The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) named Sunil Gavaskar as the latest recipient of the Col CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award for Cricket in India. Gavaskar will receive the trophy, a citation and a cheque for Rs 25 lakh at the BCCI awards function, the date for which will be announced soon.
Gavaskar was chosen for his contribution to cricket as a player, an administrator and as an analyst.
He represented India in 125 Tests from 1970-71 to 1986-87. He scored a record 774 runs in his debut series in the West Indies, and went on to achieve several milestones, including becoming the first to score 10,000 runs in Tests, the first to play 100 consecutive Tests and crossing Don Bradman’s total of 29 Test hundreds, ending with 34 – then a record – when he retired.
Gavaskar led India in 47 Tests and his greatest triumph as captain was India’s victory in the World Championship of Cricket, a limited-overs tournament featuring all the then Test-playing nations, in 1984-85 in Australia.
After retirement, Gavaskar served as Chairman of the BCCI’s Technical Committee and Chairman of the ICC’s Cricket Committee.
The BCCI also announced that it would honour seven Indian cricket heroes posthumously with a special award. The players named for this award were Vijay Merchant, Vinoo Mankad, Dattu Phadkar, Vijay Manjrekar, Ghulam Ahmed, M L Jaisimha and Dilip Sardesai.