Mumbai, June 1: Mumbai Indians captain Sachin Tendulkar may be disappointed to miss out on holding aloft the Indian Premier League 2011 trophy, but he's already been accorded a consolation prize. Indeed, here comes another accolade to add to his distinguished closet - the Little Master has been named India's cricketer of the year at the BCCI awards in Mumbai.
The batting maestro was honoured at the ceremony along with former all-rounder Salim Durani, who was instrumental in India's maiden Test win in the West Indies in 1971. Durani was handed the lifetime achievement award for his outstanding services to cricket.
Meanwhile, Tendulkar who himself is eligible for such an award, has just come off a stellar year for which he was facilitated. He notched up 1,064 runs in Tests between Oct 2009 and Sep 2010 - at an average of 82.00, besides scoring one-day cricket's first double-hundred.
Durani, a left-hand batsman and left-arm orthodox spinner who chalked up 29 Tests between 1960 and 1973, was renowned for his power-hitting ability. He bowled India to victory over England in 1961-62, picking up eight and ten wickets in wins in Calcutta and Chennai. Almost a decade later he was instrumental in India's victory over West Indies in Port of Spain, claiming the big wickets of Clive Lloyd and Gary Sobers.
India's World Cup-winning team and support staff were also handed awards. Speaking about the achievement, India captain MS Dhoni said his team did well to use the home advantage during the World Cup to their advantage. "When you play for the country, the one thing you want to win is the World Cup," he said. "It is a proud moment for all of us. We exploited the conditions really well."
Finally, he may have had an ordinary time in IPL with the Pune Warriors, but Karnataka's Manish Pandey picked up the best batsman in domestic cricket award, having scored 882 runs in nine Ranji Trophy matches. Meanwhile fast bowler Abhimanyu Mithun, who claimed 47 wickets in the competition, was named best bowler.