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Bumrah set to acquire Polly Umrigar Award: BCCI

The English Print 2020-01-12 15:05:07

India's pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah will obtain the prestigious Polly Umrigar Award for his exploits in international cricket in the 2018-19 season, the BCCI announced on Sunday.

The world's main pacer will be honoured at some stage in the BCCI Annual Awards here on Sunday.

The world's No. 1 ODI bowler made his Test debut for the duration of India's tour of South Africa in January 2018 and hasn't appeared returned since.

He picked up a five-wicket haul in South Africa, England, Australia and the West Indies turning into the first and only Asian bowler to attain the feat.

He performed a stellar function in the historical 2-1 Test series win in Australia, India's first Down Under and which helped them maintain the Border Gavaskar Trophy.

While Bumrah nets the biggest prize in the men's category, Poonam Yadav will claim the pinnacle prize in women's section and will be awarded the high-quality worldwide cricketer.

The award will be any other feather in the leg-spinner's cap who these days obtained the Arjuna Award.

Former India captains Krishnamachari Srikkanth and Anjum Chopra will be with the Col CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award and the BCCI Lifetime Achievement Award for female respectively.

A member of the 1983 World Cup-winning team, Srikkanth took on the fearsome West Indies quickly bowlers and scored an attacking 38, the pinnacle individual score in the low-scoring final at the Lord's.

He additionally captained India and post-retirement served as the chief selector and it was once during his tenure that the 2011 World Cup squad used to be picked.

Anjum is one of the best batswomen and the first Indian to play 100 ODIs. In a career spanning 17 years, Anjum represented India in four 50-over World Cups and two T20 World Cup (played in one).

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said, "The BCCI Awards is our way of recognising the greatest on-field performances right from the age group to senior level and also honour our legends.

"It will be a exclusive night in Mumbai as we will also have the 7th MAK Pataudi lecture and I am delighted to inform that it will be Virender Sehwag, who will tackle the gathering."

Board secretary Jay Shah said, "The BCCI Awards are an important feature in India's cricketing calendar, a melange of aspiration and inspiration.

"We wanted to make Naman bigger and higher and have brought four new categories – highest run-getter and wicket-takers in WODIs and first-rate worldwide debut guys and girls – from this year. A whole of 25 awards will be presented."

Arun Singh Dhumal, the board's treasurer, said, "Right from domestic to global level, Indian Cricket has had a memorable 2018-19 season.

"We have started out the 12 months on the proper be aware with Team India finishing a convincing series win in opposition to Sri Lanka and they will be in attendance.

"The U-19 crew is in South Africa for the World Cup and all eyes will be on the stars of tomorrow. It will be a extraordinary night and I congratulate the award winners."