Mumbai: Indian opener Gautam Gamhir pipped Virender Sehwag to become the Castrol Cricketer of the year 2008.
Gambhir, who scored over 1000 runs in Tests and ODI's in 2008, also won the best bastman of the year award while off-spinner Harbhajan Singh claimed the best bowler of the year honours, worth a trophy and Rs two lakh each.
Dashing opener Sehwag and India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni were declared the Test and One-Day cricketers of the same year.
Sehwag, who is recuperating after a shoulder injury was was personally present to receive the award while Dhoni, having addressed a media conference a couple of hours earlier at the same hotel, did not attend the function.
Both received Rs two lakh and a trophy to go with the award.
Former India middle order mainstay Gundappa Viswanath received the "Lifetime Achievement" award worth Rs five lakh while all rounder Ravindra Jadeja was named the best young cricketer of the year.
Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar and another stalwart Rahul Dravid were given special performance awards for becoming the first batsman to cross 12,000 runs in Tests and becoming the leading catcher in the traditional format of the game respectively.