Indian captain Virat Kohli, who has been dropped from the only Test match against Afghanistan, is the main attraction in the two days before the match. Kohli has received two awards at the BCCI Annual Awards held here on Tuesday. Kohli was awarded the ‘Polly Umrigar Trophy’ by the Board of the Year for two consecutive seasons (2016-17, 2017-18). Indian coach Ravi Sasthi awarded the award. Anushuman Gaikwad and Sudha Shalak got ‘CK Nayudu Life Time Achievement’ Awards. All the cricketers who have played different segments in the two seasons have received awards. All other exceptions were awarded to him except for the Indian ‘A’ team, along with Krishnal Pandya who went to England. Tikur Tilak Verma (Hyderabad team) and Nitish Kumar Reddy (Andhra team) have been awarded by the iconic cricketer Bishan Singh Bedi for the ‘Jagmohan Dalmiya’ award for the best performances in the Under-16 category.
Color for Test cricket: Pietersen
Former England captain Kevin Pietersen has said that technical expertise, perspiration, and the best of all formats is the challenge of throwing challenges in different situations. Pietersen addressed ‘Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi Smarakopanayam’ as part of the awards ceremony. Pietersen was the first foreign cricketer to play on this stage. He also believes that Day and Night matches are one of the safeguards he has taken to defend Test cricket. ‘Needing cricketers to play tests need financially worthwhile promotions. The newly arrived Day and Night Cricket has been commercially offered such opportunities. IPL does not take major matches in the days that the people are doing in their work. Tests should be the same. There should also be an attraction that is important for entertainment. Microphones and sledging should also be allowed. I play all the formats around the world. But in my view, Test is the best 100%, “Pietersen said in his speech.