Ishant Sharma recommended for Arjuna award

Ishant Sharma was on Tuesday named in a 29-strong list of athletes recommended for this year’s Arjuna award. The Sports Ministry’s selection committee came up with the list.

The list also includes male recurve archer Atanu Das, women’s hockey team player Deepika Thakur, kabaddi player Deepak Hooda and tennis player Divij Sharan.

Ishant, 31, has played 97 Tests and 80 ODIs for India. He has grabbed over 400 international wickets.

Olympic bronze-winning wrestler Sakshi Malik and former world champion weightlifter Mirabai Chanu too have got the committee’s nod, as say sources. However, sports minister Kiren Rijiju will make the final decision. This is because both the women are former Khel Ratna awardees.

Sakshi won the Khel Ratna in 2016 for her Olympic bronze in the Rio Olympics. Mirabai received the same in 2018 along with India captain Virat Kohli for her world championship gold medal.


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