Award Section

History of CEAT Cricket Rating Awards

2016 - 2017

Award
1. International Cricketer of the Year R Ashwin
2 Young Player of the Year Shubman Gill

India’s R Ashwin was announced as the CEAT International Player of the Year, thus adding his name to an elite list of cricketers.

His contribution went a long way in India registering a historic Test series win against the Australians to regain the mace for finishing top in the ICC Test rankings. He finished the year with a scintillating 99 wickets which included 9 five wickets hauls.

Rewarding and encouraging younger talent, prolific India U19 batsman Shubman Gill bagged the honour of the CEAT Young Player of the Year. This after he amassed a whopping 603 runs in 9 games at an impressive average of 67 in the recently concluded Junior Domestic Season.

2015 - 2016

Award
1. International Cricketer of the Year Joe Root
2 International Batsman of the Year Joe Root
3. International Bowler of the Year R Ashwin
4. Test Cricketer of the Year Kane Williamson
5. ODI Cricketer of the Year Martin Guptill
6. T20 Cricketer of the Year Virat Kohli
7. Indian Cricketer of the Year Rohit Sharma
8. Domestic Cricketer of the Year Shreyas Iyer
9. Young Player of the Year Rishab Pant, Sarfaraz Khan, Ishan Kishan
10. Special Award Ajinkya Rahane

England’s Joe Root was announced as the CEAT International Cricketer of the year, becoming only the second English player to bag the honor after Jonathan Trott.

He was also named the CEAT International Batsman of the year for his stellar performances in the year gone by; amassing over 2000 runs in Test and ODIs. New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson had a prolific run with the willow, earning him the Test Cricketer of the year while his teammate Martin Guptill earned the ODI Cricketer of the year award.

Rohit Sharma for his standout performances versus Australia Down Under was conferred with the CEAT Indian Player of the year. Virat Kohli was conferred with T20 Player of the year award for his dream run with the bat in the recently concluded ICC T20 World Cup. India’s Right Arm Off break R Ashwin was awarded the International Bowler of the Year.

Rewarding and encouraging younger talent, India’s Rishab Pant, Sarfaraz Khan and Ishan Kishan were awarded CEAT young players of the Year while Ajinkya Rahane was announced as CEAT Special Award for becoming only the 5th Indian to score a 100 in each innings of a test match versus South Africa. Shreyas Iyer for his prolific Ranji trophy season won the CEAT Domestic Cricketer of the Year award.

Cricketing legend Dilip Vengsarkar was awarded the ‘CEAT International Lifetime Achievement Award’ for his outstanding contribution to Indian cricket.

2014 - 2015

Award
1. International Cricketer of the Year Kumar Sangakkara
2 Indian Cricketer of the Year Ajinkya Rahane
3 International Batsman of the Year Hashim Amla
4 International Bowler of the Year Rangana Herath
5 T20 Player of the Year Dwayne Bravo
6. Popular Choice Award Kieron Pollard
7. Special Award Rohit Sharma
8 Domestic Cricketer of the Year R Vinay Kumar
9. Young Player of the Year Deepak Hooda

Kumar Sangakkara was crowned CEAT International Cricketer of the Year for the first time, becoming the fourth Sri Lankan player after Sanath Jaysuriya, Muttiah Muralitharan and Mahela Jayawardene to receive the honour.

The stylish left-hander enjoyed the year that batsmen dream of as he amassed an aggregate of just short of 3000 runs in Tests and ODIs. But the 37-year-old appeared to save his best for the 50 over World Championship in Australia and New Zealand where he marked his final ODI tournament by becoming the first batsman to score four successive ODI centuries.

Others who were covered in glory included Ajinkya Rahane who was named CEAT Indian Cricketer of the Year thanks to some fine batting exploits on India’s tour of England and Australia. South African Test captain Hashim Amla also enjoyed a prolific year with the willow which earned him the accolade of CEAT International Batsman of the Year. Sangakkara’s Sri Lankan teammate Rangana Herath was declared International Bowler of the Year.

Rohit Sharma’s world record ODI score of 264 against Sri Lanka was duly recognised in the form of a Special Award while Deepak Hooda walked away with the Young Player of the Year. Legendary all-rounder and 1983 World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev was honoured with the CEAT International Lifetime Achievement Award.

