Vikram Solanki

NEW batting star Vikram Solanki, who excelled in England's triumphant campaign in the NatWest tri-series, has won the Asian Sports Achievers Award for 2003.

Solanki, of Indian origin, who hit a brilliant century against South Africa in the league phase, has transformed the scene of English cricket since he made his debut for Worcestershire Cricket Club in 1993 and is now one of England's rising stars.

Solanki, who was recently described by England one-day skipper Michael Vaughan as a "perfect role model for young and aspiring cricketers" received the award at a function organised by the Asian Voice and Gujarat Samachar.