Former India captain Kapil Dev received the C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual BCCI Awards night in Mumbai, Saturday.
Kapil, one of the top all-rounders of the game with 5248 runs and 434 wickets in Tests, had also won the 1983 World Cup. He is the 21st cricketer to receive the Nayudu Award.
“I like to thank all captains whom I played with from Bishan Bedi to Mohammad Azharuddin, for believing in me. For those who played under me, I appreciate their support,” Kapil said.
“For the Indian cricket team about to go on a tour (to New Zealand), I want to wish them all the best.”
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“When you are young and playing, awards don’t matter as you are filled with passion for the game. It is only now when an honour like this comes your way, by way of appreciation from your own Board that increases the sense of happiness.”
AMONG THE GREATS
Kapil was the first player to complete the 'double' of 5,000 runs and 400 wickets in Tests. In an illustrious career that commenced in 1978 and concluded in 1994, he represented India in 131 Tests, from which he took 434 wickets.
In ODIs, he took 253 wickets and scored 3,783 runs. His Test and ODI wickets tally were records.
His match-winning 175 in the 1983 World Cup league encounter against Zimbabwe, wherein he rescued India from a perilous 9-4 that became 17-5, is part of cricketing folklore.
He struck with the ball at critical stages, right through the tournament, and held two crucial catches -- those of Vivian Richards and Clive Lloyd -- in the final against the West Indies.
His other significant achievement as captain of India was the '2-0' Test series win in England, in 1986.
Kapil's temperament and tenacity overshadowed his talent. He produced his best in crisis situations. He overcame an injured thigh to take 5-28 against Australia at Melbourne in 1980-81, which took India to a famous series-levelling win.
His 119 against the same team at Chennai in 1986-87, steered India out of a tight spot, and set up only the second Tied Test in the history of the sport.
Against England at Lord's in 1990, with India needing 24 to avoid the follow-on, and the number eleven batsman at the other end, he proceeded to hit off-spinner Eddie Hemmings for four consecutive sixes.
He had a stint as coach of the Indian team in 1999-00, and served as chairman of the National Cricket Academy in 2006-07. Kapil had a public falling out with the BCCI in 2007 when he spearheaded the now-defunct Indian Cricket League with the backing of the Zee Network. All cricketers associated with this 'rebel' league were stripped of their incomes and appointments in official cricket.
He received the C.K. Nayudu award, which comprises a trophy, citation and a cheque for Rs.25 lakh, at the BCCI Awards Ceremony.
The award, named after India's first Test captain, is given to individuals whose contribution to the sport, on and off the field, is unparalleled.
Meanwhile, India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin accepted the Polly Umrigar Trophy for being India’s best international cricketer of the year.
In the 2012-13 season, Ashwin picked up 43 wickets along with two fifties in eight Tests, and 24 wickets in 18 ODIs.
“I am happy and proud to be on this stage where legends of Indian cricket have been honoured. It would not have been possible without my teammates,” he said.
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