Sportstar Aces Awards: Kohli, Bumrah joint winners

Virat Kohli hit five centuries and four fifties in 12 Tests and amassed 1,202 ODI runs at an average of 133.5 in 2018, while Bumrah established himself as the team’s go-to bowler across all three formats.

Bumrah made his Test debut in 2018 and since then has become the team’s go-to bowler across all three formats.   -  vijay soneji

The Indian men's team captain Virat Kohli and seamer Jasprit Bumrah are joint winners in the Sportsman of the Year (Cricket) category at the Sportstar Aces Awards.

Australian spin legend and Rajasthan Royals brand ambassador Shane Warne gave away the award to Kohli.

"Virat is a very inspiring cricketer all around the world. He stands up for what he believes in and speaks his heart. He has got a lot of inbuilt skill and talent, which is good competition, and the will to complete the job. I congratulate him for this award and wish him more success,” said Warne.

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Kohli had an enviable 2018, hitting five centuries and four fifties across 12 Tests and amassing 1,202 One-Day International runs at an average of 133.5.

Bumrah, on the other hand, made his Test debut in 2018 and since then has become the team’s go-to bowler across all three formats. His 22 scalps in 13 ODIs at an economy rate of 3.62 is the best in international cricket in 2018 for bowlers with 15-plus wickets.

Bumrah received the award from former BCCI president and ICC's first independent chairman, Shashank Manohar.

Former India cricket captain Sunil Gavaskar, The Hindu Publishing Group chairman N. Ram, former India hockey captain M.M. Somaya, Olympian shooter Anjali Bhagwat and Olympian long-jumper Anju Bobby George selected the deserving winners in categories involving young athletes, teams, coaches and parathletes.

The Sportstar Aces Awards supported by Supreme Committee of Delivery and Legacy, in association with MRF, are an effort to highlight the untold stories of struggle, fierce dedication and selfless work behind an athlete’s ascension, irrespective of the popularity of the sport.

The awards look to create a medium of knowledge and vision exchange as it brings all stakeholders of Indian sports under one roof.