Pavan Suresh / 31 May 2016

In the latest CEAT awards announced on Monday, England Joe Root and India’s R Ashwin has grabbed the attention with lots of awards.

Joe Root has been in excellent form in test matches. He was given International cricketer of the year and also International batsmen of the year with excellent performances in the past 1 year.

R Ashwin, India’s leading spinner was given the Ceat International bowler of the year award. Rohit Sharma was awarded Indian cricketer of the year award.

India’s top class batsmen Virat Kohli was awarded T20 player of the year. He was named the man of the tournament in ICC World T20 tournament held in March- April and created a record by scoring 973 runs in 16 matches for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the recently concluded IPL 9 season which finished on Sunday. Virat Kohli scored 4 centuries in IPL 9.

“The IPL gave me the opportunity to showcase my skills. I picked up off-spin at 17 which was quite late, I feel, but it was first class cricket that enabled me to keep getting better,” Rohit Sharma said.

“I strive to keep better and one day I want to bowl four maiden overs in a T20 game,” he added.

“A lot of Test cricket is coming up and preparation for one format of the game will help us,” said the classy stroke-player, who hit three centuries in ODIs in the period for which the awards were given.

“The year 2015-16 has been a good year for us. As you saw we won a Test series in Sri Lanka after a long gap and we won the Test series at home against South Africa.

“We did well in the World T20 Championship although we lost to the West Indies (in the semis). They deserved to be champions as they played well throughout the tournament,” Sharma said.

Rahane also got an award who became the 5th Indian to score two centuries in each innings of a Test match. He achieved this in the fourth test against South Africa in New Delhi.

“Shreyas Iyer has done extremely well for Mumbai in the last one year in Ranji trophy. He played a brilliant innings in the Ranji Trophy final (against Saurashtra). He has not been picked in the Indian team (for the Zimbabwe and West Indies tour) which is unfortunate. I spoke to him, you have to score double hundred then nobody can drop you, you are an excellent player,” he said.

Kane Williamson has been in brilliant for New Zealand in test matches and has been awarded the test cricketer of the year while Martin Guptill has been awarded ODI Cricketer of the year.

Winners list

International Cricketer of the year-Joe Root

International Batsmen of the year- Joe Root

International bowler of the year– R Ashwin

Test Cricketer of the year– Kane Williamson

ODI cricketer of the year– Martin Guptill

T20 Player of the year– Virat Kohli

Indian Cricketer of the year– Rohit Sharma

Domestic player of the year– Shreyas Iyer

Young Player of the year– Rishabh Pant

Special Award of the year– Rahane

Lifetime achievement of the year award– Dilip Vengsarkar

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