The 2018 BCCI Awards (Naman) were held at Bengaluru on Tuesday. Since 2007 the BCCI honours the best international and domestic cricketers of the past year.

The ceremony saw a turnout by players and celebrities alike. The star attraction of the event, however, was Virat Kohli who came to pick up his Polly Umrigar Award (Cricketer of The Year) along with his wife Anushka Sharma.

The event was attended by a lot of the current as well as retired players of domestic and international cricket alike and also the whole Afghanistan team who are playing against India in their first ever Test match.

The entire Indian woman’s cricket team were also spotted in attendance. Mahendra Singh was missing from the BCCI awards but was seen instead at the premiere of Race 3.

Here are some highlights of 2018 BCCI Awards:

Virat Kohli wins the Polly Umrigar (Cricketer Of The Year) Award for the second consecutive time

Smriti Mandana wins the woman’s Cricketer Of The Year Award

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Kevin Pietersen came to deliver MAK Pataudi Lecture

Virat Kohli thanked Anushka Sharma for making the award more special

Mahendra Singh Dhoni had other plans

The lifetime achievement award for men was won by 65-year-old cricketer Anshuman Gaekwad and the lifetime achievement award for women was won by Sudha Shah who is 59 years old.

The domestic cricket also got its recognition when Jalaj Saxena was awarded the best all-rounder in Ranji Trophy.

Krunal Pandya, however, was unable to receive his award for best all-rounder in domestic limited overs competition for his performance in ‘Hazare One-Day Championship’ as he is on national duty for India A.

BCCI has also added more awards this year with awards for specific age groups for both men and woman’s cricket. The inclusion being MA Chidambaram Trophy for highest Scorer and highest wicket-taker in the under-23 and under-19 category.

Also the Jagmohan Dalmiya Trophy for the highest scorer and wicket-taker in the under-16 category.

Delhi & District CA won the award for best performance in BCCI Domestic Tournaments.

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Sources: Times of India, The Quint, Times Now + more

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