Kapil Dev to be 2013 recipient of Col. C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award

Chennai, Dec.18 : The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said on Wednesday that former bowling all-rounder and former captain Kapil Dev Nikhanj will be the recipient of this year's Col. C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Board's Col. C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award Committee, comprising Mr. N. Srinivasan, President, BCCI, Mr. Sanjay Patel, Hony. Secretary, BCCI, and Mr. Ayaz Memon, Senior Journalist, met in Chennai to nominate a winner, earlier today. It was unanimously decided to nominate Kapil Dev Nikhanj for the award.

One of the greatest cricketers of all time, Kapil Dev Nikhanj was the first player to complete the 'double' of 5,000 runs and 400 wickets in Tests.

In an illustrious career that commenced in 1978 and concluded in 1994, he represented India in 131 Tests, from which he took 434 wickets. He also scored 5,248 runs, inclusive of eight centuries. He played 225 ODIs, in which he took 253 wickets and scored 3,783 runs.

His most memorable contribution to Indian cricket was the victory in the 1983 World Cup. As captain, Kapil Dev led from the front, with bat, ball and in the field, as the Indian cricket team won the sport's ultimate prize, for the very first time.

His match-winning 175 in a league encounter against Zimbabwe, wherein he rescued India from a perilous 9-4 that became 17-5, is part of cricketing folklore. He struck with the ball at critical stages, right through the tournament, and held two crucial catches - those of Viv Richards and Clive Lloyd - in the final against the West Indies. His other significant achievement as captain of India was the '2-0' Test series win in England, in 1986.

Kapil Dev's temperament and tenacity overshadowed his talent. He produced his best in crisis situations. He overcame an injured thigh to take 5-28 against Australia at Melbourne in 1980-81, which took India to a famous series-levelling win.

His 119 against the same team at Chennai in 1986-87, steered India out of a tight spot, and set up only the second Tied Test in the history of the sport.

Against England at Lord's in 1990, with India needing 24 to avoid the follow-on, and the number eleven batsman at the other end, he proceeded to hit off-spinner Eddie Hemmings for four consecutive sixes.

He had a stint as coach of the Indian team in 1999-00, and served as Chairman of the National Cricket Academy in 2006-07. He is presently a popular media personality.

Kapil Dev will receive the Col. C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award, which comprises a trophy, citation and a cheque for Rs. 25 lakhs, at the BCCI Awards Ceremony for the year 2012-13, the details of which will be announced soon.

The BCCI's Col. C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award, named after India's first Test captain, is given to individuals whose contribution to Indian cricket, on and off the field, is unparalleled.

The previous winners of the award are as follows:

1994 - Lala Amarnath

1995 - Syed Mushtaq Ali

1996 - Capt. Vijay Hazare

1997 - K.N. Prabhu

1998 - P. R. Umrigar

1999 - Col. Hemachandra Adhikari

2000 - Subhash Gupte

2001 - Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi

2002 - Bhausaheb Nimbalkar

2003 - Chandrakant Borde

2004 - B.S. Bedi, B. Chandrasekhar, EAS Prasanna, S. Venkataraghvan

2007 - Nariman Contractor

2008 - Gundappa Viswanath

2009 - Mohinder Amarnath

2010 - Salim Durani

2011 - Ajit Wadekar

2012 - Sunil Gavaskar

--ANI (Posted on 18-12-2013)

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