Mumbai, Dec 26: Offspinner R Ashwin, who was today dropped for the second Test against South Africa in Durban, has been chosen as the best international cricketer of 2012-13 by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
The seventh annual BCCI Awards Ceremony will be held on January 11, 2014 in Mumbai.
India's best performers in senior and junior-level cricket, at the international and domestic level, in the twelve months from 1 October 2012 to 30 September 2013, will be honoured for their achievements, at the function, BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said in a media release today.
Ashwin will be the recipient of the Polly Umrigar Award, for being India's best international cricketer of 2012-13.
He took 43 wickets, inclusive of four 5 wickets in an innings and one 10-wicket haul, and scored 263 runs, inclusive of two fifties, from eight Tests. He also took 24 wickets from 18 ODIs, and three wickets from four T20 Internationals.
The Polly Umrigar Award comprises a trophy and a cheque for Rs. 5 lakhs. The award has been won in previous years by Sachin Tendulkar (2006-07 and 2009-10), Virender Sehwag (2007-08), Gautam Gambhir (2008-09), Rahul Dravid (2010-11) and Virat Kohli (2011-12).
Abhishek Nayar will receive the Lala Amarnath Award, for being the best all-rounder in the 2012-13 edition of the Ranji Trophy.
He scored 966 runs at 96.6, inclusive of three centuries and eight fifties, and 19 wickets at 22.8, inclusive of one 5WI, from eleven matches, in the tournament. The award comprises a trophy and a cheque for Rs. 2.5 lakhs.
The Mumbai Cricket Association, which Nayar represents, will collect the trophy for the Best Overall Performance in the 2012-13 season.
The various teams representing the MCA won the Ranji Trophy, the Under-25 C.K. Nayudu Trophy, the Under-16 Vijay Merchant Trophy, the Women's Under-19 Inter-State tournament, and finished runners-up in the Under-19 Cooch Behar Trophy.
The achievers of 2012-13 apart, Rohit Sharma will receive the Dilip Sardesai Award, for being India's best cricketer in the recent Test series against the West Indies. He scored hundreds in both Tests, and accumulated an aggregate of 288 runs. The award comprises a trophy and a cheque for Rs. 5 lakhs.
A highlight of the function will be the felicitation of three former stalwarts - Bapu Nadkarni, Farokh Engineer and Late Eknath Solkar - for their contribution to Indian cricket. They will receive a memento and a cheque for Rs. 15 lakhs each.
List of Award Winners
Colonel CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award (Trophy, citation and cheque for Rs 25 lakhs)
Polly Umrigar Award (Trophy and cheque for Rs 5 lakhs)
R Ashwin - 43 wickets in 8 Tests
Lala Amarnath Award for the best all-rounder in Ranji Trophy 2012-13 (Trophy and cheque for Rs 2.5 lakhs)
Abhishek Nayar (Mumbai) - 966 runs at 96.6, 3 tons, 8 fifties, 19 wickets at 22.8 in 11 matches
Madhavrao Scindia Award, Highest scorer in Ranji Trophy 2012-13 (Trophy and cheque for Rs 2.5 lakhs)
Jiwanjot Singh Chouhan (Punjab) - 995 runs at 66.33 in 10 matches, 5 tons, 2 fifties
MA Chidambaram Trophy - Best Under-25 cricketer of 2012-13 (Trophy and cheque for Rs 50,000)
Karan Sharma (Railways)
MA Chidambaram Trophy - Best Under-19 Cricketer of 2012-13 (Trophy and cheque for Rs 50,000)
Akshar Patel (Gujarat) - 830 runs at 109.2 in 7 games, 3 tons, 3 fifties in Cooch Behar Trophy
MA Chidambaram Trophy - Best Under-16 Cricketer of 2012-13
Arman Jaffer (Mumbai) - 1,036 runs at 94.18 in 8 matches, 3 tons, 6 fifties in Vijay Merchant Trophy
MA Chidambaram Trophy - Best Woman Cricketer (Senior) of 2012-13 (Trophy and cheque for Rs 50,000)
MD Thirushkamini - 361 runs at 120.33, 2 tons, 2 fifties in Senior Women's limited overs inter-zonal tournament
Best umpire in domestic cricket 2012-13 (Trophy and cheque for Rs 50,000)
Dilip Sardesai Award for being India's best cricketer in the 2013-14 Test series against West Indies (Trophy and cheque for Rs 5 lakhs)
Rohit Sharma - 288 runs in 2 Tests (Ton on debut and another hundred in his second Test)
Best Overall Performance in 2012-13
Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) - 23 points
Special award for outstanding contribution to Indian cricket - Trophy and cheque for Rs. 15 lakhs each
Late Eknath Solkar