Calcutta: Former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar will be the recipient of the Col. C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement award this year, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Tuesday.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been adjudged the best international cricketer for India for the 2013-14 season.
The eighth annual BCCI Awards Ceremony will be held at the Seaside Lawns, Taj Land’s End, Bandra, Mumbai, on Friday, prior to the Indian team’s departure to Australia.
One of the finest batsmen that the country has produced, Vengsarkar, who served the nation from 1976 to 1991, was nominated for the award by a committee which included BCCI interim president Shivlal Yadav and secretary Sanjay Patel.
The Col. C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award comprises citation, trophy and a cheque of Rs 25 lakh.
Vengsarkar, 58, came into national prominence with a belligerent hundred for Mumbai against the Rest of India in the Irani Cup game at the start of the 1975-76 season.
He was a member of the Indian team that won the World Cup in 1983 and the World Championship of Cricket in 1985, and he led India in 10 Tests between 1987-89.
He was picked in the Indian team for the twin-tours of New Zealand and the West Indies later that season, and he made his Test debut against New Zealand at Auckland.
In the years that followed, he essayed some extraordinary innings against different and challenging opponents, and excelled especially against the West Indies, the most successful team of the era. He is the only non-English batsman to score three Test hundreds at Lord’s. The third of those hundreds — an unbeaten 126 in 1986 — set up India’s first Test win at the venue.
The second Indian to have played 100 Tests, Vengsarkar was rated the world’s No.1 batsman in the year 1986-87.
Nicknamed ‘Colonel’, Vengsarkar was the chairman of the BCCI’s Talent Research Development Committee for three years, and the chairman of the selection committee for 2006-08 period.
Medium-pacer Bhuvneshwar will get the Polly Umrigar Trophy and a cheque for Rs 5 lakh.
The Meerut-born Bhuvneshwar, 24, has represented India in 11 Tests and 42 ODIs. He has had an impressive domestic career as well, playing for Uttar Pradesh.
In the IPL, he has represented Pune Warriors, Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Sunrisers Hyderabad at different points in time.
The Telegraph, Calcutta