He is not a part of the historic one-off Test match against Afghanistan but India captain Virat Kohli was the star attraction at the BCCI Annual Awards function on Tuesday as he received the prestigious Polly Umrigar Trophy (Cricketer-of-the-Year) award for two consecutive seasons.
The India skipper received the award for his stupendous performance during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons. He is currently undergoing rehabilitation for a neck injury sustained during the IPL, which ruled him out of his county assignment for Surrey.
Kohli is expected to appear for a fitness test at the NCA on June 15.
The awards function was also attended by the Afghanistan team which will take on India in its first ever Test match starting on Thursday.
Aunshuman Gaekwad and Sudha Shah received the C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement award.
Domestic cricketers Jalaj Saxena, Parvez Rasool, Krunal Pandya were all feted for their consistent performances. Jalaj and Rasool were adjudged ‘Best all-rounders’ in the Ranji Trophy, while Krunal was rewarded for his showing in the Hazare one-day championship.
Krunal did not turn up to receive the award as he is on national duty with the India-A team.
Award Winners for 2017-18 :
Col CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award – Anshuman Gaekwad
BCCI Lifetime Achievement Award For Women – Sudha Shah
BCCI Special Award – Budhi Kunderan
Polly Umrigar Award – Virat Kohli
Best International Cricketer – Women – Smriti Mandhana
Lala Amarnath Award For The Best All-rounder In The Ranji Trophy –Jalaj Saxena
Lala Amarnath Award For The Best All-rounder In Domestic Limited-overs Competitions – Diwesh Pathani
Madhavrao Scindia Award – Highest Scorer In The Ranji Trophy – Mayank Agarwal
Madhavrao Scindia Award – Highest Wicket-taker In The Ranji Trophy – Jalaj Saxena
MA Chidambaram Trophy – Highest Scorer In (U-23) Col C K Nayudu Trophy – Aryaman Birla
MA Chidambaram Trophy – Highest Wicket-taker In (U-23) Col C K Nayudu Trophy – Tejas Baroka
MA Chidambaram Trophy – Highest Scorer In (U-19) Cooch Behar Trophy – Y V Rathod
MA Chidambaram Trophy – Highest Wicket-taker In (U-19) Cooch Behar Trophy – Ayush S Jamwal
Jagmohan Dalmiya Trophy – Highest Scorer In (U-16) Vijay Merchant Trophy – K Nithish Kumar Reddy
Jagmohan Dalmiya Trophy – Highest Wicket-taker In (U-16) Vijay Merchant Trophy – Reshu Raj
Jagmohan Dalmiya Trophy – Best Woman Cricketer (Sr Domestic) – Deepti Sharma
Jagmohan Dalmiya Trophy – Best Woman Cricketer (Jr Domestic) – Jemimah Rodrigues
Best Umpire In Domestic Cricket – Yeshwant Barde
Best Performance In BCCI Domestic Tournaments – Delhi & District CA