Sachin Tendulkar will be honoured for completing 100 international centuries, while Virat Kohli will get the Polly Umrigar Award for being India’s top international cricketer for 2011-12 at the BCCI Annual Awards ceremony to be held in Mumbai on November 21.
Kohli, who was honoured with the ICC’s ODI Cricketer of the Year Award earlier, will be awarded a trophy and a cheque for Rs. 5 lakh, the BCCI said in a release.
Tendulkar (2006-07 and 2009-10), Virender Sehwag (2007-08), Gautam Gambhir (2008-09) and Rahul Dravid (2010-11) were the earlier recipients of the award.
V.V.S. Laxman, who retired from international cricket in August, will also be felicitated at the function to be held at the Chambers Terrace, Taj Mahal Palace and Tower.
Seven legends of Indian cricket — Vijay Merchant, Vijay Manjrekar, Dattu Phadkar, Vinoo Mankad, Ghulam Ahmed, M.L. Jaisimha and Dilip Sardesai — will also be felicitated posthumously.
“The next-of-kin of each of these individuals will receive a trophy and cheque for Rs. 15 lakh,” the release said.
The ceremony will also witness former India captain Sunil Gavaskar receiving the prestigious Col. C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award.
The award comprises a trophy, citation and cheque for Rs. 25 lakh.
Previous winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award: 1994: Lala Amarnath; 1995; Syed Mushtaq Ali; 1996: Capt. Vijay Hazare; 1997: K.N. Prabhu; 1998: P.R. Umrigar; 1999: Col. Hemachandra Adhikari; 2000: Subhash Gupte; 2001: M.A.K. Pataudi; 2002: Bhausaheb Nimbalkar; 2003: Chandrakant Borde; 2004: Bishen Singh Bedi, B. Chandrasekhar, E.A.S. Prasanna, S. Venkataraghvan; 2007: Nariman Contractor; 2008: G.R. Viswanath; 2009: Mohinder Amarnath; 2010: Salim Durani; 2011: Ajit Wadekar.