Sachin Tendulkar was the star attraction at the Castrol awards for cricketing excellence here on Friday night.

He was declared the Indian cricketer of the year, Test cricketer of the year and also felicitated for his remarkable feat of becoming the first batsman to score a double century in ODIs and score 50 Test centuries. He has, in fact, scored 51 Test centuries and 46 ODI centuries.

India captain M.S. Dhoni was declared the ODI cricketer of the year, Virender Sehwag batsman of the year and Harbhajan Singh, bowler of the year.

Rahul Dravid was felicitated in the special achievement category (highest number of catches in Tests), Yusuf Pathan (impact cricketer) and Jaydev Unadkat (junior cricketer of the year).

Mohinder Amarnath was given the Lifetime Achievement award.

“I feel extremely proud to be part of this team. To get there (to the No 1 spot) was not easy. We had to face a lot of challenges and stood together supporting each other. We had to work hard. Gary brought a remarkable change in the squad, Tendulkar said.

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