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Kohli compiled 1111 runs at an impressive average of 101 in ODIs and accumulated 896 runs at an average of 89.6 during the 2017-18 international season © Getty
Virat Kohli, India‘s captain, will be awarded with the prestigious Polly Umrigar Award at the BCCI awards on June 12 in Bangalore for his exceptional performances in the last two cricketing seasons, the board announced on Thursday (June 7).
While Kohli will get be the recipient of the top award in the men’s category for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons respectively, Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana are set to be named best international cricketers in the women’s category for the two seasons respectively, with the awards “recognising and honouring the top domestic and international cricketers across all age groups.”
Kohli compiled 1111 runs at an impressive average of 101 in ODIs and accumulated 896 runs at an average of 89.6 during the 2017-18 international season. He also notched up his highest individual Test score of 243 during the course of the season against Sri Lanka in Delhi.
“I congratulate all the winners of the BCCI Annual Awards. The last two years have been fabulous for Indian Cricket with both the men and women’s teams doing very well. We are proud of their achievements and this is our small way of acknowledging their on-field efforts,” Vinod Rai, the chairman of the CoA, said.
A BCCI release also stated: “To honour one of its finest administrators, the BCCI has rechristened four awards in remembrance of Late Jagmohan Dalmiya. The Jagmohan Dalmiya Trophy will be presented to the leading run-scorer and wicket-taker respectively in the U-16 Vijay Merchant Trophy and to the Best Junior and Senior Cricketer in women’s cricket.”
Not just players, but even cricket boards are recognised with the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) being adjudged the best State Association for their “consistent performances in the BCCI domestic tournaments for the 2016-17 season” while the Delhi District Cricket Association will be awarded for the last season.
“Every year we have champion players delivering champion performances. Awards help boost a player’s confidence and we only hope that we get more noteworthy performances in the season to follow,” said Rahul Johri, BCCI’s CEO.
In addition, the board has also increased prize money across nine categories by Rs. 1 lakh and the revised prize money is Rs.1.5 lakh.