Ravichandran Ashwin has won the coveted International Cricketer of the Year award at the CEAT Cricket Rating (CCR) International awards 2017 on Wednesday (May 24).
The off-spinner received the award from by former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar and Harsh Goenka, Chairman of RPG Enterprises, at a function held at the Cricket Club of India.
Thanks to Ashwin’s glorious form with the ball in hand, and sometimes also with the bat, India were in dominating form in the previous season, having won 10 of their 13 Tests played against New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia. Ashwin played quite a pivotal role here, picking up 99 wickets in the past 12 months.
Speaking on the occasion, Ashwin recalled that his first autograph which he had taken was from Gavaskar at the Chepauk stadium in Chennai.
Ashwin also praised Tamil Nadu offie Washington Sundar for his impressive show in the IPL while playing for Rising Pune Supergiant.
“Washington did really well in the Vijay Hazare trophy. I had heard from a couple of people that he is doing well. He has got good idea of how to bowl in T20s and to ball with the new ball is a massive challenge.
“The first scar which you will inflict will always have value and he initially bowled well. The pace and the length which he hit was very very critical,” said Ashwin.
In the meantime, young batsman Shubhman Gill won the Young player of the year award. for his superb performance during the India-England U-19 ODI series, played in Mumbai.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com