2013 - 2014

Award
1. International Cricketer of the Year Virat Kohli
2 International Test Player of the Year Mitchell Johnson
3 International ODI Player of the Year Shikhar Dhawan
4 International T20 Player of the year Shakib Al Hasan
5 International Special Award for "Indian Player of the year" Ravichandran Ashwin
6. International Popular Choice Award Glenn Maxwell
7. Domestic Cricketer of the Year Robin Uthappa
8 International Young Player of the Year Vijay Zol

Virat Kohli adds his name to the list of cricketers to have won the CEAT International Cricketer of the Year award on more than one occasion, also emerging as the youngest player to have accomplished the feat. The dynamic Indian batsman has been one of international cricket’s prolific run scorers in recent years and 2013-14 proved to be no different. In ODIs alone, he scored 1000 plus runs for the third consecutive year, 1580 runs from 36 matches at an average of 60.76 to be more precise, which comprised 6 tons, including the fastest century by an Indian batsmen.

India made a strong impact at the awards with Kohli’s teammate Shikhar Dhawan bagging the CEAT International ODI Player of the Year crown thanks to some stellar performances in the 50 over format. Mitchell Johnson, who enjoyed tremendous success against the English batsmen in Australia's Ashes whitewash over the old rivals, was named CEAT International Test Player of the Year. Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan walked away with the International T20 Player of the Year award. Flamboyant Australian batsman Glenn Maxwell emerged the winner of the CEAT Popular Choice award.

In keeping with its tradition of acknowledging future talent as well as saluting stars of yesteryear, 19-year-old Maharashtra batsman Vijay Zol was crowned CEAT Young Player of the Year while India’s legendary wicketkeeper Syed Kirmani was honoured for his immense contribution to the game with the CEAT International Lifetime Achievement Award.

2011 - 2012

Award
1. International Cricketer of the Year Virat Kohli
2 International Batsman of the Year Pakistan
3 International Youngster of the Year Unmukt Chand
4 Lifetime Achievement Award Zaheer Abbas
5 Audience Choice Award Saeed Anwar & Virender Sehwag
India-Pakistan Special Awards
6. Best Batsman (Test) Sunil Gavaskar
7. Best Bowler (Test) Kapil Dev
8 Best Batsman (ODI) Inzamam-ul-Haq
9. Best Bowler (ODI) Wasim Akram

India’s rising star Virat Kohli was crowned the CEAT International Cricketer of the Year after beating off stiff competition from the likes of South Africa’s Hashim Amla, Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka, Australian captain Michael Clarke and Pakistani spinner Saeed Ajmal. Kohli finished as India’s top run scorer in both Tests and ODIs during the course of the CEAT Year scoring a career best ODI knock of 183 against Pakistan in the Asia Cup. The Team of the Year award returned and Pakistan were the proud beneficiaries.

CEAT also held a special India-Pakistan award segment as a way of commemorating the occasion of the Pakistan team returning to India after several years. This saw Inzamam-ul-Haq picking up the award for Best ODI Batsman with his former teammate Wasim Akram winning the Best ODI bowler prize. The original ‘Little Master’ Sunil Gavaskar was named Best Test Batsman while legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev won the Best Test Bowler accolade.

2010 - 2011

Award
1. International Cricketer of the Year Jonathan Trott
2 International Batsman of the Year Jonathan Trott
3 International Bowler of the Year James Anderson
4 International Youngster of the Year Virat Kohli
5 International T20 Player of the Year Suresh Raina
6. Lifetime Achievement Award Courtney Walsh
7. Match-winning Innings of the Year Gautam Gambhir
8 Special Award for completing 10 years in international cricket Virender Sehwag
9. Special Award for contribution to Indian cricket VVS Laxman

The season was a richly rewarding one for England’s Jonathan Trott whose efforts with the bat through the year saw him named both the CEAT International Cricketer of the Year as well as the Batsman of the Year. Trott’s sparkling form, especially on the tour of Australia was crucial in helping England win their first Ashes series Down Under in 24 years. Unsurprisingly, Trott’s teammate James Anderson walked away with the International Bowler of the Year award. India’s Suresh Raina won the accolade of International T20 player of the Year. India’s Gautam Gambhir scooped the Match-winning Innings of the Year award for his brilliant 97 in the World Cup final against Sri Lanka which paved the way for India’s second world crown.

