BCCI Annual Awards: Robin Uthappa honoured with Madhavrao Scindia award: Robin Uthappa, one of the unutilized talents in the country has time and again proved his worth and potentials if not in the domestic circuit. The elegant right-handed Karnataka batsman has been an electrifying performer in the domestic arena for quite a few seasons now. He also proved to be a great asset for his IPL teams he played so far.
Robin Uthappa was honored with the Madhavrao Scindia Award for being the highest run-scorer in Ranji Trophy 2014-15. Shardul Thakur, Vinay Kumar, Deepak Hooda and Jalaj Saxena will also be feted for their performances on the domestic circuit with the Karnataka State Cricket Association picking up the award for the best associate member for completing the treble of title wins – Ranji Trophy, Irani Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy in 2015.
In last two domestic seasons, the classy and elegant Uthappa has been reflecting supreme form. From IPL to CLT20 to Ranji he has been among the top run scorers. He was the highest run-getter in Ranji Trophy 2014-15 with 912 runs in 11 matches at an average of 50.66 which includes 2 centuries and 5 fifties. In Ranji Trophy 2015-16, he scored 759 runs in 8 matches, averaging 58.38 smashing 3 centuries and 3 fifties. Being a top scorer in Ranji and smashing runs at an average of 50+ for two consecutive seasons is no joke which is backed by 600+ IPL runs in one season averaging 44 in the T20 league. In all first-class matches in 2015, he smashed 1410 runs in 18 matches.
Meanwhile India Test skipper, Virat Kohli was named ‘Cricketer of the Year’ and Mithali Raj was picked for the ‘top women’s award’ in the Board of Control for Cricket in India.
Virat Kohli was presented the Polly Umrigar Award in Mumbai. This is the second instance when Kohli was honoured with the Polly Umrigar Award, after winning it in 2011-12. Kohli amassed 692 runs at an average of 80.50 with 4 centuries and a fifty in the period, including twin hundreds in the Adelaide Test, the first player to achieve the feat as captain. In ODIs, he scored 849 runs at an average of 53.06 with 3 hundreds and 3 fifties. He led India to a 5-0 whitewash of Sri Lanka in this period and scored a glorious hundred against Pakistan in the 2015 World Cup.
Mithali Raj will be presented M.A. Chidambaram Trophy for Best Woman Cricketer of 2014-15 in the senior category while Devika Vaidya will be awarded from the junior category.
Complete list of the awardees:-
Col. C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award: Syed Kirmani
Polly Umrigar Award for Best Cricketer: Virat Kohli
Madhavrao Scindia Award – Highest Scorer in the Ranji Trophy in 2014-15: Robin Uthappa of Karnataka
Madhavrao Scindia Award – Highest Wicket-Taker in the Ranji Trophy in 2014-15: R Vinay Kumar of Karnataka
Madhavrao Scindia Award – Highest Wicket-Taker in the Ranji Trophy in 2014-15: Shardul Thakur of Mumbai
Lala Amarnath Award for the Best All-Rounder in the Ranji Trophy, 2014-15: Jalaj Saxena of Madhya Pradesh CA
Lala Amarnath Award for the Best All-Rounder in domestic limited-overs competitions, 2014-15: Deepak Hooda of Baroda CA
M.A. Chidambaram Trophy – Best U-23 Cricketer of 2014-15: Almas Shaukat of Uttar Pradesh
M.A. Chidambaram Trophy – Best U-19 Cricketer of 2014-15: Anmolpreet Singh of Punjab
M.A. Chidambaram Trophy – Best U-16 Cricketer of 2014-15: Shubman Gill of Punjab
M.A. Chidambaram Trophy – Best Woman Cricketer (Sr) of 2014-15: Mithali Raj of Railways
M.A. Chidambaram Trophy – Best Woman Cricketer (Jr) of 2014-15: Devika Vaidya of Maharashtra
Best Umpire in Domestic Cricket in 2014-15: O Nandan
Best Overall Performance in 2014-15: Karnataka State Cricket Association – 14 points