A myriad of the country’s best sportspersons was in attendance in Mumbai for the third Mahindra Scorpio Times of India Awards (TOISA) 2018, where the suave tennis champion Stefan Edberg was present as the mentor. Winning Cricketer of the Year was Jasprit Bumrah, who last year soared to No.1 in the ICC rankings for T20Is and third place in ODIs, and star allrounder Harmanpreet Kaur for her starring role for the Indian team that reached the final of the ICC Women’s World Cup. This was Harmanpreet’s second TOISA award.
TOISA celebrated the best of sports in India that saw players from all disciplines bag awards for their phenomenal performances in the year gone by. Cricket, too, featured in the list. Both men’s and women’s team and individuals were lauded for their show in 2018.
Team India was named Team of the Year (popular), while Women’s team was honored with Inspiration of the Year award. A new award this year, that of Inspiration of the Year, was given to India women reached the final of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 and apart from winning quadrangular and bilateral series’ last year.
Kumble won the coach of the year at TOISA
Former Indian coach Anil Kumble was named as the recipient of Coach of the Year award. India Under-19 winning skipper, Prithvi Shaw was named Emerging Player of the Year (popular choice).
From other sports, Kidambi Srikanth, PV Sindhu, Pankaj Advani, Harmanpreet Singh, Savita Punia, Heena Sidhu and Ankur Mittal are among the winners at the 2018 Mahindra Scorpio Times of India Awards (TOISA).
Srikanth was the Jury’s Choice for Badminton Player of the Year (male). Sindhu was also recognized after winning two Super Series titles, a silver medal at the Badminton World Championships and another at the BWF World Super Series Finals.