Jasprit Bumrah first contender for Arjuna Award – Shikhar Dhawan’s name is also considered

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The Indian cricket team’s fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah can be named for the BCCI Arjuna Award.

 

Last year, Bumrah was left behind by Ravindra Jadeja as Jaddu is senior to Bumrah.

Jasprit Bumrah first contender for Arjuna Award - Shikhar Dhawan's name is also considered
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The board is to send the names of male and female players to the sports awards by the end of this month.

 

Bumrah’s name has been at the top in the men’s category as he has done well for the team in every format of cricket.

 

If more names are sent by BCCI to the male category, then Shikhar Dhawan’s name may be among them.

 

He missed it in the year 2018. Speaking to PTI, a board source said

 

That last year, three names were sent to the men’s category, which included Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami.

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Bumrah had completed only two years in international cricket due to which he missed out.

 

Arjuna award is given only if the player has played at least three years at the highest level as per the rules.

 

This time Shami’s name is less likely to be sent because he is facing a case of domestic violence and he will not be eligible for it.

 

At the same time, Dhawan’s name can be sent because he is a senior player.

Jasprit Bumrah first contender for Arjuna Award - Shikhar Dhawan's name is also considered
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Many players of Team India such as –

 

Virat Kohli, R Ashwin, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja have received this award.

 

Although Dhawan stayed away from cricket due to injury, the source says that he is a senior player and it cannot be ignored.

 

In such a situation, the board can send the names of both Jasprit Bumrah and Shikhar Dhawan.

 

The former board official said that,

 

In the year 2018, the names of Dhawan and Smriti Mandhana were sent, but only Smriti received the award.

 

At the same time, the names of Deepti Sharma and Shikha Pandey are expected to be sent to the women’s section.

 

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