BCCI recommends Cheteshwar Pujara's name for Arjuna award

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BCCI recommends Cheteshwar Pujara's name for Arjuna award

Postby Sify » May 2nd, 2017, 7:57 am


The BCCI has nominated prolific India middle-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara for the prestigious Arjuna award, acknowledging his stupendous show during the last Test season for India.

Along with Pujara, Indian woman's cricket team member Harmanpreet Kaur has also been nominated by the Board for the award.

However there has been no nomination from BCCI for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award.

"We have sent Cheteshwar and Harmanpreet's name for the Arjuna award. The names have been forwarded to the Ministry of Sports. Both have been exceptional performers during last season and were unanimous choice from our end," a senior office bearer told PTI today.

Pujara has been the cornerstone of India's batting this season having scored 1316 runs, highest ever aggregate of runs by an Indian batsman in a single Test season.

The 30-year-old Pujara has scored 3798 runs in 48 Tests at an average of 51 plus. He has so far hit 11 hundreds in Tests along with 14 half-centuries.

In case of Harmanpreet, it was an even easier choice as she has been the best batswoman for India in limited overs format. She played a significant role in India's T20 series victory against Australia Down Under and also played a role in Women's Asia Cup triumph.

She also represented Sydney Thunders in the Woman's Big Bash League (WBBL), where she had some great performances.

Sunil, Deepika, Dharamvir recommended for Arjuna, Sardar for Khel Ratna

In other development, Hockey India (HI) recommended S.V. Sunil, Dharamvir Singh and Deepika for the Arjuna Award, Dr. R.P. Singh and Sumrai Tete for the Dhyan Chand Award and coaches Sandeep Sangwan and Romesh Pathania for the Dronacharya Award.

Veteran midfielder Sardar Singh has also been recommended for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. Dr. R.P. Singh represented the country in the 1986 and 1990 World Cups.

Tete, a former Indian women's team captain and coach, was also a member of the gold medal winning team at the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games.

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