is far too much focus on the presently active cricketers whilst the old timers are totally forgotten.Compared to present time cricketers, some of whom like Tendulkar & Dhoni make over $50 Million/year, the past greats like Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Chandrashekar, etc, including Durrani barely were able to make ends meet just playing cricket.At least by recognizing their services to the game, India can at least give them a pride place. There should a a "Hall of Fame" in which some of these past great cricketers can be inducted into in recognition of their yoeman's service to the game.Past cricketers like Merchant, Hazare, Mankad, Umrigar, Engineer, Surti, Chnadr, Prasanna, Bedi, Gupte,Borde, Jaisimha, Azharuddin, Manjrekar, Gavaskar, Kapil, etc should be automatiocally inducted into the Hall of Fame as these are the guys who built Indian cricket to what it is today. Let us not forget.

  • POSTED BY gyaanguru on | May 31, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    congrats sachin. just keep scoring runs for the joy of your fans

  • POSTED BY on | May 31, 2011, 19:59 GMT

    Mafiya od indian cricket got one more surprise.

  • POSTED BY on | May 31, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    congrats Sachin sir.. u deserve this award and all others.. may God bless u always sir!

  • POSTED BY wiseshah on | May 31, 2011, 20:04 GMT

    Indian cricket is overrated. They destroyed world cricket by making ipl and icl and now scoring in a empty field