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Updated: June 1, 2011 00:11 IST

Durrani, Tendulkar receive awards

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Former Indian cricket player Salim Durrani shakes hands with master blaster Sachin Tendulkar during the BCCI Awards function in Mumbai on Tuesday.
Former Indian cricket player Salim Durrani shakes hands with master blaster Sachin Tendulkar during the BCCI Awards function in Mumbai on Tuesday.

Sachin Tendulkar picked up the Polly Umrigar award (outstanding Indian cricketer) for the second time and thanked his teammates for making it possible.

Former India all-rounder Salim Durrani, nominated for the C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement award, expressed his joy at India's World Cup wins under Kapil Dev and M.S. Dhoni. He was speaking at the BCCI awards ceremony for 2009-2010, held against the backdrop of India's amazing WC 2011 victory which sparked nationwide celebrations.

Dhoni and his mates from the WC squad were called on stage to receive their incentives. Kapil was among the cricket achievers in the audience, among whom were former India captains and a few 1983 squad members.

“We thank the people for their support, not only all over India, but all over the world. The win would not have been possible without support from teammates, without the system from u-16 onwards through which all of us have passed,” said Dhoni.

Able leadership

Tendulkar, recipient of the Polly Umrigar Trophy in 2006-2007 and again this time, said: “Winning back this trophy happened due to my fellow members of the Indian squad. The World Cup win was made possible due to their efforts under the able leadership of M.S. Dhoni and help from the support staff.”

Durrani congratulated Team India and wished the new team headed for the West Indies does well. He received a trophy and cheque for Rs. 15 lakh from BCCI president Shashank Manohar.

Tendulkar received a trophy and cheque for Rs 5 lakh from Mr. Manohar and BCCI secretary N. Srinivasan.

Dhoni and squad got Rs 2 crore each, while the support staff, starting with coach Gary Kirsten up to the yoga trainer, were presented Rs 50 lakh each.

Award winners (2009-2010): Salim Durrani – C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement award; Sachin Tendulkar - Polly Umrigar award; Manish Pandey (KSCA) - Madhavrao Scindia award for highest Ranji scorer; Abhimanyu Mithun (KSCA) - Madhavrao Scindia award for highest Ranji wicket-taker.

B. Aparajith (TNCA) - M.A. Chidambaram Trophy for best u-16 player; Bhargav Merai (GCA) - M.A. Chidambaram Trophy for best u-19 player; Nataraj Behera (OCA) - M.A. Chidambaram Trophy for best u-22 player.

M.D. Thirushkamini (TNCA) - M.A. Chidambaram Trophy for best woman player; Reva Arora (PCA) - M.A. Chidambaram Trophy for best junior woman player.

K. Hariharan - Best umpire in domestic cricket.

Maharashtra Cricket Association - Best overall performance in 2009-2010.

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I am really surprised and shocked to see that Durrani is getting only 15 Lakhs whereas the present world cup winners getting 2 Cr. each. Definitely I am not commenting on 2 Cr. But atleast a decent amount for Durrani who did a good job during his period considering the fact that BCCI is the richest sports organization.

from:  K R Sugavanam
Posted on: Jun 1, 2011 at 14:30 IST

Ranji trophy appears to have no importance. Where are the two guys who scored highest and took most wickets?

from:  Srinivasa
Posted on: Jun 1, 2011 at 14:07 IST

God of cricket is 10dulkar,

from:  rajunaik
Posted on: Jun 1, 2011 at 08:59 IST

Salim Durnai was one of the finest cricketers India produced in 60-70s. Very attacking minnd set responsible for India's 2-0 series win over England in 1960-61. I also still remember his devastating spell against Bobby Simpson's Aussies in 1964 at Eden Gardens when Lawry and Simpson were together at luch on first day and as I tuned radio commentary after lunch at 1:15pm at Bombay 1 station, Aussies were reeling losing 4 or 5 wickets in a collpase triggered by Salim but then rains came and match ended in a draw no balls bowled after that. Also I saw him againnst Sobers' WI at Brabourne stadium in 1966 when he had an excellent knock in the second innings but was not enough. All in all one of the finest, no doubt about it.

from:  Raj
Posted on: Jun 1, 2011 at 00:51 IST
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