Syed Kirmani (left) was bestowed with the CEAT Lifetime achievement award Photo Courtesy: Sudatta Mukherjee


June 2, 2014


In the 17th edition of the CEAT awards, India‘s 1983 World Cup wicketkeeper, Syed Kirmani won the CEAT Lifetime Achievement award for his stellar displays behind the wicket in his prime. Kirmani was part of a glorious generation of Indian players who played under the stewardship of legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev.


India’s One-Day International (ODI) glory didn’t stop with the 83′ World Cup win as they went on to clinch the 1985 World Series trophy held in Australia. Kirmani was also a handy lower order batsman who put a price on his wicket. He was quite a the colouful character too, sporting a stylish handlebar moustache and a hairstyles that changed ever so often and was known to be quite the jester in the dressing room.


On picking up the award where his former teammate, Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar was present, Kirmani recollected his experiences on the ground, about his struggle, and his moments with Gavaskar – both on the field and at the crease.