Former cricketing ace Sunil Gavaskar to receive Col. CK Nayudu award

India News Bulletin Desk
Sunil Gavaskar to receive Col. C.K. Nayudu Award
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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has selected former cricketing champion Sunil Gavaskar as the winner of Col. C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement award. Gavaskar will receive the trophy and a 25-lakh rupees cheque prize and a citation at the BCCI awards function.

The BCCI arrived at the decision to honour the 63-year-old right hand batsman from Mumbai after a committee meeting in Mumbai earlier on Thursday, October 25.

One of the all-time greats, Gavaskar represented India in 125 Tests from 1970-71 to 1986-87. Gavaskar or “Sunny” as he was popularly known, scored a record 774 runs in his debut series in the West Indies, and went on to achieve several milestones.

He was the first batsman to score 10,000 runs in Tests, and the first to play 100 consecutive Tests, according to the BCCI. Gavaskar was also the first batsman to score hundreds in each innings of a Test thrice. He was the first batsman to surpass Australian cricketer, Sir Don Bradman's tally of 29 Test centuries.

One of Gavaskar’s highest career point was as the captain of the Indian team during the World Championship of Cricket -- a limited-overs tournament featuring all the then Test-playing nations, in 1984-85. India lifted the trophy then under his leadership.

Following his retirement, he became a popular media personality after his retirement. He was also the chairman of the BCCI’s Technical Committee, and chairman of the ICC’s Cricket Committee, for several years.  

Gavaskar is also the recipient of Padma Bhushan by the Indian government.

In addition to honouring Gavaskar with the Col. C.K. Nayudu Award, the BCCI will honour seven cricketing personalities with a Special Award for their "outstanding contribution to Indian cricket". These include Vijay Manjrekar, Dilip Sardesai, Vinoo Mankad, Ghulam Ahmed, Vijay Merchant, Dattu Phadkar, and M.L. Jaisimha.
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