The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has recommended four names for the Arjuna Award. Among those there are three male cricketers and one female cricketer. The Arjuna Award is given by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports to players who have achieved excellency at various levels.
The recommended names are Poonam Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah. In 2018, Women’s T20I vice-captain Smriti Mandhana won the Arjuna Award. Saleem Durani was the first one to receive this award in 1961 and so far 53 cricketers have won this award.
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Short info on the nominees
Leg-break bowler Poonam debuted in 2013 against Bangladesh. She has played 1 Test, 41 ODIs and 54 T20Is so far and has taken 140 international wickets. The 27-year-old was a vital member of the team that played the final of Women’s World Cup in 2017.
30-year-old Jadeja has stepped into international cricket in 2009. So far he has played 41 Tests, 151 Odis and 40 T20Is and has picked over 400 wickets. He has made handy contributions with the bat too. He won the Champions Trophy in 2013 and is part of the 2019 World Cup squad.
Right-arm pacer Mohammad Shami has had fair share of troubles on and off the field. He has played 40 Tests, 63 ODIs and 7 T20Is and has taken 235 wickets. He was part of the 2015 World Cup squad and will also play the 2019 edition.
Bumrah has been India’s most consistent bowler in recent times. The product of IPL has had success in all the formats. He has so far played 10 Tests, 49 ODIs and 42 T20Is has scalped 185 wickets. The present No. 1 ODI bowler will be India’s key member in the upcoming World Cup.