2009 - 2010

Award
1. International Cricketer of the Year Shane Watson
2 International Team of the Year Australia
Retro Awards:
3 1975 World Cup Glenn Turner
4 1979 World Cup Gordon Greenidge
5 1983 World Cup Kapil Dev
6. 1987 World Cup Geoff Marsh
7. 1992 World Cup Wasim Akram
8 1996 World Cup Aravinda De Silva
9. 1999 World Cup Rahul Dravid
10. 2003 World Cup Sourav Ganguly
11. 2007 World Cup Matthew Hayden

It was the year when Australia’s Shane Watson seemed to hold the ‘Midas touch’ be it with bat, ball or in the field. The all-rounder scored 2500-odd runs while taking 63 wickets and 33 catches to top the Player Rating. Watson’s stellar year coincided with an equally successful year for his team as Australia laid their hands on the Team of the Year award for a remarkable eighth time in nine seasons.

Bearing in mind the 2011 World Cup which was round the corner, this edition wore a special theme as CEAT Cricket Rating presented retro awards for the first time, honoring players who produced eye catching displays in every World Cup since 1975. India dominated the list with three winners in Kapil Dev (1983), Rahul Dravid (1999) and Sourav Ganguly (2003) followed by Australia who had Geoff Marsh (1987) and Matthew Hayden (2007) starring among the nine winners.

2008 - 2009

Award
1. International Cricketer of the Year Gautam Gambhir
2 International Team of the Year Australia
3 International Test Batsman of the Year Gautam Gambhir
4 International Test Bowler of the Year Mitchell Johnson
5 International ODI Batsman of the Year Virender Sehwag
6. International ODI Bowler of the Year Ajantha Mendis
7. International Spirit of Cricket Award Thilan Samaraweera
8 300 Wickets Felicitation Award Harbhajan Singh
9. Lifetime Achievement Award EAS Prasanna

Indian opener Gautam Gambhir went through such imperious form with the bat that he was crowned both the CEAT International Cricketer of the Year and Test Batsman of the Year. His runs helped India clinch their first Test series win in New Zealand after more than three decades. Gambhir’s India and Delhi opening partner Virender Sehwag won the ODI Batsman of the Year award. Australia also featured prominently as they were yet again declared Team of the Year while Aussie left-arm paceman Mitchell Johnson scooped the Test Bowler of the Year award. Sri Lanka’s Ajantha Mendis bagged top bowling honours in the ODI format.

2007 - 2008

Award
1. International Cricketer of the Year Mahela Jayawardene
2 International Team of the Year India

Having been named ‘International Batsman of the Year’ the previous season, the Sri Lankan captain went one better over the course of the 2007-08 season, succeeding his compatriot Muttiah Muralitharan as the CEAT International Cricketer of the Year. Jayawardene posted over 2000 runs across all three formats and crossed the three-figure mark in seven innings, which included two back to back mammoth knocks in Sri Lanka’s home Test series win over England.

In the Team Rating, India end Australia’s six-year reign as ‘International Team of the Year after a largely successful season despite a change in leadership. While Rahul Dravid leads India to their first Test series win in England since 1986, a young Indian side brilliantly marshalled by MS Dhoni create history by winning the inaugural World Twenty20 Championship in South Africa.

2006 - 2007

Award
1. International Cricketer of the Year Muttiah Muralitharan
2. International Team of the Year Australia
3. International Batsman of the Year Mahela Jayawardene
4. International Bowler of the Year Muttiah Muralitharan
5. Lifetime Achievement Award (Diamond Jubilee of Test (Ind-Aus) Anil Kumble (Ind) & Ricky Ponting (Aus)

Muttiah Muralitharan makes history yet again as he is named the CEAT International Cricketer of the Year award for an unprecedented third time. The iconic spinner was also the proud claimant of the International Bowler of the Year award. Teammate Mahela Jayawardene capped off a splendid year for Sri Lankan cricket by winning the International Batsman of the Year award. In a year which witnessed their third consecutive World Cup triumph, the all conquering Aussies win the Team of the Year award for the eight time and a sixth successive season.

CEAT also marked the diamond jubilee of Test cricket between India and Australia which began in 1947-48 by presenting a CCR Lifetime Achievement award to a player from each country, which went to the captains of the two teams at the time, Anil Kumble and Ricky Ponting.

In another significant development, CEAT also introduced the CEAT Under-19 and T20 ratings with a vision to catch and promote young talent from across the country, especially in small towns.

