Jasprit Bumrah, Poonam Yadav set to receive top BCCI awards

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India fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah was named the recipient of the Polly Umrigar Award, while Poonam Yadav was honoured as the best female international cricketer.

Bumrah was in phenomenal form in Test cricket over in the 2018/19 season, picking up 21 wickets from four games in the team's historic 2-1 series triumph in Australia before taking 13 wickets at a staggering 9.23 in two Tests in the Caribbean, including a hat-trick.

He also enjoyed a good period in the limited-overs formats, including a haul of 18 wickets from nine matches in the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019 at an average of 20.61 and an economy rate of 4.41.

By winning the Polly Umrigar Award for being the best performer in men's cricket for India, he breaks Kohli's four-year streak, who won the top honour each season since 2014/15.

Meanwhile, Poonam Yadav was honoured with the award for the best performer for India in women's cricket. She picked up 14 wickets from eight one-day internationals during the period at 20.21 and also took 20 wickets from 15 T20Is at an average of under 19. 

Poonam Yadav picked up 34 wickets across ODIs and T20Is during the period
Poonam Yadav picked up 34 wickets across ODIs and T20Is during the period

K Srikkanth and Anjum Chopra were given the lifetime achievement honours in the men's and women's categories respectively.

Srikkanth, a flamboyant batsman, scored 2,062 runs at 29.88 from 43 Tests, including two centuries. He also made 4,091 runs from 146 ODIs at an average of 29.01.

Anjum Chopra played 12 Tests, scoring 548 runs at an average of 30.44 and made 2,856 runs from 127 ODIs at 31.38. While she was a fine batter, her contributions as captain were also noteworthy.

Under her leadership, India won their first Test on foreign soil against South Africa in Parl in March 2002 with Chopra herself scoring a solid first-innings 80. 

The full list of the award winners can be accessed here.

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