Indian news December 26, 2013

R Ashwin to get Polly Umrigar Award

ESPNcricinfo staff

R Ashwin, the India offspinner, is the winner of the Polly Umrigar Award for 2012-13, the BCCI has announced. Kapil Dev, the former India captain, will receive the CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award. The awards will be handed out on January 11, in Mumbai.

Ashwin, who this season became the fastest player in more than 80 years to 100 Test wickets, was very effective in India's home matches this year. During the qualification period, between October 2012 and September 2013, he picked up 43 wickets at 30.69 in eight Tests overall, including four five-fors and one ten-for, as well as 10 wickets from eight ODIs. In addition, he scored 263 Test runs at 32.87 with two fifties. However, an ordinary first Test against South Africa in Johannesburg - he is yet to make an impression overseas - meant he was dropped for the Durban game on the same day he was announced as the award-winner by the BCCI.

Dev, the best allrounder India has produced and the captain of its 1983 World Cup-winning team, will receive Rs 25 lakh as part of the award. Ashwin will receive Rs 5 lakh.

Abhishek Nayar, the experienced Mumbai allrounder, was named the best allrounder in the 2012-13 Ranji Trophy - he finished second on the batting charts with 966 runs at an average of 96.60 and claimed 19 wickets with his medium pace at 22.89. Punjab's Jiwanjot Singh - 995 runs - and Madhya Pradesh's Ishwar Pandey - 48 wickets - won the awards for topping the batting and bowling lists. Each of these players will receive Rs 2.5 lakh each.

Attacking opening batsman Thirush Kamini was named Women Cricket of the Year. She will receive Rs 50,000.

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  • Ashok on December 27, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    One of the great unsolvable mysteries of cricket: How would Nadkarni have done in limited overs cricket and t20? Just check his economy rates and his accompanying biopic. His stinginess is legendary and unfortunately he could take much wickets either.

  • RAJARAMAN on December 27, 2013, 3:38 GMT

    @Harsh Joshi ... your comments are as "harsh" as your name!!! ... the inexperienced aussies are now thrashing experienced England ... Give credit to a bowler who is currently number 1 all-rounder in tests ... he is dropped for team's interests in this test ... he will come out more matured in future ... time will tell and we will see

  • Android on December 26, 2013, 23:23 GMT

    I don't blame him for his poor form with the bowl in south africa because he relies on the spin and not the natural variation thatvsomebody like jadeja gets. he is a quality bowler. He is same as steyn just as steyn and philander and co rely on bounce and seam off the pitch in african conditions ashwim also relies on turning tracks in India and there is nothong wrong with it at all. If steyn could be credited as world's number one bowler in helpful pitches ashwin just as much deserves this award.

  • Android on December 26, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    how ironical. gets the award the same day he gets dropped from the team.

  • Android on December 26, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    ah he is good player and good batsman and good bowler

  • Android on December 26, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    Is this reason for giving award?

  • Dummy4 on December 26, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    Wow Ashwin getting an award for taking wickets against lowly ranked teams like West Indies,New Zealand and inexperienced Australians in India..He failed against quality side like England in 2012-13

  • Dummy on December 26, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    What an irony for Ashwin......but he deserves it both to be dropped and to receive the award. Long way to go Ashwin

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