2005 - 2006

Award
1. International Cricketer of the Year Ricky Ponting(
2. International Team of the Year Australia
3. International Batsman of the Year Mike Hussey
4. Domestic Cricketer of the Year Ramesh Powar
5. Domestic Batsman of the Year S Badrinath
4. Domestic Bowler of the Year Praveen Kumar
5. Most Promising Youngster Praveen Kumar

Ricky Ponting became the fourth member of a distinguished group of players to have won the CEAT International Cricketer of the Year award twice, the other three being Muttiah Muralitharan, Brian Lara and Jacques Kallis. Ponting hit 12 tons in a scintillating year, and just like when he won his first Cricketer of the Year award in 2002-03, the Australian skipper inspired his team to glory too, as Australia racked up 161 points to be named Team of the Year for the seventh time. In a further indication of Aussie dominance, Mike Hussey won the CEAT International Debutant of the Year award.

For the first time since the awards were launched a decade ago, CEAT expanded the ratings to recognize the outstanding performers in the domestic circuit, particularly within the Ranji Trophy Elite division. Mumbai all-rounder Ramesh Powar won the inaugural CEAT Domestic Cricketer of the Year award.

2004 - 2005

Award
1. International Cricketer of the Year Jacques Kallis(
2. International Team of the Year Australia

South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis followed in the footsteps of Muttiah Muralitharan and Brian Lara to top the CEAT Player Rating for the second time. Kallis piled on 2000 plus runs which included seven centuries during the CEAT year while also earning a good number of points for using his medium pace swing bowling to good effect. Australia’s dominance of the CEAT Team Rating continued for a fourth straight season even though they would fall a couple of points short of their previous year’s haul to finish on 132 points.

2003 - 2004

Award
1. International Cricketer of the Year Brian Lara(
2. International Team of the Year Australia

The decline of the West Indies seemed to have no effect on Brian Lara who clinched his second CEAT International Cricketer of the Year award with a tally of 149 points. The dazzling Trinidadian hit seven centuries during the CEAT Year, the most memorable of which included a world record breaking Test score of 400 not out against England. In the team category, Australia were at the peak of their powers and retained their hold on the Team of the Year crown as a total of 33 wins (24 ODIs, 9 Tests) gave them an aggregate of 134 points.

2002 - 2003

Award
1. International Cricketer of the Year Ricky Ponting(
2. International Team of the Year Australia
1. International Batsman of the Year Ricky Ponting(
2. International Bowler of the Year Harbhajan Singh
1. International Fielder of the Year Virender Sehwag(
2. Cricketer of the 2003 World Cup Sachin Tendulkar
1. Lifetime Achievement Award Vijay Hazare(
2. Cricketer of the 2003 World Cup Max Best Winning Performance of the Year

Australian batsman Ricky Ponting enjoyed a terrific year from a personal as well as team point of view. His individual performances earned him his first CEAT International Cricketer of the Year award after amassing a tally of 105 points. Ponting led from the front when it mattered most, scoring a sublime ton in the World Cup final against India which Australia comfortably won. That triumph would prove crucial in helping the Aussies seal their fourth CCR International Team of the Year prize. Ponting also bagged the Batsman of the Year award while India’s Harbhajan Singh, who took 39 Test wickets and 56 ODI wickets, was named the CEAT International Bowler of the Year. Sachin Tendulkar, who scored 673 runs in the World Cup in South Africa, was named the Cricketer of the 2003 World Cup.

2001 - 2002

Award
1. International Cricketer of the Year Muttiah Muralitharan(
2. International Team of the Year Australia
1. International Batsman of the Year Sachin Tendulkar(
2. International Bowler of the Year Muttiah Muralitharan
1. International Fielder of the Year Ricky Ponting (
2. Match-winning performance of the Year Virender Sehwag
1. Lifetime Achievement Award Bishen Singh Bedi(
2. International Cricketer of the Century Kapil Dev

Muralitharan (149 pts) topped the Player Rating for the second year in a row, becoming the first cricketer to win the CEAT International Cricketer of the Year award twice. Behind him was Jacques Kallis with 108 points. The Aussie duo of Shane Warne and Adam Gilchrist came third and fourth with 94 and 93 points respectively. In fifth spot with 88 points was Sachin Tendulkar, who till this juncture enjoyed the unique distinction of figuring in the 'top five' in every CEAT Cricket Year with the exception of 1995-96. Australia topped the Team Rating for the third time with 112 points.

