New Delhi: In what would come as a major boost for the Indian cricketers, the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) has recommended names of cricketers Ravichandran Ashwin and Mithali Raj for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award.Also Read - IND vs ENG: Ravichandran Ashwin Joins Team India Ahead of 5th Test Against England
Ashwin has taken 413 wickets in 79 Tests besides 150 and 42 scalps in ODIs and T20s though he doesn’t play for India in the shorter formats, whereas Mithali Raj completed 22 years in international cricket last week and is the leading run-getter in ODIs with more than 7000 runs. Also Read - Ravichandran Ashwin Misses Flight to England After Testing Positive For Covid-19
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The BCCI has also put forth names of Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, and Jasprit Bumrah for the Arjuna Award category.
Dhawan, who will be captaining India in the upcoming limited-overs series in Sri Lanka, is a frontrunner for Arjuna. The 35-year-old southpaw has scored 5977 runs in 142 ODIs besides 2315 and 1673 Test and T20 runs respectively.
“We had a detailed discussion and it was decided to send in the names of Ashwin and women’s Test and ODI skipper Mithali’s name for the Khel Ratna. We are recommending Dhawan again for the Arjuna while we will also suggest the names of Rahul and Bumrah,” a source told ANI.
Sunil Chhetri, Indian football captain, was also nominated for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award.
“All India Football Federation to recommend footballer Sunil Chhetri for Rajeev Gandhi Khel Ratna award. Relevant documents for his nomination are yet to be submitted,” an official told ANI.
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