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MUMBAI: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday conferred former India captain Kapil Dev with the C. K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award. He is the 21st cricketer to achieve the award.
Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was given the Polly Umrigar Award for being the best international cricketer last season. It carries a trophy and a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh.
Ashwin has been awarded for his 43 wickets and 263 runs from eight Test matches and 24 wickets in 18 ODIs in the 2012-13 season.
The awards were conferred at the seventh annual awards ceremony here.
Accepting the award, Kapil Dev, who won the 1983 Prudential Cup for India and became the first all-rounder to score 5,000 runs and grab 400 Test wickets, said, “When we started playing, it was only for passion as we didn’t think about any awards. I would like to thank all the captains under whom I have played. Bishan Bedi, Sunil, Venkat, Gundappa Viswanath. I would like to thank my family who allowed me to play the game for so much time.’’
To make the occasion memorable, India’s two World Cup-winning captains – Kapil and Dhoni – came on stage and exchanged the World Cup trophies they won under their captaincy.