statesman news service
KOLKATA, 20 JULY: For Kapil Dev, every visit to the ‘city of joy’ is a reward in itself but presenting the annual awards of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) was a special privilege that he would cherish for many more years.
“It gives me great pleasure and honour to come here and meet young cricketers who have performed exceptionally well. I always believe that the future of Indian cricket rests on the youth and accolades like these will go a long way in motivating them,” he said.
Manoj Tiwary’s recent good fortune continued when he received the Best Cricketer of the Year award. While Tiwary amassed 397 runs in the five matches he played in the Ranji Trophy, he also came good with the bat in the Vijay Hazare Trophy where he scored 219 runs.
Shami Ahmed’s consistent performance earned him the Best Fast Bowler of the Year award. Ahmed had 28 scalps to his credit in the Ranji Trophy and 11 in the Vijay Hazare
Sreevats Goswami was adjudged the Under-25 Cricketer of the Year and Arindam Das the Gentleman Cricketer of the Year.
Samar Chakraborty, perhaps one of the finest medium pacers to never make it to the top level, was awarded the Kartick Bose Lifetime Achievement Award.
"The chance of playing cricket was a reward in itself and even though I regret not playing for my country, it is a great honour for me to stand here and be recognised for my performance," Chakraborty added. The lanky medium pacer took 139 wickets in 41 matches during the span of 1965-1976 when he represented Bengal, Railways and Services in the Ranji Trophy.
Other notable awardees included Amir Gani, who was adjudged the Best Under-19 Cricketer for the 204 runs he scored and the 12 wickets he picked up in Cooch Behar Trophy, and Saika Ishaque as the Best Under-19 Women Cricketer for her impressive performance in the Women&’s Under-19 Tournament.