The Indian cricket team skipper has been in phenomenal form across all formats in 2016 and 2017. In the 2016 season, he smashed 1215 runs at an average of over 75 in Tests, 739 runs in ODIs at an average of 92 and showed remarkable consistency in Twenty20 cricket, averaging 106.
His great form continued even in 2017 as he went past 1000 runs yet again in Tests but he had a fabulous ODI season, scoring 1460 runs with an average of over 76. During the 2017 season, he went past 9000 ODI runs, making him the quickest.
Vinod Rai, the chairman of the CoA said: “I congratulate all the winners of the BCCI Annual Awards. The last two years have been fabulous for Indian Cricket with both the men and women’s teams doing very well. We are proud of their achievements and this is our small way of acknowledging their on-field efforts.”
Rahul Johri, BCCI’s CEO: “Every year we have champion players delivering champion performances. Awards help boost a player’s confidence and we only hope that we get more noteworthy performances in the season to follow,.”
In addition, the board has also increased prize money across nine categories by Rs. 1 lakh and the revised prize money is Rs.1.5 lakh.