Kirmani: I am deeply honoured

The 65-year-old, who was an integral part of India’s World Cup winning team in 1983 and one who was also named the best gloveman in the same tournament, has been recognised by many an award.

Syed Kirmani was an integral part of India’s World Cup winning team in 1983.   -  Bijoy Ghosh

Elated following his nomination for the Col. CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award, legendary wicket-keeper batsman Syed Kirmani, termed the honour as something “very special and one which he will cherish throughout his life.”

“It is huge honour,” Mr. Kirmani told The Sportstar. “I am deeply honoured by the gesture from the BCCI. At the same time I am looking forward to serve the BCCI and the game of cricket in the time to come. From the experience gathered after having played for the country for 15 years.”

The 65-year-old, who was an integral part of India’s World Cup winning team in 1983 and one who was also named the best gloveman in the same tournament, has been recognised by many an award.

When asked how much this recognition meant, he said, “I suppose my only wish when I played for India was to give my best. I was never after any award or any record. I am actually honoured to have saved my country from defeat many times. For which I was named the crisis man by you all [laugh].”

“Getting this award is indeed a great feeling. Be it the national awards, the Padma Shri, Arjuna award, Ekalavya award and even the CEAT awards last year. It’s always a nice feeling.

“Now this award, named after India's first-ever captain….very special.”