Castrol Awards For Excellence in Cricket

October 3rd, 2007

Castrol Awards for Cricketing Excellence – What is it all about?

It is good to see that we don’t have hell lot of Awards in Indian Cricket like Bollywood, considering the popularity of Cricket in India. But I think it is just a matter of time, very soon you will see lot of awards cropping up in Cricket as well. Not sure if the cricketers will have enough time to receive the awards or not

Coming back to Castrol Awards – The Castrol Awards have been synonymous with Indian cricket since their inception in 1997-98. Apart from Special Awards, they mainly present three awards  which are :

  • Castrol Indian Cricketer of the Year
  • Castrol Junior Cricketer of the Year
  • Castrol Lifetime Achievement in Cricket Award

But, Lately I am seeing lot of addition to these awards and ceremonies, very difficult to keep track of what is going on? Last year, the ceremony was divided into two segments – First in Mumbai and then in Johannesburg to mark the 15th Anniversary of South Africa’s return to International cricket. In the Johanesburg segment, they presented Best batsman, Best Bowler and Best All rounder to Gary Kirsten,Shaun Pollock and Allan Donald. They also added four new awards to the three main awards of Indian segment( don’t know if this is terminology they are going to use) which are :

  • Best Batting Performance in Tests – Rahul Dravid (110 & 135 v/s Pakistan at Kolkata in March 2005)
  • Best Bowling Performance in Tests – Anil Kumble (10-161 v/s Pakistan at Kolkata in March 2005)
  • Best Batting Performance in ODIs – Mahendra Singh Dhoni (183 v/s Sri Lanka at Jaipur in October 2005)
  • Best Bowling Performance in ODIs – Sachin Tendulkar (5-50 v/s Pakistan at Kochi in April 2005)

Now, this year they hosted a ceremony for the “75 year of Indian Test Cricket”.

Sourav Ganguly has been named as “Best Captain” in 75 years of Indian Test Cricket, other nominees were late CK Nayudu, late Vinoo Mankad, Nari Contractor, Chandu Borde, Ajit Wadekar, Bishan Singh Bedi, Sunil Gavaskar, Gundappa Viswanath, Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid. I am surprised to see Sachin Tendulkar’s name in the list of nominees, I don’t have to say anything, everybody knows his track record of Captaincy. Surprisingly, Kapil Dev name is missing. Gundappa Vishwanath – I don’t know what to say about him.

Besides honouring the former Test captains, awards were also given to players of six different eras.

Era Player
1932-47 C K Nayudu
1947-61 Vinoo Mankad
1961-1971 Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi
1971-1981 Sunil Gavaskar
1981-1997 Kapil Dev
1997-2007 Sachin Tendulkar & Rahul Dravid


List of Past Castrol Awards

Year Location Indian Cricketer of Year Junior Cricketer of Year Lifetime Achievement
1997-98 Mumbai Sachin Tendulkar Jyoti Yadav
1998-99 Delhi Rahul Dravid Rajesh Pawar
1999-00 Mumbai Sachin Tendulkar Yuvraj Singh Vijay Hazare
2000-01 Bangalore Sachin Tendulkar Ajay Ratra Polly Umrigar
2001-02 Chennai Rahul Dravid Parthiv Patel BS Chandrasekhar
2002-03 Bangalore Rahul Dravid Ambati Rayudu Sunil Gavaskar
2003-04 Kolkata Sachin -Rahul (Shared) Shikhar Dhawan Kapil Dev
2004-05 Mumbai Rahul Dravid Piyush Chawla Erapalli Prasanna

Special Awards

Year Special Awards
1999-00 The Mumbai team that won the Ranji Trophy for the 34th time
2000-01 The Karnataka team that won the Ranji Trophy in 1973-74
2001-02 Diana Edulji and Mithali Raj for their outstanding contribution to women’s cricket
2002-03 Sourav Ganguly (captain), John Wright (coach),Andrew Leipus (physio) and Adrian Le Roux (trainer) for making a difference to Indian cricket
2003-04 The Bengal Ranji Trophy team of 1989-90
Virender Sehwag for becoming India s first triple centurion in Tests
Anil Kumble for becoming India s highest wicket-taker in Tests
2004-05 Jhulan Goswami for her performances in England in 2006
Sachin Tendulkar for scoring his record 35th Test hundred
Best Batsman: Gary Kirsten
Best All-rounder: Shaun Pollock
Best bowler: Allan Donald

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  1. Did you notice, no mention of Azharuddin.

  2. Ottayan – I did notice the absence of Azharuddin but wasn’t surprised. As he was allegedly involved in Match-Fixing, so you can understand why they ignored him.

  3. Pradeep,

    You are right, allegedly is the word.

  4. Is this worthy for the undeserving? Indian team is only interested in money making – Endorsements. Let BCCI stop from them doing so.
    When they shrink, automatically they will play good.
    Our good time of Indian Cricket is ended from 1998. Mr Kapil Dev and his team has team spirit-I can do attitude. Now these guys are pulling each one another. Indian Crabs!

    Lets not waste money on them. Let them prove they cam compete with world class team. We are not world champs and win over world 20-20 was mere a fluke and it does not happen often.
    We can’t bear Aussie’s and they are the world champs.


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