Stylish batsman Ajinkya Rahane, on May 25, was conferred with CEAT Indian Cricketer of the Year award while former Sri Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakkara was bestowed with the International Cricketer of the Year award.
Rahane, who was India’s stand-out batsmen during their overseas tours’ to South Africa, New Zealand, England and Australia last year, said that he gained a lot from those 14 Tests and hopes to make full use of that experience during India’s tough season ahead, where they face South Africa and Sri Lanka for four and three-match Test series respectively.
“I enjoyed playing in both Australia and England. I got to mention one innings, the 103 I scored at Lord’s and winning is really important for me. So scoring a hundred and winning a Test match is really special.
“I really enjoyed my batting throughout the season. The four months we spent in Australia gave me confidence to play well in IPL.
“So far, I have enjoyed my journey and learned from my experience of 14 Tests. As long as I am performing well and contributing towards my team, the number does not matter for me. Whatever number I bat, I look to contribute for my team and maintain the consistency.”
Former captain Kapil Dev, who led the Indian team to their maiden World Cup title in 1983, was conferred with the International Lifetime Achievement Award.
Rohit Sharma, who recorded the highest individual score (264) in ODIs against Sri Lanka last year, was given a special award.
Here is the full list of the award winners:
International Lifetime Achievement Award: Kapil Dev
International Cricketer of the Year – Kumar Sangakkara
Indian Cricketer of the Year -Ajinkya Rahane
International Batsman of the Year – Hashim Amla
International Bowler of the Year – Rangana Herath
T20 Player of the Year -Dwayne Bravo
Popular Choice Award – Kieron Pollard
Special Award – Rohit Sharma
Domestic Cricketer of the Year – R Vinay Kumar
Young Player of the Year – Deepak Hooda.