The current Indian skipper Virat Kohli has been awarded the Polly Umrigar Award for being the Best International Cricketer in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons.
Cricket news: The Indian women cricketers also received the award for their stellar performances
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) awarded the skipper at their annual BCCI awards ceremony which was held in Bengaluru on Tuesday.
“POLLY UMRIGAR AWARD for 2016-17 season goes to #TeamIndia Skipper @imVkohli at #NAMAN. The Skipper also receives the Polly Umrigar Award for his stupendous performances in the 2017-18 season too”, BCCI captioned on Twitter.
In the womens’ category, Indian women cricket team captain Harmanpreet Kaur and opener Smriti Mandhana received the Best International Cricketer (Women) award for her stellar 2016-17 and 2017-18 season respectively.
The BCCI also raised the prize money by Rs. 1 lakh for nine categories and the revised prize money now stands at Rs. 1.5 lakh.
The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) received the best state association award for their consistent performances in the BCCI domestic tournaments in the 2016-17 season. Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) received the same award for the 2017-18 season.
“I congratulate all the winners of the BCCI Annual Awards. The last two years have been fabulous for Indian Cricket with both the men and women’s teams doing very well. We are proud of their achievements and this is our small way of acknowledging their on-field efforts,” Committee of Administrators Chairman Vinod Rai said.