Indian pace ace Jasprit Bumrah was awarded the prestigious Polly Umrigar Award (2018-19) on Sunday at the BCCI Annual Awards in Mumbai. The Indian pacer, who had a fruitful 2018-19 season with Team India across all formats won the award for being the best international cricketer. Bumrah recently became the leading wicket-taker for India in the T20Is after bagging his 53rd wicket during the third and final game against Sri Lanka at Pune.
The gifted pacer made his debut for Team India in the longest format during the 2018 tour South Africa and is currently ranked as the World No.1 bowler in the ICC One Day International (ODI) Men’s rankings. In his award-winning season, the 25-year-old speed merchant also became the first Asian bowler to bag fifers against South Africa, England, Australia and the West Indies. The Mumbai Indians (MI) star pacer will be next seen on the 22 yards in the upcoming three-match series against Australia and he was also named in the T20I squad for the forthcoming New Zealand tour.
While Bumrah took home the Polly Umrigar Award, Poonam Yadav was adjudged as the winner of the best international cricketer (women) award. The Indian leggie was earlier awarded the famous Arjuna Award for her achievements in the cricket world with the national women’s team. Indian woman star batswoman Shafali Verma was honoured with the best international debutant and best woman cricketer in the junior domestic cricket category.
The full list of the winners at the BCCI Annual Awards is as follows:
Col. C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award: Kris Srikanth
BCCI Lifetime Achievement Award in Women’s Category: Anjum Chopra
BCCI Special Award: Dilip Joshi
Polly Umrigar Award for Best International Cricketer in Men’s Category: Jasprit Bumrah
Best International Cricketer in women’s category: Poonam Yadav
Best International Debut in Men’s Category: Mayank Agarwal
Best International in Men’s Category: Shafali Verma
Dilip Sardesai Award – Highest Run Getter in Test Cricket (Male) : Cheteshwar Pujara
Dilip Sardesai Award – Highest Wicket taker in Test Cricket (Male) : Jasprit Bumrah
Highest Run Getter in Women’s Category: Smriti Mandhana
Highest Wicket Taker – ODIs in Women’s Category : Jhulan Goswami
Best Umpire in Domestic Cricket: Virendra Sharma
Best Performance in Domestic Tournaments: Vidarbha Cricket Association
Lala Amarnath Award for Best All-Rounder in Ranji Trophy: Shivam Dube