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Kohli takes top BCCI award for 2011-12

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November 22, 2012

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Virat Kohli plays a shot towards the off side, India v Pakistan, Super Eights, World Twenty20, Colombo, September 30, 2012
Virat Kohli made giant strides in international cricket in 2011-12 © Associated Press
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Virat Kohli has been named the Indian Cricketer of the Year for 2011-12, picking up the Polly Umrigar Award trophy and a cheque for Rs 5 lakh (US$9000 approx) at the BCCI awards function in Mumbai on Wednesday night.

At the awards, Sunil Gavaskar also received a lifetime achievement award and Sachin Tendulkar was honoured for scoring his 100th international ton. VVS Laxman, who retired in August, was felicitated for his achievements in international cricket.

Kohli was one of the only positives to emerge from the disastrous away Test series against Australia for India, scoring a hundred in the Adelaide Test. In the ODI series that followed, with India needing to chase down Sri Lanka's target of 321 in 40 overs in Hobart to stay alive in the Commonwealth Bank Series, Kohli delivered with 133 not out of 86 balls, getting India home in 36.4 overs. Following the tour, he was named vice-captain of the ODI team, and three matches later, he put in a similar performance during his 183 in the Asia Cup against Pakistan - there India were chasing 330, and his knock came off 148 balls as India won with over two overs to spare. His form in limited-overs cricket meant he bagged the ICC's ODI Cricketer of Year Award in September too.

Bengal's Ashok Dinda picked up Madhavrao Scindia Award for the most wickets in the 2011-12 Ranji Trophy season - Dinda had finished second on the wickets chart, but got the award ahead of Madhya Pradesh's TP Sudhindra, who was handed a life ban after being found guilty of "receiving a consideration to spot-fix" in a domestic game in June.

Rajasthan's Robin Bist, who with 1034 at 86.16 became one of only a handful of batsmen to aggregate over 1000 in a season, won the batting award, while Karnataka's Stuart Binny was named Allrounder of the Year.

Awards list:
CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award: Sunil Gavaskar
Special Award: VVS Laxman
Polly Umrigar Award for Cricketer of the Year: Virat Kohli
Madhavrao Scindia Award for Most Runs in Ranji Trophy: Robin Bist
Madhavrao Scindia Award for Most Wickets in Ranji Trophy: Ashok Dinda
Lala Amarnath Award for the Best All-rounder in Ranji Trophy: Stuart Binny
Lala Amarnath Award for the Best All-Rounder in limited-overs tournaments: Laxmi Ratan Shukla
Legends honoured posthumously: Vijay Merchant, Vinoo Mankad, Dattu Phadkar, Ghulam Ahmed, Vijay Manjrekar, ML Jaisimha, Dilip Sardesai
MA Chidambaram Award for the Best U-16 Cricketer: Mohammad Saif (Uttar Pradesh)
MA Chidambaram Award for the Best U-19 Cricketer: Vijay Zol (Maharashtra)
MA Chidambaram Award for the Best U-22 Cricketer: Satyam Choudhary (Madhya Pradesh)
MA Chidambaram Award for the Best Senior Lady Cricketer: Anagha Deshpande (Maharashtra)
Best Umpire in Domestic Cricket: S Ravi
Best Association: Delhi & District Cricket Association

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Posted by SK_Shahi on (November 25, 2012, 1:26 GMT)

I think Best U-19 Cricketer award should have gone to U Chand.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (November 22, 2012, 22:19 GMT)

@CricketMaan: I am no huge supporter of the BCCI but when you are a board that RUNS more than HALF of world cricket, then you deserve to be a bit tight in your attitude. I don't think the BCCI deserve all the hate they get. Their money runs the ship pretty much and the ICC are defunct technically. My biggest frustration with the BCCI is their stance towards the DRS. It's time they embrace technology and try to make it 'easier' for all parties: players, officials, media, and most importantly, the fans.

Posted by vinay21 on (November 22, 2012, 17:42 GMT)

Congrats Stuart Binny!!

Hope see u early in ODI soon.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 9:20 GMT)

Congrats Kohli ....... :)

Posted by CricketMaan on (November 22, 2012, 8:51 GMT)

Congrats to all!!! But not to BCCI. They seem to have forgotten that amidst these sporting legends and heroes there are a number of 'differntly abled' champions that play represent Indian Cricket in world arena. I have read reports on how ECB have been very inclusive of them in thier structure and even Awards them from time to time. Infact one of those was a man of Indian Origin that represents England team. What has BCCI done? If I'm ignorant of thier contributions pelase highlight them to me!! Why no awards for Curators? Arent they the center of debates these days? Why not reward the best groundsmen for thier hard work and encourage them to do even better!! What about Wicket Keepers, Fielders? Cricket is just not batting and bowling.

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