India, Ravindra Jadeja, Arjuna award, BCCI
Jadeja almost helped India reach the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 after he smashed a valiant 59-ball 77 against New Zealand in the semi-finals. @ AFP

India allrounder Ravindra Jadeja on Saturday was nominated for the Arjuna award by the award selection committee. Jadeja almost helped India reach the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 after he smashed a valiant 59-ball 77 against New Zealand in the semi-finals.

The BCCI had recommended fast bowlers Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Jadeja and women’s team legspinner Poonam Yadav for the Arjuna Award.

In 2018, women’s star opener Smriti Mandhana was the only cricketer to receive the prestigious award that’s given to honour excellence in sports by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in India.

Jadeja, one of the best fielders in the Indian team, is among the top 10 in both the bowler and the allrounder’s rankings in Test cricket.

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The Saurashtra player, who made his debut in February 2009, has played 156 ODIs wherein he has accumulated 2128 runs and pocketed 178 wickets at an economy rate of 4.86. In the 42 Twenty20 Internationals he has played, Jadeja has notched up 135 runs at an average of 11.25 and has 32 wickets in his kitty. He has played 41 Tests in which he has scored 1485 runs at an average of 32.28.

Meanwhile, para-athlete Deepa Malik was chosen for India’s highest sporting honour, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. Wrestler Bajrang Punia was also recommended for the Khel Ratna.

Punia alongwith Vinesh Phogat were recommended by the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) for the prestigious award.

Malik won silver in shot put in the F53 classification and also bagged two bronze medals (javelin F53-54 and shot put F51-52-53) at the Asian Games.