The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday has decided to advance a couple of Indian cricketers’ names for the sporting honours of the country.
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As per the reports available, premier Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and women’s cricket great Mithali Raj’s names have been forwarded for the Rajeev Gandhi Khel Ratna, India’s highest sporting honour.
“No women cricketer has got her name nominated for the Arjuna Award. Team India’s Women’s skipper Mithali Raj has been recommended for Rajeev Gandhi Khel Ratna,” said a senior BCCI official to PTI.
The rest will be in the hands of the Sports Ministry appointed panel, who will collectively decide the final result.
Mithali Raj has recently completed her 22 years in international cricket. The cricketer is also the leading run-getter in One Dayers with over 7,000 runs.
Ravichandran Ashwin needs no introduction. He has been a consistent performer for India in test cricket regardless of the surface, pitch and conditions. Ashwin has scalped in excess of 400 wickets in 79 test matches besides his 42 and 150 wickets in T20Is and ODIs.
Pacer Jasprit Bumrah is also one of the key players for India’s bowling attack. The pacer has been recognised as one of the lethal bowlers across the world and is consistent with his line length.
In his 20 test matches, Bumrah has picked up 83 wickets while in the limited-overs format he has clipped off 108 in 67 ODIs and 59 in 49 T20Is.
Shikhar Dhawan, who will be leading the Indian team touring Sri Lanka for a limited-overs series, is also nominated for the Arjuna Award this year.
The southpaw has been sensational for India up in the order alongside Rohit Sharma. He has scored a little less than 6000 runs in ODIs besides his 1679 and 2315 in T20Is and Test matches.
KL Rahul is another name pushed for the Arjuna Award this year by the BCCI. The right-handed wicketkeeper-batsman has plundered in excess of 2000 runs in the test fixtures while his limited-overs records have been outstanding with 1509 runs and 1557 runs in ODIs and T20Is respectively.