Tendulkar, Ojha take top honours at IPL awards
Deccan Chargers' spinner Pragyan Ojha poses with his trophies after being named the IPL Jury's Best Bowler award and Viewers Choice Best Bowler at the IPL Awards Night in Mumbai on Friday.
Mumbai Indians captain Sachin Tendulkar was named best batsman while Ojha bagged the best bowler honour at a glitzy IPL Awards Night in Mumbai on Friday.
Tendulkar, who missed the event, was also named best batsman and best captain in the Viewers' Choice category.
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Image: Pragyan Ojha
Yuvraj shakes a leg with SRK
Kings XI Punjab batsman Yuvraj Singh (left) shakes a leg with Bollywood actor and Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner Shah Rukh Khan.
Yuvraj had a disappointing outing with the bat in the tournament as he scored 225 runs in 14 matches at an average of 21.25 without a single half-century.
Punjab finished at the bottom of the standings in IPL 3, having won just four matches out of 14 in the group stages.
Image: Yuvraj Singh (left) with Shah Rukh Khan
Kallis named most consistent performer
Royal Challengers Bangalore opener Jacques Kallis was awarded the most consistent performer.
Kallis has been Bangalore's top performer in the tournament as he top scored with 553 runs from 15 matches, while also scalping 11 wickets.
Image: Jacques Kallis
Rahman, Katrina delight audience
Oscar and Grammy winner AR Rahman performs on stage during the IPL Awards Night.
Bollywood's top stars Priyanka Chopra and Katrina Kaif also performed at the event.
Two of Indian cricket's biggest stars -- Mumbai Indians captain Sachin Tendulkar and Chennai Super Kings skipper Dhoni -- were conspicuous by their absence at the mega event.
Image: AR Rahman
Harbhajan wins best dramatic performance
Mumbai Indians' spinner Harbhajan Singh performs on stage with actor Shah Rukh Khan.
Harbhajan, who has taken 17 wickets in the tournament, was given the best dramatic performance award.
The winners were judged by a jury comprising Lalit Modi (Chairperson), Sunil Gavaskar, Brian Lara, Javagal Srinath, Simon Taufel, and Harsha Bogle.
Image: Harbhajan Singh (right) with Shah Rukh Khan
Pollard shines in debut season
Mumbai Indians' all-rounder Kieron Pollard was awarded the best debut performance in IPL 3.
After a slow start, Pollard made his presence felt with a couple of attacking innings along with a few wickets.
The West Indies youngster has so far made 246 runs in 13 matches at a strike rate of 179, while also taking 14 wickets to lead Mumbai's charge into the IPL final.
Image: Kieron Pollard
BCCI top brass boycott IPL awards
Aliya Modi, daughter of Lalit Modi, attends the IPL Awards Night.
The Awards Night was boycotted by the top brass of the Board of Control for Cricket in India. BCCI president Shashank Manohar, secretary N Srinivasan, and IPL vice-chairman Niranjan Shah stayed away from the event.
The entire IPL Governing Council, barring Sunil Gavaskar and IS Bindra, also shunned the event though most of the players were present.
Image: Aliya Modi
Yusuf gets fastest hundred award
Rajasthan Royals' batsman Yusuf Pathan dances along with Shah Rukh.
Pathan was given the Statistical award for the fastest hundred. The Rajasthan all-rounder had blazed a 37-ball hundred against Mumbai Indians at the Brabourne stadium, but his despite his brilliant innings, the 2008 champions were beaten by four runs.
Image: Yusuf Pathan (left) with Shah Rukh Khan