India’s rising all-rounder Bhuvneshwar Kumar has expressed his excitement after receiving the Polly Umrigar Trophy for the Cricketer of the Year award at the BCCI awards 2013-14 function held at Mumbai on November 18th. He said that he couldn’t hide his emotions after receiving the coveted trophy. 

Bhuvneshwar Kumar was quoted saying:

This reminds me that wheyingn Virender Sehwag was awarded the Cricketer of the Year trophy in 2007-08 and I was the Under-19 cricketer of the year, I walked up to him and asked him if I could see from close how the big Cricketer of the Year trophy is. It feels really special to hold this trophy today.”

“I would like to thank all my team-mates today. Without them, I wouldn’t have been able to hold this trophy.”

It really would have been such a great feeling for Bhuvneshwar Kumar as after putting in a lot of hard-work for the team, he got what he deserved. Bhuvneshwar has been Dhoni’s go to bowler from the past two years and the responsibility and the maturity that he shouldered during the England tour earlier this year would definitely guide him in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy and the ICC World Cup 2015 to perform well and help India break the jinx of an overseas Test series win and also successfully defend the title respectively. 

Also, former Indian captain Dilip Vengsarkar, who was represented the Col CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award by his former team-mate and BCCI interim president Shivlal Yadav, expressed that he was honoured to receive this prestigious award. 

I was going through the list of the previous award winners and it’s an immensely honourable feeling to have joined such a special league. I thank the BCCI for honouring me with this prestigious award,” Vengsarkar said.

Dilip Vengsarkar receiving the Col CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award from Shivlal Yadav                       Image Credits: zeenews


Two of the previous 21 recipients – Chandu Borde and Ajit Wadekar – also gave Vengsarkar a standing ovation.


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