BCCI recommends Pujara for Arjuna award

Cheteshwar Pujara was the cornerstone of India’s batting this season, having scored 1316 runs — the highest-ever aggregate by an Indian batsman in a Test season.

Cheteshwar Pujara has scored 3798 runs in 48 Tests at an average of over 51   -  PTI

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has nominated prolific run scorer Cheteshwar Pujara for the prestigious Arjuna award, acknowledging his stupendous show during the latest Test season for India.

Along with Pujara, Indian woman’s cricket team member Harmanpreet Kaur has also been nominated by the Board for the award.

However, there has been no nomination from BCCI for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award.

“We have sent Cheteshwar and Harmanpreet’s name for the Arjuna award. The names have been forwarded to the Ministry of Sports. Both have been exceptional performers during last season and were unanimous choice from our end,” a senior office bearer told PTI on Monday.

Pujara was the cornerstone of India’s batting this season having scored 1316 runs — the highest-ever aggregate by an Indian batsman in a Test season.

The 30-year-old Pujara has scored 3798 runs in 48 Tests at an average of over 51. He has so far hit 11 hundreds in Tests along with 14 half-centuries.

Harmanpreet has been the best batswoman for India in limited overs format. She played a significant role in India’s T20 series victory against Australia Down Under and also played a role in the team's Asia Cup triumph.

She also represented Sydney Thunder in the Woman’s Big Bash League (WBBL), where she had some great performances.