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Cheteshwar Pujara, Harmanpreet Kaur nominated by BCCI for Arjuna Award

New Delhi: The BCCI has nominated prolific run scorer 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.

Cheteshwar Pujara emerged India's most prolific run-getter in the last Test season, amassing 1,371 runs at 51. AFP

Cheteshwar Pujara amassed 1,316 runs at 51 in 2016-17, the highest by an Indian in a single season. AFP

"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 on Monday.

Pujara has been the cornerstone of India's batting this season having scored 1,316 runs, highest ever aggregate of runs by an Indian batsman in a single Test season.

The 30-year-old Pujara has scored 3,798 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 batter 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.


Published Date: May 02, 2017 00:36 AM | Updated Date: May 02, 2017 00:36 AM

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