Brett Lee, Dwayne Bravo entertain the gathering at CEAT awards

It’s a clich that ‘cricket is a religion in India’. Indians love their cricket and of course Bollywood. Singing and dancing has always been an integral part of the culture, so the cricketers who also excel in those are on top of those popularity charts.

Former Australian fast bowling great Brett Lee is right up there in terms of fame and even at 38, he continues to enthral all with his charms. Lee’s love for music and the entertainment industry is well know and will soon feature as a lead in an Indo-Australian movie Un-Indian. Lee was there in Mumbai as a Brand Ambassador of CEAT Cricket Ratings. At the CEAT Cricket Awards 2014-15 ceremony, held at Oberoi Trident, Lee graced the occasion playing the guitar to rendition of Bryan Adams’ Summer of 69 by Manasi Scott.

Speaking of music, dance and cricket, the Caribbean cricketers are unmatched. Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) Dwayne Bravo, who won the Purple Cap in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL), was awarded CEAT T20 Player of the Year. He celebrated the occasion by performing to his recently launched new single ‘Chalo Chalo’.

The evening which was hosted by former Australian batsman Dean Jones, marked a reunion of several luminaries from the cricket world. Indian cricket legend Kapil Dev won presented with the CEAT International Lifetime Achievement Award and he received it from his long time teammate Sunil Gavaskar, who also happens to be the chief adjudicator of the cricketing awards.

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If winning the IPL and celebrations at the Wankhede Stadium wasn’t enough, the CEAT Cricket Awards was the icing on the cake for few of the Mumbai Indians (MI) players. MI skipper Rohit Sharma was given CEAT Special Award for his mammoth 264, the highest One-Day International (ODI) score in game’s history. Kieron Pollard won the CEAT Popular Choice Award while Vinay Kumar was given the CEAT Domestic Cricketer of the Year award.

The CEAT awards winners list:

International Cricketer of the Year: Kumar Sangakkara

Indian Cricketer of the Year: Ajinkya Rahane

International Batsman of the Year: Hashim Amla

International Bowler of the Year: Rangana Herath

Twenty20 Player of the Year: Dwayne Bravo

Special Award: Rohit Sharma

Popular Choice Award: Kieron Pollard

Domestic Cricket of the Year: R Vinay Kumar

Young Player of the Year: Deepak Hooda

International Lifetime Achievement Award: Kapil Dev