Indian cricket team captain Kohli receives Polly Umrigar Award

Smriti Mandhana was named the international cricketer of the year 2017-18 in the women’s category while Harmanpreet Kaur received the player of the year for her phenomenal performances in the 2016-17 season.

Apart from international cricketers, domestic players received the awards. Jalaj Saxena, Parvez Rasool, Krunal Pandya were all awarded for their brilliant performances in the domestic circuit.

Jalaj and Rasool were adjudged ‘Best All Rounders’ in Ranji Trophy while Krunal was rewarded for his performance in the Hazare one-day championship.

Former England captain Kevin Pietersen was also present during the award ceremony and delivered the keynote address for the MAK Pataudi Memorial lecture. With this, he became the first non-Indian cricketer to deliver the opening speech of the prestigious awards.