20:57 hrs IST: That concludes the awards session. All the award winners have joined in a group photo.
20:55 hrs IST: Shivalkar adds, “The best bowler according to me was Bishan Singh Bedi. Everyone was in his shadow.
20:54 hrs IST: Padmakar Shivalkar is the next recipient of the CK Nayudu lifetime achievement award. Like Goel, he was a left-arm spinner who never played for India. In 124 first-class games, he picked up 589 wickets.
20:53 hrs IST: Goel says, “It came late, but happy BCCI thought of us. Players become old but never age.”
20:51 hrs IST: The Colonel CK Nayudu lifetime achievement award is presented to Rajinder Goel. The left-arm orthodox spinner never played for India but in 157 First-Class games, he picked up 750 wickets.
20:49 hrs IST: Vaman speaks on the evolving nature of legspin. “I learnt the tricks of legspin from my idol Subhash Gupte. He had two googlies. One which turned and one which did not turn much. However, he got wickets with that
20:43 hrs IST: There is a special posthumous BCCI award for Ramakant Desai. There is also a special award for Vaman Kumar, the Tamil Nadu legspinner who played two Tests in 1961.
20:42 hrs IST: On receiving the award, Shanta says, “We were never paid. We travelled by unreserved train and stayed in dormitaries. I dedicate the award to pioneers in women cricket who played when there was little incentive.”
20:40 hrs IST: Shantha Rangaswamy, the former India women’s captain, gets the BCCI Lifetime achievement award from Ajit Wadekar. She is the first woman player to be felicitated by the BCCI.
20:37 hrs IST: Virat Kohli, on receiving the award, says, “I am not bothered who thinks what. This is the attitude in dressing room. We learn to win together and lose together. I wanted to be the best in all formats. I saw it as an opportunity and I decided to follow a path the whole team believed it.
20:30 hrs IST: Virat Kohli wins the Polly Umrigar award for best international player of 2015/16. He becomes the first Indian player to get the award three times.
20:27 hrs IST: Ravichandran Ashwin gets the CK Nayudu award for his best performance in the West Indies in 2016. He picked up 17 wickets in four Tests, including a haul of 7/83 in North Sound.
20:23 hrs IST: The lecture has concluded and now, the other set of awards will be presented. The big ones!
20:18 hrs IST: Engineer recalls his time when Tiger was cracking practical jokes. Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland is present too. Engineer praises Australia for the Pune win but hails Virat Kohli as Captain Marvel. He calls for a neutral pitch in which he says even visiting captains can be asked to bat
20:16 hrs IST: Engineer urges to know and respect the contributions made by Tiger Pataudi to Indian cricket.
20:11 hrs IST: Engineer has nothing but praise for Pataudi. He states that despite losing one eye, Pataudi was still a world-class player.
20:06 hrs IST: It is time for the MAK Pataudi lecture, which will be delivered by former India wicketkeeper Farokh Engineer. Ravi Shastri invites Pataudi’s wife Sharmila Tagore.
20:01 hrs IST: The best performance in the BCCI domestic tournament of 2015/16 is given to the Mumbai Cricket Association. Ajinkya Rahane collects it. In the 2015/16 Ranji Trophy, Mumbai won the Ranji Trophy title for a record 42nd time when they defeated Saurashtra by an innings.
19:58 hrs IST: Bishan Singh Bedi will give the next set of awards. The Lala Amarnath award for the best all-rounders is being given to Jalaj Saxena of Madhya Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy and Axar Patel of Gujarat for the domestic one-dayers.
19:55 hrs IST: Erapalli Prasanna will present the next set of awards. Shreyas Iyer and Shahbaz Nadeem get the Madhavrao Scindia awards for being the highest run-getter and highest wicket-taker in the 2015/16 Ranji Trophy.
19:52 hrs IST: The awards ceremony is moving at a fast pace. The MA chidambaram trophy for U-16 and U-19 players has been announced. Abhishek Sharma has won it in the U-19 category. Anil Kumble presented the award.
19:49 hrs IST: Today is Harmanpreet Kaur’s birthday. The India skipper has made gigantic strides in the last couple of seasons. She became the first Indian player to be selected in a foreign Twenty20 League, the Women’s Big Bash League while in the ICC World Cup qualifiers in Sri Lanka, she did a MS Dhoni and slammed a six off the penultimate ball to give India victory in the final against South Africa.
19:44 hrs IST: Rahul Johri begins the session and he gives the opening keynote address in which he hails the contribution of the men’s and women’s cricket team. The function then proceeds to give the montage of the team’s home run.
19:42 hrs IST: The ceremony will kick off with the MAK Pataudi lecture which will be delivered by former India wicketkeeper Farookh Engineer.
19:35 hrs IST: The Indian players are arriving at the venue. The 2017 Awards are being held after a gap of two years. No award ceremony took place in the 2015/16 season.
19:32 hrs IST: A warm welcome to the 2017 BCCI Awards. These are great times for Indian cricket, with Virat Kohli’s team having pulled off a sensational win over Australia in Bangalore to level the series 1-1.
The BCCI Awards will be held in Bangalore after a gap of two years. This is the first ceremony conducted by the Indian Cricket Board since the Supreme Court verdict which removed Anurag Thakur as the president of the BCCI. Get live updates of BCCI awards 2017 here.
Acting on a Supreme Court directive, the Committee of Administrators, led by former CAG Vinod Rai, has banished cricket officials who are ‘banned’ as per the Lodha committee recommendations.
The Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) has boycotted the event, followed by cricket associations from Mumbai, Bengal and Madhya Pradesh. Associations like Vidarbha and Tripura, that implemented the Lodha Panel recommendations, are expected to be present.
The BCCI awards began in 2006 and there are several awards in certain categories.
The major award is the Polly Umrigar Award for international cricketer of the year, followed by CK Nayudu Award for lifetime achievement followed by the Madhavrao Scindia awards for best performances in Ranji Trophy.
There is also the MA Chidambaram Trophy for best performances in the U-23 section. There is the NKP Salve award for the U-19 section while there is the Raj Singh Dungarpur award for the U-16 section. There is the Lala Amarnath Award for individual all-round performances.
For the first time, services rendered by Indian women cricketers will be recognised.
There will be a Lifetime Achievement Award and former India captain Shanta Rangaswamy will be its first recipient. This season will also witness another first. Two former Indian cricketers have been picked for the CK Nayudu Trophy, who never played Test cricket. There will also be the Jagmohan Dalmiya award for the best woman cricketer.
Sachin Tendulkar was the first recipient of the Polly Umrigar Award while Virat Kohli won it in 2014/15. Both players have won this award twice.
Before the start of the awards ceremony, former India wicketkeeper Farokh Engineer will deliver the fifth MAK Pataudi Memorial Lecture.