Mumbai, Nov 1: Virat Kohli has been chosen for Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) Polly Umrigar Award for being India's top international cricketer during the period 2011-12.
Kohli has been in great form in the recent past and it would have been an easy choice for BCCI to pick the Delhi batsman for the award.
In the last season, the right-hander scored 627 runs from seven Tests with two centuries. In 26 One Day Internatioanls, he amassed 1,539 runs with seven hundreds. In 10 Twenty20 Internationals, he had 389 runs with four half centuries.
" Virat Kohli will be presented the Polly Umrigar Award, for being India's top international cricketer of 2011-12. The award comprises a trophy and cheque for Rs 5 lakhs. The previous winners of the award are Sachin Tendulkar (2006-07 and 2009-10), Virender Sehwag (2007-08), Gautam Gambhir (2008-09) and Rahul Dravid (2010-11)," BCCI said in a media release on Wednesday.
"The Annual BCCI Awards Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, 21 November 2012, at the Chambers Terrace, Taj Mahal Palace and Tower, Mumbai," BCCI said.
India's top performers in international and domestic cricket during the twelve-month period from 1 October 2011 to 30 September 2012 will be feted at the ceremony.
"VVS Laxman, who announced his retirement from international cricket in August 2012, will be felicitated at the ceremony. Sachin Tendulkar will also be honoured for completing a century of international centuries," BCCI added.
Another feature of the ceremony will be the posthumous felicitation of seven legends of Indian cricket - Vijay Merchant, Vijay Manjrekar, Dattu Phadkar, Vinoo Mankad, Ghulam Ahmed, M.L. Jaisimha and Dilip Sardesai. The next-of-kin of each of these individuals will receive a trophy and cheque for Rs 15 lakhs.
The Col. C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Sunil Gavaskar, former India captain. The award comprises a trophy, citation and cheque for Rs 25 lakhs.
BCCI 2011-12 Award Winners
Col. C.K. Nayudu lifetime achievement award: Sunil Gavaskar
Polly Umrigar award: Virat Kohli
Lala Amarnath award for the best all-rounder in the Ranji Trophy 2011-12: Stuart Binny (Karnataka)
Lala Amarnath award for the best all-rounder in domestic limited overs: Laxmi Ratan Shukla (Bengal)
Madhavrao Scindia award for highest scorer in the Ranji Trophy 2011-12: Robin Bist (Rajasthan)
Madhavrao Scindia award for highest wicket taker in the Ranji Trophy 2011-12: Ashok Dinda (Bengal)
M.A. Chidambaram trophy, best under-16 cricketer of 2011-12: Mohammed Saif (Uttar Pradesh)
M.A. Chidambaram trophy, best under-19 cricketer of 2011-12: Vijay Zol (Maharashtra)
M.A. Chidambaram trophy, best under-22 cricketer 2011-12: Satyam Choudhary (Madhya Pradesh)
M.A. Chidambaram trophy, best woman cricketer 2011-12: Anagha Deshpande (Maharashtra)
Best umpire in domestic cricket 2011-12: S. Ravi (Tamil Nadu)
Best Association: Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA)