Castrol Awards For Cricketing Excellence – Dravid And Tendulkar’s Night Of Joy
Release date: 27 November 2004
The Castrol Indian Cricketer of the Year Award this year saw a tie between Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid – both of whom have already won this prestigious trophy thrice each since the inception of the Award in 1997-98.
The annual CASTROL Awards for Cricketing Excellence took a significant step towards expansion at the seventh awards ceremony, held in Kolkata on 26th November 2004. For the first time since the inception of the awards, two cricketers tied for the prestigious CASTROL Indian Cricketer of the Year Award for 2003-2004. Since its inception, the CASTROL Indian Cricketer of the year Award is based on two criteria – statistical performance through which the top five cricketers are selected, followed by voting by all Indian cricketers – past and present.
This year, equal weightage was given to each of the criteria – statistical performance and voting results and the result was a tie between the two leading Indian cricketers - Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid.
Both Dravid and Tendulkar received the Castrol Indian Cricketer of the Year Award comprising a trophy and a cheque for Rs. 5 lacs, for their performances in the CASTROL Year of 2003-2004, which began on 1st October 2003 and ended on 30th September 2004. The Awards were given away by Mr. David Baldry – Group vice President, BP Lubricants worldwide and Mr. Naveen Kshatriya – Managing Director, Castrol India Limited. Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman and Irfan Pathan were the other ‘finalists’ for this award, winning a trophy and cheque for Rs. 50,000 each.
Kapil Dev Nikhanj, who received the CASTROL Lifetime Achievement in Cricket Award, got a standing ovation from the crowd for his outstanding contribution to the game of cricket. Kapil received the Award from Mr. David Baldry – Group Vice President, BP Lubricants worldwide. During his glorious career spanning 16 years, Kapil Dev took 434 wickets and scored 5248 runs in test cricket and took 253 wickets and scored 3783 runs in one-day internationals.
Castrol also felicitated Virender Sehwag for becoming India’s first triple centurion in Test cricket, and Anil Kumble for taking his 400th Test wicket. These Awards were given away by Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev.
The CASTROL Junior Cricketer of the Year Award went to Delhi opener Shikhar Dhawan, who scored 505 runs in the Under-19 World Cup held in Bangladesh.
Also felicitated on the occasion was the Bengal Ranji Trophy team of 1989-90 which was the last Bengal team to win the Ranji trophy. Besides mementos which were given away to the team. In a surprise gesture, on behalf of Castrol India Limited, Mr. A .S Ramchander – Executive Director, announced the setting up of a Corpus fund of Rs.5 lakhs to support deserving Bengal cricketers who had played first class cricket for Bengal.