Virat Kohli recommended for Arjuna award by BCCI

Virat Kohli is BCCI’s only recommendation for the Arjuna award © Getty Images

Bangalore: Apr 30, 2013

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has recommended the name of Indian batsman Virat Kohli for the prestigeous Arjuna award.

The middle-order batsman, who has done well at the international arena so far, is the only nominee from the Board for this category.

According to a report on the Times of India, Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar was BCCI’s recommendation for the Dhyanchand award which is given for lifetime achievement

Kohli, who won the ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year award in September 2012 is the only choice given by the BCCI. Kohli scored his maiden Test century in Adelaide in January 2012 and followed it up with good showing in the home series agains New Zealand and was even appointed as vice-captain of the Indian team for the Asia Cup. All these developments have led to his nomination.

Gavaskar, the only Indian cricketer recently named by former England umpire Dickie Bird in his select World Test XI, retired from the game in 1987 after a glorious 16-year-long career during which he became the first in the world to score 10,000 Test runs.

In all, he played in 125 Tests and was a member of the victorious Indian World Cup winning team led by Kapil Dev in 1983 and then led the country to another major one-day title, the World Championship of Cricket in Australia two years later.

Gavaskar, who will turn 64 on July 10, is currently a television commentator and a columnist.

Confirming this, BCCI sources said that today was the last date for recommending the awards to the sports ministry.

“We have recommended only these two names,” the sources informed making it clear that no cricketer’s name has been recommended for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award this year.

(With inputs from PTI)