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Ravichandran Ashwin wins CEAT International Cricketer of the Year award

Ravichandran Ashwin has taken 99 wickets in the past 12 months

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

R Ashwin, Sunil Gawaskar
Veteran cricketer Sunil Gawaskar with Harsh Goenka (R), chairman of RPG Enterprises present CEAT Cricket Award to cricketer R Ashwin in Mumbai. Photo: Kamlesh Pednekar

off-spinner on Wednesday won the coveted at the CEAT Rating (CCR) International awards 2017.

The award was presented to Ashwin by former skipper Sunil Gavaskar and Harsh Goenka, Chairman of RPG Enterprises, at a function held at the Club of

Ashwin was the wrecker-in-chief during the home season, where India won 10 of their 13 Tests played against New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia.

Ashwin has taken 99 wickets in the past 12 months.

Meanwhile, young batsman Shubhman Gill won the Young player of the year award. For his superb performance during the India-England U-19 ODI series, played in Mumbai.

Speaking on the occasion, Ashwin recalled that his first autograph which he had taken was from Gavaskar at the Chepauk stadium in Chennai.

Ashwin also praised Tamil Nadu offie Washington Sundar for his impressive show in the IPL while playing for Rising Pune Supergiant.

"Washington did really well in the Vijay Hazare trophy. I had heard from a couple of people that he is doing well. He has got good idea of how to bowl in T20s and to ball with the new ball is a massive challenge.

"The first scar which you will inflict will always have value and he initially bowled well. The pace and the length which he hit was very very critical," said Ashwin.

First Published: Wed, May 24 2017. 17:58 IST