Castrol Awards 2008–09
Traditionally, the three main awards presented at the annual Castrol Awards are:
- Castrol Indian Cricketer of the Year
- Castrol Junior Cricketer of the Year
- Castrol Lifetime Achievement in Cricket
Castrol Indian Cricketer of the YearThe Castrol Indian Cricketer of the Year Award is a democratic award based on the performances of Indian cricketers at the international level. The award is based on a two-tiered system which is based on points as well as a voting process. Points are calculated on the basis of performances in all international matches and the top five point-getters are shortlisted for the next stage which is a voting system. All Indian cricketers who have played at least one Test and / or five one-day internationals are invited to vote for the Castrol Indian Cricketer of the Year. Thus, the award is just not based on quantitative data, but qualitative judgement as well. Over the years, this Award has been shared between Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar.
Castrol Junior Cricketer of the YearThe Castrol Junior Cricketer of the Year award recognizes the performances of cricketers in the under-19 age-group in junior-level and domestic tournaments. Previous winners of this Award include : Jyoti Yadav, Rajesh Pawar, Yuvraj Singh, Ajay Ratra, Parthiv Patel, Ambati Rayudu, Shikar Dhawan and Piyush Chawla.
Castrol Lifetime Achievement in Cricket AwardThe Castrol Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes and rewards outstanding contribution to Indian cricket. The contenders for this award could be cricketers, coaches, umpires, administrators or media persons - anyone who is considered to have contributed to the cause of Indian cricket. Previous winners include : Capt Vijay Hazare, Polly Umrigar, B S Chandrasekhar, Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev and Erapalli Prasanna.
Special AwardsIn addition to the above categories, Special Awards are also given away each year for outstanding achievement in cricket. Over the years, the Special Award winners have included Diana Edulji, Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami for women’s cricket, Virender Sehwag (for becoming India’s first triple centurian), Anil Kumble (highest wicket taker in Tests) and Sachin Tendulkar (35 Test hundreds) amongst others.
New Awards from 2008The following additional awards have been introduced in 2008 and will be given away on an annual basis:
- Castrol Test Cricketer of the Year
- Castrol ODI Cricketer of the Year
- Castrol Batsman of the Year
- Castrol Bowler of the Year
CELEBRATING A DECADE OF THE CASTROL CRICKET AWARDS AND THE PLATINUM JUBILEE OF INDIA’S INAUGURAL TEST MATCHIn 2007 – the tenth year of the Awards, the format of the Award was changed to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of India’s inaugural Test match. India’s 75 Test-playing years from 1932 to 2007 were divided into six eras, and the best cricketer of each ear was felicitated. The awardees were:
Late Col. C. K. Nayudu 1932 – 1947
Late Vinoo Mankad 1947 – 1961
MAK Pataudi 1961 – 1971
Sunil Gavaskar 1971 – 1981
Kapil Dev 1981 – 1997
Sachin Tendulkar-Rahul Dravid (shared) 1997 - 2006
Awarding MethodologyThe annual Castrol Awards for Cricketing Excellence initially took into account Tests and one-day internationals played by India from 1st October to 30th September. From 2006, the calendar year – 1st January to 31st December – has been considered the ‘Castrol’ year.
The methodology adopted to select the winners in the main categories is as follows:
I. Castrol Indian Cricketer of the Year Award:The winner is selected through a process that has two stages.
In the first stage, performances by Indians in Tests and one-day internationals in the Castrol Cricket Year are rated in the following categories:
Aggregate - Tests / ODIs; Wickets - Tests / ODIs; Batting average – Tests / ODIs; Bowling average - Tests / ODIs; Catches taken - Tests / ODIs.
In the second stage, a 'ballot form' comprising the names of the five nominees and a summary of their performances in tests and one-day internationals (with stats) is sent to all the living cricketers who have represented India in at least one test or five one-day internationals. They are asked to 'vote' for one of the five nominees and the player who receives the highest number of votes is declared the winner. The voting is by secret ballot and is monitored by Professional Management Group.