Former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar said he was “honoured” to be chosen as the recipient of this year’s Col. C K Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award instituted by the BCCI.
“I feel honoured that I have been chosen for the C K Nayudu award which I guess, is the highest award for cricket in India. I am grateful to the BCCI,” said Vengsarkar.
The 116-Test veteran and former national chief selector was – incidentally – nicknamed ‘Colonel’ for the manner in which he batted which reminded people of India’s first Test captain – Nayudu.
Vengsarkar was nominated for the award by a committee comprising senior media personality Shekhar Gupta, BCCI’s interim president Shivlal Yadav and its Hony. Secretary Sanjay Patel.
The 58-year-old stylish, right-handed batsman is set to receive the honour at the Board’s annual awards function scheduled on November 21 ahead of the Indian cricket team’s departure for its lengthy tour of Australia.
The award comprises a citation, trophy and a cheque of Rs. 25 lakhs.
Vengsarkar is the 19th person nominated by the BCCI for the prestigious award.