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|Dravid wins I'ntl Sports Personality award|
Sunday, February 22 2004 12:54 Hrs (IST)
Dravid edged former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram and compatriot, ace tennis star Leander Paes, to win the coveted award at a gala function at the Hilton Park Lane.
"This is a very deserving award and Dravid is one of the great all-timers," former England captain Mike Gatting said receiving the award on Dravid's behalf.
Dravid, popularly called 'The Wall', is considered one of the technically most gifted batsmen in the world cricket. The year 2003 has been a fantastic year for him, one of the highlights being an impressive 242 against Australia leading India to a historic four-wicket victory in the second Test in Adelaide.
Former Pakistan all-rounder Asif Iqbal received the 'Lifetime Achievement Award'. Nine-year-old Sahil Agarwal, a budding cricketer, was adjudged Young sports personality of the year while 11-year-old Humzah Mahmood, an upcoming tennis star was given the Junior Sports Personality of the Year award.
In the women's category, 17-year-old Athisha Lohendran, a rowing champion, got the Junior Sports Personality of the Year award.