The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Annual Awards 2024 ceremony was recently held in Hyderabad, marking a special occasion to recognize and honor the achievements of Indian cricketers. In this article, we will delve into the highlights of the event, celebrating the outstanding performances of both male and female cricketers. From the prestigious lifetime achievement award to the emerging talents, the BCCI Awards 2024 showcased the depth and talent in Indian cricket.
Col. C. K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award
The BCCI Awards 2024 kicked off with the presentation of the Col. C. K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award, honoring the contributions of legendary Indian cricketers. This year, the award was bestowed upon two distinguished individuals, Farokh Engineer and Ravi Shastri. Farokh Engineer, a revered wicket-keeper batsman, and Ravi Shastri, a former India coach and cricketer, were recognized for their invaluable contributions to the sport.
BCCI Cricketer of the Year
One of the most coveted awards at the BCCI ceremony is the Cricketer of the Year. For the 2022-23 season, this prestigious accolade was presented to Shubman Gill, the talented India international and captain of the Gujarat Titans. This was the first time Gill received this esteemed recognition, reflecting his exceptional performances and impact on the field.
Best International Cricketers
The BCCI Awards also acknowledged the top international cricketers, both male and female, who have consistently excelled in their respective roles. In the men's category, the award for Best International Cricketer was given to Mohammad Shami for the 2019-20 season, Ravichandran Ashwin for the 2020-21 season, Jasprit Bumrah for the 2021-22 season, and Shubman Gill for the 2022-23 season.
In the women's category, Deepti Sharma was recognized as the Best International Cricketer for the 2019-20 and 2022-23 seasons, while Smriti Mandhana claimed the award for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons. These exceptional cricketers have consistently displayed their skills and contributed immensely to the success of the Indian cricket team.
Best International Debutants
Another significant category at the BCCI Awards is the recognition of the Best International Debutants. This award acknowledges the promising young players who have made a remarkable entry into international cricket. Mayank Agarwal, Axar Patel, Shreyas Iyer, and Yashaswi Jaiswal were the respective winners for the 2019-20, 2020-21, 2021-22, and 2022-23 seasons.
Similarly, in the women's category, Priya Punia, Shafali Verma, Sabbhineni Meghana, and Amanjot Kaur were honored as the Best International Debutants for the corresponding seasons. These young talents have showcased their potential and have a promising future ahead.
Dilip Sardesai Award - Most Runs in Test Cricket
The Dilip Sardesai Award is presented to the cricketer who has scored the most runs in Test cricket during the season. Yashasvi Jaiswal claimed this prestigious award for the 2022-23 season, showcasing his prowess with the bat and contributing significantly to the success of the Indian Test team.
Dilip Sardesai Award - Highest Wickets in Test Cricket
In recognition of exceptional bowling performances in Test cricket, the Dilip Sardesai Award for the highest wickets in the season was presented to Ravichandran Ashwin for the 2022-23 season. Ashwin's ability to consistently take wickets has been instrumental in India's success in Test matches.
Highest Run-Getter in ODIs (Women)
The BCCI Awards also acknowledge the highest run-getter in One Day Internationals (ODIs) for women's cricket. Punam Raut, Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur, and Jemimah Rodrigues were the respective winners for the 2019-20, 2020-21, 2021-22, and 2022-23 seasons. These talented cricketers have consistently performed at the highest level, contributing significantly to the Indian women's cricket team.
Highest Wicket-Taker in ODIs (Women)
In the women's cricket category, the highest wicket-taker in ODIs was recognized and awarded. Poonam Yadav, Jhulan Goswami, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, and Devika Vaidya emerged as the winners for the 2019-20, 2020-21, 2021-22, and 2022-23 seasons respectively. These skillful bowlers have consistently troubled the opposition batsmen and played a crucial role in India's success in ODIs.
Best Umpire in Domestic Cricket
Acknowledging the vital role of umpires in the game of cricket, the BCCI Awards honored the best umpire in domestic cricket for each season. A Padmanabhan, Vrinda Rathi, Jayaraman Madangopal, and Rohan Pandit were recognized as the best umpires for the 2019-20, 2020-21, 2021-22, and 2022-23 seasons respectively. These umpires have displayed exceptional decision-making skills and contributed to the fair conduct of matches in domestic cricket.
Best Performance in BCCI Domestic Tournaments
The BCCI Awards also recognized the teams that displayed outstanding performances in domestic tournaments. Mumbai, Madhya Pradesh, and Saurashtra were the respective winners for the 2019-20, 2021-22, and 2022-23 seasons. These teams showcased their talent and competitiveness, making their mark in the domestic cricket circuit.
Lala Amarnath Award - Best All-Rounder
The Lala Amarnath Award is presented to the best all-rounder in domestic cricket. MB Murasingh, Shams Mulani, and Saransh Jain were the winners for the 2019-20, 2021-22, and 2022-23 seasons, respectively, showcasing their ability to contribute effectively with both bat and ball in hand.
Madhavrao Scindia Award - Highest Run-Getter in Ranji Trophy
The Madhavrao Scindia Award recognizes the highest run-getter in the Ranji Trophy, the premier domestic cricket tournament in India. Rahul Dalal, Sarfaraz Khan, and Mayank Agarwal claimed the award for the 2019-20, 2021-22, and 2022-23 seasons respectively. These batsmen consistently scored runs for their respective teams and displayed their talent in the domestic circuit.
Madhavrao Scindia Award - Highest Wicket-Taker in Ranji Trophy
Similar to the highest run-getter award, the Madhavrao Scindia Award for the highest wicket-taker in the Ranji Trophy was presented to Jaydev Unadkat, Shams Mulani, and Jalaj Saxena for the 2019-20, 2021-22, and 2022-23 seasons respectively. These bowlers were instrumental in taking crucial wickets for their teams, contributing to their success in the tournament.
M.A. Chidambaram Trophy - Highest Run-Getter in U-19 Cooch Behar Trophy
Recognizing the talent at the under-19 level, the M.A. Chidambaram Trophy is awarded to the highest run-getter in the U-19 Cooch Behar Trophy. P Kanpillewar, Mayank Shandilya, and Danish Malewar emerged as the winners for the 2019-20, 2021-22, and 2022-23 seasons respectively. These young batsmen showcased their skills and potential, promising a bright future for Indian cricket.
M.A. Chidambaram Trophy - Highest Wicket-Taker in U-19 Cooch Behar Trophy
In the U-19 Cooch Behar Trophy, Harsh Dubey, AR Nishad, and Manav Chothani claimed the M.A. Chidambaram Trophy for the highest wicket-taker for the 2019-20, 2021-22, and 2022-23 seasons respectively. These young bowlers displayed their talent and potential, making their presence felt in the competitive U-19 circuit.
Jagmohan Dalmiya Trophy - Best Woman Cricketer
The Jagmohan Dalmiya Trophy recognizes the best woman cricketer in senior and junior domestic cricket. Saee Purandare, Indrani Roy, Kanika Ahuja, and Nabam Yapu emerged as the winners for the 2019-20, 2020-21, 2021-22, and 2022-23 seasons respectively in the senior category. Kashvee Gautam, Soumya Tiwari, and Vaishnavi Sharma claimed the award in the junior category for the respective seasons. These talented cricketers have showcased their skills and contributed to the development of women's cricket in India.
In conclusion, the BCCI Awards 2024 celebrated the excellence and achievements of Indian cricketers across various categories. From recognizing the lifetime contributions of legendary cricketers to acknowledging the emerging talents, the event highlighted the depth and talent in Indian cricket. These awards not only serve as a motivation for the players but also inspire the next generation of cricketers to strive for greatness.