Ajinkya Rahane and 48 other cricketers who received Arjuna Award
The change of guards, from MS Dhoni to Virat Kohli has benefitted Indian cricket as it has initiated the upward curve process © Getty Images

Arjuna Award is among the most prestigious honour given by Indian Government to nation’s sports persons in order to recognise their achievements in their respective sport. It started in the year 1961 and this award is a bronze statue of Arjuna with a scroll and a cash prize of INR 5 lakh. ALSO READ: Ajinkya Rahane, Dombivali and his experience in Mumbai locals

India’s vice-captain in Tests — Ajinkya Rahane is set to be the latest cricketer to be awarded the same. He will be the 49th cricketer overall to receive this. In 2015, Rohit Sharma was conferred with the prestigious award.

As reported by ANI, apart from Rahane, 14 other sports persons will be also awarded the bronze statue. Long-distance runner Lalita Babar, boxer Shiva Thapa, shooter Apurvi Chandela, etc. are all set to receive the same. From all those 49 recipients of this award, there were eight women cricketers too. ALSO READ: Virat Kohli set to lose race against Sakshi Malik, PV Sindu for Khel Ratna award

Since the beginning of 2015, Rahane played 13 Tests in which he scored 836 runs at 55.73 and if we look at his number of this year then it becomes more impressive as he averages 121.50 in 2016. In One-Dayers too he has done pretty well since 2015. He played 25 ODIs and collected 863 runs at 41.09.

It seems like the year 2016 is lucky for him as he has been performing very well and recently he was appointed as vice-captain of Indian Test team.

With Rahane being another cricketer to receive this award, let us have a look at the previous recipient of this award from Indian cricket team.

Year

Cricketers

1961

Saleem Durani

1964

MAK Pataudi

1965

Vijay Manjrekar

1966

Chandu Borde

1967

Ajit Wadekar

1968

EAS Prasanna

1969

Bishan Singh Bedi

1970

Dilip Sardesai

1971

S Venkataraghavan

1972

Eknath Solkar

1972

BS Chandrashekhar

1975

Sunil Gavaskar

1976

Shanta Rangaswamy

1977-78

Gundappa Vishwanath

1979-80

Kapil Dev Nikhanj

1980-81

Chetan Chauhan

1980-81

Syed Kirmani

1981

Dilip Vengsarkar

1982

Mohinder Amarnath

1983

Diana Edulji

1984

Ravi Shastri

1985

Shubhangi Kulkarni

1986

Mohammad Azharuddin

1986

Sandhya Agarwal

1989

Madan Lal

1993

Manoj Prabhakar

1993

Kiran More

1994

Sachin Tendulkar

1995

Anil Kumble

1996

Javagal Srinath

1997

Ajay Jadeja

1997

Sourav Ganguly

1998

Rahul Dravid

1998

Nayan Mongia

2000

Venkatesh Prasad

2001

VVS Laxman

2002

Virender Sehwag

2003

Harbhajan Singh

2003

Mithali Raj

2005

Anju Jain

2006

Anjum Chopra

2009

Gautam Gambhir

2010

Jhulan Goswami

2011

Zaheer Khan

2012

Yuvraj Singh

2013

Virat Kohli

2014

R Ashwin

2015

Rohit Sharma