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Ceat to honour four former stars

Published: Friday, November 3, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Mumbai: Five years ago the Ceat Cricket Rating came into being with former greats Sunil Gavaskar, Ian Chappell and Clive Lloyd monitoring the system. And since 1995-96 Ceat has been honouring cricketers with the International Cricketer of the Year Award. The Ceat Cricket Rating expanded in 1996-97 to include the International Team of the Year as well. The fifth Ceat awards ceremony is being held at the Cricket Club of India on Friday evening and this year the Ceat Cricket Rating is making its presence felt in a much larger and bigger way. The Rating team used the unique points system to pick the International Cricketer of Year right from the first Test that was played between England and Australia in 1876-77. On Friday evening, Ceat will honour four Indian cricketers, who would have topped the Ceat Cricket Ratings during their playing days.Had there been a Ceat International Cricketer of the Year Award from the inception of cricket Tests, the four Indians who would have won are:
1. Vinoo Mankad (1951-52 and 1952-53),
2. E A S Prasanna (1967-68 and 1969-70),
3. Sunil Gavaskar (1970-71) and
4. Dilip Vengsarkar (1986-87).In 1951-52, the late Vinoo Mankad, on India's first Tour of England, mesmerised the Englishmen at Lord's with knocks of 72 and 184 and a marathon five for 196. The Test was immortalised by 'The Times of London' as Vinoo, Vedi, Vici'. In 1952-53, Mankad bowled India to their first series win against Pakistan and also needed just 23 Tests to complete the double of 1000 runs and 100 wickets. Offspinner par excellence, Prasanna was the cunning old fox' amongst India's famed spin quartet. In 1967-68 he captured 49 wickets in eight Tests and in 1969-70 Prasanna grabbed 46 wickets in eight Tests.Gavaskar, the holder of record number of centuries with 34 and the first to break the 10,000 Test run barrier, would have won it in his debut year, 1970-71 when he aggregated 774 runs in four Tests with one double century, three centuries and three half-centuries against the West Indies in West Indies. Vengsarkar, the first non-Englishman to notch up three Test centuries at Lord's, was on song in 1986-87 when he piled up six hundreds in 13 Tests. The classy batsman was the mainstay of the Indian batting as England were overwhelmed at home. One unlucky Indian not to have made it to the all-time greats list of Ceat International Cricketer of the Year is all-rounder and former captain Kapil Dev. His best year as per the Ceat Cricket Rating was 1979-80 when he shone with bat and ball against Kim Hughes's Australia and Asif Iqbal's Pakistani team. Ian Botham was the winner in 1979-80.Ceat plans to continue this tradition of honouring former cricketers who would have made it to Ceat International Cricketer of the Year Award list in the coming years too.Professional Management Group

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