Jasprit Bumrah may have been in the limelight for reasons detrimental to his fame, with the problems about his fitness and the validity of physicians, but he returned to success in a grand style, as he headlined the BCCI Annual Awards ceremony where he won two awards, the Dilip Sardesai award and the Polly Umrigar award.
Dilip Sardesai was the only Goa-born cricketer to play for the Indian national team. He scored 2001 runs with an average of 39 in 30 Test Matches. In domestic cricket, the prolific batsman scored 10230 runs. The Dilip Sardesai award is given to both the highest run scorer and wicket taker of the year in Test Cricket. Cheteshwar Pujara and Bumrah won the awards this year, Pujara for his 677 Runs with an average of 52 in 8 matches, Bumrah for his 34 wickets in 6 matches.
Pahlan Ratanji ‘Polly’ Umrigar was the captain of Indian team from 1955 to 1958, and at the time was the face of Indian cricket. He scored 3631 runs with an average of 42 in 59 matches, scoring 12 centuries, all Indian records at the time of his retirement. Polly Umrigar award is presented to the best male International cricketer and it is represented by a citation, trophy and cheque for ₹15 lakhs.
While Bumrah desevedly won the prize, Poonam Yadav won the top prize in Women’s category, another grand prize for the recent Arjuna awardee.
Krishnamachari Srikanth, known for his stylish batting, his part in the ’83 World Cup success and his resume as BCCI Chief Selector, was given the Lifetime Achievement award. Anjum Chopra, the first Indian female to play 100 One Day Internationals and a well-known batswoman of women’s cricket, was also awarded for her Lifetime Achievement.
The awards for Best International Debut went to Mayank Agarwal and Shefali Verma respectively. Mumbai’s Shivam Dube and Delhi’s Nitish Rana won the Lala Amarnath Award for best all-rounder in domestic cricket, for First Class and List A Cricket respectively.
Deepti Sharma won the Jagmahan Dalmiya Trophy in senior category, while the 15 year old Shefali Verma won it in the junior category. Virender Sharma was adjudged the best umpire and Vidarbha Cricket Association’s Ranji Trophy victory presented them the award for best performance in domestic cricket.
BCCI Prez Sourav Ganguly stated: “The BCCI Awards is our way of recognising the finest on-field performances right from the age group to senior level and also honour our legends.”
The detailed award list is as follows:
COL. C.K. NAYUDU LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Krishnamachari Srikanth
BCCI LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR WOMEN: Anjum Chopra
BCCI SPECIAL AWARD: Dilip Joshi
POLLY UMRIGAR AWARD BEST INTERNATIONAL CRICKETER(𝗠): Jasprit Bumrah
BEST INTERNATIONAL CRICKETER(𝗪)
: Poonam Yadav
BEST INTERNATIONAL DEBUT(𝗠): Mayank Agarwal
BEST INTERNATIONAL DEBUT(𝗪): Shafali Verma
DILIP SARDESAI AWARD FOR HIGHEST RUN SCORER IN TEST CRICKET- 2018-19: Cheteshwar Pujara
DILIP SARDESAI AWARD FOR HIGHEST WICKETS IN TEST CRICKET- 2018-19: Jasprit Bumrah
HIGHEST RUN SCORER IN ODI -2018-19- (W): Smriti Mandhana
HIGHEST WICKETS IN ONE DAY INTERNATIONALS – 2018-19 – WOMEN: Jhulan Goswami
BEST UMPIRE IN DOMESTIC CRICKET IN 2018-19: Virender Sharma
BEST PERFORMANCE IN BCCI DOMESTIC TOURNAMENTS OF 2018-19: Vidarbha Cricket Association
LALA AMARNATH AWARD FOR THE BEST ALL-ROUNDER IN THE RANJI TROPHY, 2018-19: Shivam Dube
LALA AMARNATH AWARD FOR THE BEST ALL-ROUNDER IN DOMESTIC LIMITED-OVERS COMPETITIONS, 2018-19: Nitish Rana
MADHAVRAO SCINDIA AWARD – HIGHEST RUN SCORER IN THE RANJI TROPHY IN 2018-19: Milind Kumar
MADHAVRAO SCINDIA AWARD – HIGHEST RUN SCORER IN THE RANJI TROPHY IN 2018-19: Ashutosh Aman
M.A. CHIDAMBARAM TROPHY – HIGHEST RUN SCOREE IN (U23) COL. C K NAYUDU TROPHY IN 2018-19: Manan Hingrajia
M.A. CHIDAMBARAM TROPHY – HIGHEST WICKET-TAKER IN (U23) COL. C K NAYUDU TROPHY IN 2018-19: Sidak Singh
M.A. CHIDAMBARAM TROPHY – HIGHEST RUN SCORER IN (U19) COOCH BEHAR TROPHY IN 2018-19: Vathsal Govind
M.A. CHIDAMBARAM TROPHY – HIGHEST WICKET-TAKER IN (U19) COOCH BEHAR TROPHY IN 2018-19: Apurva Anand
JAGMOHAN DALMIYA TROPHY – HIGHEST RUN SCORER IN (U16) VIJAY MERCHANT TROPHY IN 2018-19: Aryan Hooda
JAGMOHAN DALMIYA TROPHY – HIGHEST WICKET-TAKER IN (U16) VIJAY MERCHANT TROPHY IN 2018-19: Abhishek Yadav
JAGMOHAN DALMIYA TROPHY – BEST WOMAN CRICKETER (SR DOMESTIC) OF 2018-19 (SR WOMEN ONE DAY): Deepti Sharma
JAGMOHAN DALMIYA TROPHY – BEST WOMAN CRICKETER (JR DOMESTIC) OF 2018-19: Shafali Verma