The cricketing world gathered in celebration as the CEAT Cricket Awards ceremony on August 21 recognized and celebrated outstanding performances from some of the sport’s brightest stars. From Indian cricketing sensations like Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Suryakumar Yadav, and Shubman Gill to New Zealand’s Kane Williamson, the event was a glittering tribute to their remarkable achievements on the pitch over the past year.
Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar emerged as a standout performer, clinching the prestigious CEAT T20 Bowler of the Year award. The 33-year-old’s exceptional display with the ball in 2022 earned him this accolade. With 37 wickets from 32 T20Is at an average of 19.56 and an economy rate of 6.98, Kumar’s impact on the shortest format was undeniable, making him a deserving recipient of the honor.
Shubman Gill and Suryakumar Yadav shine
Shubman Gill’s meteoric rise in the cricketing world was underscored by his sweeping success at the CEAT Cricket Awards. The 23-year-old garnered the ‘ODI Batter of the Year’ and ‘International Cricketer of the Year awards, a testament to his exceptional form. Gill’s prowess was on full display in 2023, marked by centuries across all formats, including a remarkable double hundred in ODIs. His performance in IPL 2023, where he notched 890 runs in 17 innings with an average of 59.33 and a strike rate of 157.80, solidified his stature as a true cricketing pioneer.
Another Indian talent, Suryakumar Yadav, was honored with the ‘T20 Batter of the Year award for his explosive stroke play in the shortest format. Yadav’s breathtaking performances propelled him to the number-one rank in the T20I batters’ rankings. His remarkable feat of scoring over 1000 runs in the T20 format during 2022 affirmed his impact on the game’s modern style.
Kane Williamson’s Triumph
Amidst the luminous gathering, New Zealand’s Kane Williamson shone brightly as he clinched the coveted ‘Test Cricketer of the Year award. The 33-year-old’s Test performances in 2022 were nothing short of exceptional, amassing 852 runs from eight matches at an average of 71, accompanied by four centuries.
While Williamson was not present in person to receive the award, New Zealand Test skipper Tim Southee collected the honor on his behalf. The ceremony was further graced by the presence of former New Zealand captain and current England Test team’s head coach, Brendon McCullum.