Kapil Dev gets BCCI 'Lifetime Achievement Award'

Ashwin wins the Polly Umrigar Award for being the best international cricketer in 2012-13

Former Indian captain Kapil Dev was honoured with Col. C K Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award by the BCCI at its seventh annual awards ceremony on Saturday.

The legendary all-rounder and 1983 World Cup-winning captain Kapil became the 21st Indian cricketer to receive the C K Nayudu Award.

“I like to thank all captains whom I played with from Bishan Bedi to Mohammad Azharuddin, for believing in me. For those who played under me, I appreciate their support,” Kapil said.

“For the Indian cricket team about to go on a tour (to New Zealand), I want to wish them all the best.”

He continued: “When you are young and playing, awards don’t matter as you are filled with passion for the game. It is only now when an honour like this comes your way, by way of appreciation from your own Board that increases the sense of happiness.”

One of the greatest all-rounders of all time, Kapil Dev was the first player to complete the 'double' of 5,000 runs and 400 wickets in Tests.

Team India member Ravichandran Ashwin won the Polly Umrigar Award for being the best international cricketer last season.

Ashwin in the 2012-13 season during which he claimed 43 wickets, inclusive of four 5WI and one 10WM, and scored 263 runs, inclusive of two 50's from 8 Tests, besides grabbing 24 wickets from 18 ODIs, and three wickets from four T20 Internationals.

“I am happy and proud to be on this stage where legends of Indian cricket have been honoured. It would not have been possible without my teammates,” said the Indian off-spinner, named the Best International Cricketer for 2012-13.

The Polly Umrigar Award comprises a trophy and a cheque for Rs 5 lakh and the award has been won in previous years twice by Sachin Tendulkar (2006-07 and 2009-10) and once each by Virender Sehwag (2007-08), Gautam Gambhir (2008-09), Rahul Dravid (2010-11) and Virat Kohli (2011-12).

Here’s the full list of the winners at the BCCI Annual Awards 2012-13.


Ranji Trophy 2013-14: QF Round-up, Jan 11

Punjab, Karnataka, Maharashtra make semis

Karnataka will take on Punjab while Maharashtra will take on the winner of the Railways vs Bengal match in the semi-final of the Ranji Trophy 2013-14.

Here is the round-up for the day:

Bengal vs Railways: Chasing 271 runs, Railways need 154 runs to win on the last day of the match and have seven wickets in hand as they look to book a place in the semi-final.

Earlier, Bengal resumed their second innings on 133 for four and were bowled out for 267 on the fourth day. Anureet Singh claimed five wickets to help bowl Bengal out in 90.4 overs. In reply, Railways were 117 for three at stumps. Nitin Bhille (56*) was batting with Arindam Gosh (14*) when play ended on Saturday.

Karnataka vs Uttar Pradesh: A thumping 92-run win over Uttar Pradesh has granted Karnataka a place in the semi-final of the ongoing tournament. Having set UP a 333-run target, Karnataka bowled them out for 240 on the penultimate day of the match. Shreyas Gopal claimed a five-for, while Abhimanyu Mithun picked three wickets and Vinay Kumar took two to pull off the convincing win in the quarter-finals.

Punjab vs J&K: The VRV Singh-led attack bowled Punjab to a 100-run win over Jammu & Kashmir in the quarter-final. Chasing 324 runs, J&K resumed their innings on 77 for two on the fourth morning and were bowled out for 223 later in the day. VRV Singh finished the innings with a five-wicket haul and MS Gony took three wickets, while Sandeep Sharma and Harbhajan Singh picked a wicket each.

Mumbai vs Maharashtra: With a comprehensive eight-wicket win over Mumbai at the Wankhede Stadium, Maharashtra have booked themselves a place in the semi-final.

Click here for the report.