Jadeja nominated for Arjuna Award
When we hear the name of Ravindra Jadeja, it reminds us of his famous sword celebration which he often does after reaching a milestone for the Indian cricket team. His fantastic contributions to the team have never been in doubt.
Time and again, he has helped the team steer clear of dangerous situations and has by far been one of the team’s effective all-rounder.
However, in the latest news, the cricketer was nominated for the Arjuna Award by the award selection committee. Yes, you read it right! Ravindra Jadeja was among the famous 19 sportspersons who were nominated for the prestigious Arjuna awards.
Other notable athletes from different fields are Indian woman cricketer Poonam Yadav, track and field stars Tejinder Pal Singh Toor, Mohammed Anas and Swapna Barman, football player Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, hockey player Chinglensana Singh Kangujam and shooter Anjum Moudgil respectively.
It was India’s governing body Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) who had recommended fast bowlers Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and women’s team leg-spinner Poonam Yadav for the Arjuna Award.
When all other top cricketers got out in the semi-final against New Zealand in the World Cup 2019, it was Ravindra Jadeja who single-handedly took the Kiwis’ attack to cleaners as he smashed a valiant 77 off 59 balls with the help of 4 fours and as many number of sixes to restore some faith in the Indian cricket team. He ended up as the top run-scorer for the team.
Besides that, he has also been a terrific fielder for the team and has saved plenty of runs, which is the most by any fielder in the World Cup 2019. He is among the top 10 in both the bowler and the all-rounder’s rankings in Test cricket.
For the unversed, Arjuna Awards are given to honour excellence in sports by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in India. In the year 2018, women’s cricket team star opener Smriti Mandhana was the only cricketer to have received the coveted award.