2000 - 2001

Award
1. International Cricketer of the Year Muttiah Muralitharan(
2. International Team of the Year South Africa
3. International Batsman of the Year Marvan Atapattu(
4. International Bowler of the Year Muttiah Muralitharan
5. International Fielder of the Year Mark Waugh(
6. Match-winning performance of the Year VVS Laxman
7. Lifetime Achievement Award Sunil Gavaskar(
8. International Umpire of the Year Srinivas Venkataraghavan
9. Best Coach Balwinder Sandhu(
10. Viewer's Choice Award Sachin Tendulkar

A year of Sri Lankan dominance saw three Sri Lankan cricketers - Muttiah Muralitharan, Marvan Atapattu and Sanath Jayasuriya claim the top three spots in the Player Rating. Murali walked away with the crown with 111 points, of which a staggering 110 points were for bowling alone. Atapattu and Jayasuriya came second and third with 95 and 93 points respectively, although the former’s disappointment was compensated for by being named International Batsman of the Year. South Africa topped the Team Rating for the second time with a tally of 98 points followed by the Aussies. This was the fourth year in succession that South Africa and Australia grabbed the top two spots in the CCR International Team of the Year.

1999 - 2000

Award
1. International Cricketer of the Year Sourav Ganguly(
2. International Team of the Year Australia

The top five featured two specialist batsmen, two specialist all-rounders and a wicketkeeper. Sourav Ganguly reigned supreme with a tally of 98 points thus becoming the second Indian after Venkatesh Prasad to be named CEAT International Cricketer of the Year. The 'Prince of Kolkata' was in sparkling touch with the bat, especially in the shorter format where he plundered 1902 runs at an average of 47.55 including six centuries. Sachin Tendulkar and New Zealand’s Chris Cairns shared the runner-up spot with 95 points. Adam Gilchrist and Jacques Kallis came fourth and fifth respectively. In the Team Rating, Australia, who won 10 consecutive Test matches and lifted their second World Cup trophy during the CEAT year, were in a league of their own. They bagged a record haul of 154 points with a whopping 53 points separating them from their nearest competitor South Africa.

1998 - 1999

Award
1. International Cricketer of the Year Jacques Kallis (
2. International Team of the Year South Africa

It was a year dominated by the South African cricket team who clinched top honours in both the Team and Player Rating. The Proteas earned 97 points to bag the CCR International Team of the Year award while star all-rounder Jacques Kallis topped the Player Rating with 113 points. Kallis was on song with both bat and ball, scoring 1737 runs at an average of 46.94 while taking 58 wickets at a measly 24.91 apiece. Glenn McGrath (98 pts), Shaun Pollock and Anil Kumble (both 87 pts) came second, third and fourth respectively. Like 1996-97, Sachin Tendulkar 81 (pts) was again the only specialist batsman to figure in the top five.

1997 - 1998

Award
1. International Cricketer of the Year Sanath Jayasuriya (
2. International Team of the Year Australia

The batsmen and bowlers shared the limelight in 1997-98. Sri Lanka’s dashing opener Sanath Jayasuriya (122 pts) edged Indian maestro Tendulkar (114 pts) for the CEAT International Cricketer of the Year award. The two were followed by Muttiah Muralitharan (107), Mohammad Azharuddin (99 pts) and Shane Warne (91 pts). Australia topped the Team Rating with 94 points with South Africa and Pakistan finishing second and third respectively.

1996 - 1997

Award
1. International Cricketer of the Year Venkatesh Prasad(
2. International Team of the Year Pakistan

The bowlers came to the fore the following year, when it seemed as if cricketers from India and Pakistan drew inspiration from the golden jubilee celebrations of their independence. Venkatesh Prasad topped the Ratings for 1996-97 with 92 points, followed closely by Wasim Akram (87 pts), Anil Kumble (85 pts) and Saqlain Mushtaq (81 pts). Sachin Tendulkar (79 pts) was the lone specialist batsman in the top five. The second edition witnessed the introduction of the CCR International Team of the Year award which went to Pakistan who topped the Team Rating with 92 points.

1995 - 1996

Award
1. International Cricketer of the Year Brian Lara (

On a historic evening in cricket crazy Mumbai, West Indian legend Brian Lara became the first player to win the CEAT International Cricketer of the Year award for his outstanding performances in the 1995-96 season. Lara’s haul of 74 points saw him finish a clear 13 points ahead of Australian rival, Mark Waugh, the other elegant batsman of that generation. Waugh’s Aussie teammate, wicketkeeper Ian Healy, finished third with 56 points.