Indian captain Virat Kohli will be awarded to the prestigious Polly Umrigar Award for Best International Cricketer in the last two seasons. Kohli will be honored by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in the function which will be held in Bengaluru on June 12. The BCCI officials gave this information on Thursday. BCCI Awards are honored at the domestic and international level for the players who are performing well. In this function, Kohli will be honored with the highest award in the men’s category, Harmanpreet Kaur, and Smriti Mandhana will be honored for their outstanding performance in the women’s category in 2016-17 and 2017-18.
BCCI will give the award in four different categories in the honor of late President, Jagmohan Dalmiya. This category includes the Jagmohan Dalmiya Trophy, Under-16 Vijay Merchant Trophy, Best Junior and Senior Cricketer Award in the Female category. On this occasion, BCCI executive president C.K. Khanna said, “The annual award ceremony of the board is such a moment, where the veteran of this game, the present generation, and the future stars were present under one shelter. It is a way of giving gratitude to those players who made this game better with their skills and hard work”.
In the 2016-17 season, Kohli scored 1332 runs in 13 Test matches at a remarkable average of 74, during the period he also scored 1516 runs in 27 ODIs with a remarkable average of 84.22. In the six Tests played in the 2017-18 seasons, Kohli scored 896 runs with an extraordinary average of 89.6, while his ODI average stands at 75.50.
Indian Skipper Virat Kohli will walk away with a total prize money of Rs 15 lakh for each season in the men’s category, while Indian women’s team top speeders Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana, who played a vital role in India’s impressive runners-up finish at the 2017 Women’s World Cup, will become maiden recipients of the awards for best international cricketer (women) for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons respectively.