NEWS FOR BCCI:-
India’s destructive opener and vice-captain Rohit Sharma has been nominated for the prestigious ‘Khel Ratna’, award.BCCI announced and shortlisted the players for the prestigious award on Saturday.
Rohit Sharma’s stupendous performance throughout the 2019 ODI World Cup has been acknowledged by the BCCI and nominated his name for the Khel Ratna award.
Rohit’s opening partner Shikhar Dhawan has been once again nominated for the Arjuna award for his sizzling performance along with the team’s senior-fast bowler Ishant Sharma.
Indian star opener Dhawan has missed out on the Arjuna award in 2018.
In the women’s category, BCCI nominated Deepti Sharma for the Arjuna award due to his all-round performance and her consistency in both ODIs and T20Is in the past three years.
BCCI chief and the former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly said.“We went through a lot of data and analyzed a lot of things and different parameters before shortlisting the nominees for the prestigious award. Rohit Sharma has set new benchmarks for other batsmen around the world and achieved scores people thought were not possible in the shorter formats of the game. We feel he is worthy of getting the prestigious Khel Ratna award for his commitment, conduct, consistency and his leadership skills,”
“Ishant Sharma is the most senior and consistent member of the Test squad and he has shown his contribution with the ball has been a vital part in the Indian team’s long run as the No. 1 Test side. Fast bowlers are prone to injuries and Ishant has had a fair share of them but he has fought hard to be back on the park every time. Shikhar has been consistently scoring at the top in every format of the game and his performances in the ICC events have been significant and phenomenal. Deepti is a genuine all-rounder and her contribution to the team has been vital,” Ganguly further added.
BCCI secretary Jay Shah said “There is a no bigger honor than representing your country and being nominated for national awards is a recognition of your hard work. In the last five years, Rohit Sharma has not only raised the bar with his individual performances but has also led the Indian team with perfection in absence of Virat Kohli. India had won the Asia Cup in UAE, the Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka, and registered many bilateral series wins at home and these all trophies came under the leadership of Rohit Sharma. Rohit has been consistent in all forms of the game and he is also a perfect team-man and a mentor to youngsters. He deserves the highest sporting honor in the country,”
Arun Singh Dhumal, treasurer of the BCCI, said: “Receiving a national award is a huge honor for anyone. It is a combination of your on-field performances and your character off the field. Indian cricketers have shown the competitive spirit on the ground and have come forward to help the country in this battle against the coronavirus. They have taken part in different awareness campaigns and donated money and food grains to relief funds and charities to battle with this global pandemic and also connected with their fans through social media.”
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