The Indian cricket team today attended the MAK Pataudi lecture which is taking place in Bengaluru. The inaugural speech was delivered by former Indian wicketkeeper Farookh Engineer. Cricketers were awarded for their excellent performances at every level of the sport. In the award ceremony, Captain Virat Kohli was presented with the Polly Umrigar award for the Best International Player from the former Indian cricketer Farokh Engineer. Jalaj Saxena was awarded Lala Amarnath award for being the best all-rounder in Ranji trophy and Axar Patel for the domestic ODIs.
Farookh Engineer was all praise for former Indian cricket captain MAK Pataudi in his lecture where he mentioned how the cricketer had overcome all odds to become a world-class player. He shared his moments spent with Pataudi and how he cherishes them.
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The ceremony saw Ravichandran Ashwin being presented the CK Nayudu award for his excellent performance in the West Indies in 2016. India’s former women’s team captain Shantha Rangaswamy was felicitated with the BCCI lifetime achievement award. The award was more special since this was the first time a woman player was being felicitated with the trophy. Colonel CK Nayudu lifetime achievement award was given to both Padmakar Shivalkar and Rajinder Goel.
Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi Memorial Lecture which was started by the BCCI to honour the cricketing legend in the wake of his death. It was started in 2013 and since then it has become an annual affair. The Indian cricket Test team has just earned a victory in its 2nd match against Australia in Bengaluru’s M. Chinnaswamy Stadium and was seen visibly enjoying this outing. Though the match was a win for the team in blue things turned a little bitter on the field when the Indian captain lambasted Aussie skipper Steve Smith on the DRS issue. ICC has come up with the decision that there will be no action against the duo. The third Test match between India and Australia is to take place in Ranchi’s JSCA International Stadium Complex.