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Murlitharan bags double in Ceat Cricket Rating awards

New Delhi, Fri, 19 Oct 2007 NI Wire

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Oct 19: India's Anil Kumble and Australian Ricky Ponting win Lifetime Achievement Award

Ace Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan had a double delight in Ceat Cricket Rating (CCR) awards when he won the 2006-07 CEAT International Cricketer award and the Best International Bowler award respectively while India's leg-spinner Anil Kumble and Australian captain Ricky Ponting bagged the Lifetime Achievement awards at a gleaming ceremony held at the Police Gymkhana in Mumbai on Thursday.

Australian team led by Ricky Ponting won the International Cricket Team award for the eighth time and sixth year in the running and was richer by $10,000.

Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene grabbed the International Batsman award and got a purse of $5,000 while Muralitharan received $7,500 and $5,000 for his two awards.

Kumble and Ponting received $ 5,000 each for the newly introduced awards to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of the Test matches between the two nations which commenced in 1947-48.

Newly crowned Twenty20 World Champions India team was also felicitated with a purse of Rs1.5 lacs.

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar said that the CEAT rating was the first in the world that recognised and rewarded international players for their stupendous performances every year.

"They are very comprehensive and easy to understand. The ratings are pretty much accurate as you can see some of the modern greats like Brain Lara, Muralitharan, Ponting etc. winning the CEAT International Cricketer of the Year in the past," Gavaskar added.

The new section of Ceat Under-19 and Twenty20 ratings were also introduced with a vision to catch and promote young talent, from across the country among the hosts of past and present cricketers

The CEAT ratings commence on May 01 and conclude on April 30. The cricketer and team that accumulate the highest number of points in their categories during this period will be the proud winners.

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