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Gavaskar wins BCCI's lifetime achievement award

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October 25, 2012

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Sunil Gavaskar raises a stump after India's unsuccessful run chase, England v India, The Oval, 5th day, September 4, 1979
Sunil Gavaskar: India's most successful opening batsman © Getty Images
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Sunil Gavaskar has been awarded the CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award by the BCCI for 2012. Gavaskar, a former India captain, will receive Rs 25 lakh (approx US$46,600), a trophy and a citation at a BCCI awards ceremony. The prize money that goes with the award has been raised from Rs 15 lakh (approx US$28,000), which Ajit Wadekar received last year.

Now a prominent television commentator, Gavaskar has been India's most successful opening batsman, at one point holding the record for the most Test runs (10,122) and most Test centuries (34). He was known for his near-perfect technique and his almost unbreachable defence. Since retirement, apart from working in the media, Gavaskar has also served in various roles with the BCCI and ICC.

Apart from Gavaskar, seven former players of repute will be awarded cash awards of Rs 15 lakh posthumously at the BCCI awards. This list includes batsmen Vijay Merchant, Vijay Manjrekar, ML Jaisimha and Dilip Sardesai, off spinner Ghulam Ahmed, and allrounders Vinoo Mankad and Dattu Phadkar. The awards are for the players' 'outstanding contribution to Indian cricket'.

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Posted by Nampally on (October 26, 2012, 0:43 GMT)

Congrats. Gavaskar for a well deserved honour.He was included in the all time World XI as the opening bat in one of the Cricinfo All time cricket team. He was definitely the best Indian opening batsman. With impecable defence & great technique, Sunil had tons of patience to convert his skills into runs. In his first tour to WI as <20 opener, he scored over 700 runs in the test series with 2 double centuries - a record even the great Don Bradman would have been proud of. Gavaskar was in a class by himself, a superb Cricketer who made India proud of him. In my opinion he was the best batsman India ever produced. This is a very small token of recognition & fitting one too!.

Posted by grizzle on (October 25, 2012, 19:23 GMT)

The most accomplished of all Indian batsmen. A mouthpiece of the BCCI in the commentary box, mind you, but sublime out in the middle.

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (October 25, 2012, 15:59 GMT)

Best opening batsman the world had ever seen...

Posted by bvnathan on (October 25, 2012, 15:20 GMT)

I would suggest that BCCI the richest sports body in India should set aside about 10% of their annual profits and invest the same in the uplifting other sports where India can gain international recognition. The other sports to be promoted and invested (not in any particular order) are: (0) Field Hockey, (1) Archery, (2) Wrestling, (3) Shuttle Badminton, (3) Table Tennis, (5) Athletics, (6) Field and Jump events, (7) Soccer/Football, (8) Boxing to name a few. The above categories are more suited for Indian men/women physical resemblance compared to other nations, but what is lacking is the proper investment on training and focus on achievement. If other Private/Public organizations can also set aside a portion of their annual profits - it would be great for the nation. Only word of CAUTION - It is high time we removed the politicians from holding power or heading any of the sports organizations - as it has proved to be counter productive. JAI HIND

Posted by ut4me87 on (October 25, 2012, 14:15 GMT)

It is nice to see Gavaskar, my boyhood hero got the award. I am surprised that he did not get it earlier. He is the greatest batsman (yes ahead of Tendulkar), India has produced and played in an era when there were great fast bowlers and opened the innings for India without a helmet. I and many other young Indians, living in foreign countries felt proud to be Indian because of Gavaskar.

Posted by CricketMaan on (October 25, 2012, 14:03 GMT)

Congratulations, along with Kapil, Sunny was my fav. I even painted my bat logo to SG just to copy him. A legend of Indian cricket. The only sad part is that his commentary standards have dropped and its not a pleasure listening to him anymore:( though i like the way he sticks it up to English and Aussie media. Carry on Sunny, but please get your form right ahead of England series, we want the old Sunny commentary.

Posted by arifzakaria811gmail.com on (October 25, 2012, 12:29 GMT)

There should be some logic used by BCCI. I have due respect for Gavaskars contribution to Indian cricket and have no doubt he should be rewarded. But practically one should see that he is multi-millionaire in terms . Award Gavaskar but give at least 50% money to many of our athletes from past who are living in poverty as token of respect and recoginition to their contribution. Or better still Gavaskar should himself donate some stuff to known Indian atheletes who find it difficult to even survive because their type of sports paid poorly.

Posted by eGVishal on (October 25, 2012, 11:59 GMT)

Thats great....and something to cheer about. They have done the country proud by their service as sportsmen.

Posted by munibkhan on (October 25, 2012, 11:31 GMT)

Congratulations to SunnyG! However, the title uses the word "wins" inappropriately as it suggests a contest of some sort.

Posted by   on (October 25, 2012, 11:26 GMT)

Kapildev name also should considered for this award as he gave first world cup to us

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