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Monday, November 17, 2008 02:24 PM IST (08:54 AM GMT)
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Sehwag and Dhoni in the Race for the Castrol Indian Cricketer of the Year
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, Monday, November 17, 2008 — (Business Wire India) — Virender Sehwag and Indian Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni completed a fruitful season for India with some spectacular knocks that has propelled them to the top of the list for the Castrol Awards for Cricketing Excellence for the period January 2008 – December 2008.
Starting with the Asia Cup in June 2008, Sehwag marked a blistering return to form in one-day international cricket, with a pulsating century against Pakistan in the group stages. This was followed by a quick-fire knock of 60 in the Finals which nearly upset the defending champions Sri Lanka.
The ‘Nawab of Najafgarh’ was in his element during India’s torrid Test tour of Sri Lanka, excelling with a scintillating double century against the spin duo of Murali and Mendis. Sehwag’s consistent run in Test cricket carried on to the recent Border-Gavaskar Trophy in India, with some solid starts at the top of the order. These performances firmly place him at the number 1 slot for the Castrol Awards for Cricketing Excellence, with 54 points.
Close on his heels, with 50 points, is India’s ‘Captain Courageous’ and new age poster boy, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, whose innovative and inspirational leadership helped India regain the Border-Gavaskar trophy by a convincing 2-0 margin.
Team India’s young guns, and the future nucleus of the team, captured the other 3 slots among the top 5, with match-winning efforts. Harbhajan Singh found some fine bowling rhythm against the Australians, picking up crucial wickets in the Mohali and Nagpur Tests, and chipping in with match turning half centuries in Bangalore and Nagpur, to grab the third position with 43 points.
The Delhi Duo of Gautam Gambhir and Ishant Sharma dominated the Australia series with performances symbolic of their overwhelming cricketing talent. Gambhir was the top scorer with 463 runs including a fine double century on his home ground, to capture the 4th spot with 41 points.
Ishant Sharma, India’s new fast bowling sensation, stormed away to 15 wickets in the Australia Test series, displaying phenomenal pace and accuracy on placid and docile Indian tracks, to take the 5th spot for the Castrol Awards with 39 points.
With the India – England series going on, it will be a really exciting battle between Sehwag and Dhoni for the Castrol Indian Cricketer of the Year Award. As has been done over the years, the top five players on points will form the shortlist of the finalists and the Award for the Castrol Indian Cricketer of the Year will be based on votes cast by all Indian cricketers – past and present.
The annual CASTROL AWARDS FOR CRICKETING EXCELLENCE were instituted in 1997-98. The rating system takes into account performances by Indian cricketers in international matches during the calendar year. Previous recipients of the CASTROL INDIAN CRICKETER OF THE YEAR AWARD are Sachin Tendulkar (1997-98, 1999-00, 2000-01, 2003-04 – shared) and Rahul Dravid (1998-99, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04 – shared and 2004-05).
Early this year, Castrol also initiated the Castrol Asian Cricketer of the Year Award which was won by Sourav Ganguly.
For more information on the Castrol Awards for Cricketing Excellence including the points system, log on to www.castrol.co.in
About Castrol Awards for Cricketing Excellence (India)
The Castrol Awards for Cricketing Excellence were instituted by Castrol in 1997 to recognize and honour the present, past and future of Indian Cricket. The main awards include the Castrol Indian Cricketer of the Year, the Castrol Junior Cricketer of the Year and the Castrol Lifetime Achievement Award. The Castrol Indian Cricketer of the Year Award is a democratic award based on the performances of Indian cricketers in International cricket. The Castrol Junior Cricketer of the Year Award recognizes and highlights the performances of budding cricketers who are exceptionally talented and who have performed consistently in the domestic season under review. The Castrol Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes and rewards outstanding contribution to Indian cricket.
About Castrol India Limited
Castrol India Limited is a public limited company in which 70.92 % of the paid-up capital is held by Castrol Limited, U.K which is a part of BP Group worldwide. Starting off as a trading unit in India, Castrol has grown to become the largest lubricant company in the retail automotive segment. Castrol has constantly demonstrated its commitment to Indian consumers by offering world class products, backed by the highest level of customer service. Castrol India is acknowledged as the technology leader in the Indian lubricant industry.
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