The 66-year-old former India cricketer and member of the 1983 World Cup-winning squad was presented the award by BCCI president president Shashank Manohar at the Cricket Board's annual awards (2014-15 season) ceremony.
The coveted Polly Umrigar award was also handed over to Kohli by Manohar. Kirmani, who was also given the award of citation, trophy and Rs 25 lakh, took a mild dig at modern wicketkeepers when asked about the difference from his time to the present day.
"These days it's not about wicket keeping techniques but just about producing results. Dhoni has been able to do it," he said before praising the limited overs skipper, who was in the audience and grinning, "Good job, Dhoni."
"The only thing in my mind when playing was to do well and keep the tri colour flying. I thank the BCCI for honouring me with the CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award,” he added.


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