Indian skipper Virat Kohli is all set to receive his fourth Polly Umrigar Award at the BCCI Awards , which are scheduled to be held in Bengaluru on June 12, announced on Thursday. Kohli, who received the prestigious award in 2011-12, 2014-15 and 2015-16, is being honored on the basis of his performance in the past two seasons.
The BCCI awards rewards India’s top Domestic and International Cricketers across all age groups. In the Women’s department, India’s two in-form cricketers – Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana – are all set to become the holders of Indian Women’s maiden award for Best International Cricketer for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons respectively.
“While Virat gets top honors in the Men’s category, Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana are set to be maiden recipients of the award for Best International Cricketer (women) for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons respectively,” the BCCI statement read.
The CoA Chairman congratulated the winners in the same statement.”I congratulate all the winners of the BCCI Annual Awards. The last two years have been fabulous for Indian Cricket with both the men and women’s teams doing very well. We are proud of their achievements and this is our small way of acknowledging their on-field efforts,” Vinod Rai said.
On the other hand, BCCI acting President CK Khanna, said. “The BCCI Annual Awards is an occasion where former greats of the game, the present generation and the stars of tomorrow come under one roof. For BCCI, it is an opportunity to show its gratitude towards cricketers who enrich this game with their skills and hard work.”
Meanwhile, BCCI’s CEO Rahul Johri said that awards are menat to boost the players’ confidence and they hope to witness more of champion-like performances in the coming season. “Every year we have champion players delivering champion performances. Awards help boost a player’s confidence and we only hope that we get more noteworthy performances in the season to follow.”