Former India captain Kapil Dev, who led the country to first World Cup title in 1983, was conferred with the International Lifetime Achievement Award.

Indian opener and Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma was given a special award for his record-breaking 264 made against Sri Lanka in an ODI at Kolkata.

The awards honour the best of the cricketers based on their performances in international cricketing in all formats — Test, ODI and T20 – as rated by the CEAT Cricket ratings (CCR) for the year 2014 – 2015.

Rohit Sharma, while expressing happiness over MI’s IPL triumph, described lifting the trophy in the cash-rich T20 tournament as “a special moment”.

“We did not have a great start to the tournament and at that period it was important to hold the team together which we did and go forward. We always had a positive approach. Everyone who went in wanted to make an impact,” said Sharma.

On his record-setting knock of 264, Sharma said that he had went in to bat with an open mind as he was coming back into the team after a lengthy injury lay-off.

“When I came back our coach Duncan Fletcher told me that I had made my first 50 in something like 73 balls and had I made it in 50 balls, I could have scored a triple hundred,” said Rohit Sharma on Monday.

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