BCCI to likely nominate Jasprit Bumrah for the Arjuna Award

The pace spearhead of the Indian cricket team, Jasprit Bumrah, is expected to be nominated by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the celebrated Arjuna Award this year after having been missed out to Ravindra Jadeja in the year 2019. 

The office bearers of the Board of Control for Cricket in India have been expected to zero in on the nominations for the men’s as well as women’s categories this month. However, the astounding performance of the pacer during the last four years makes him the most deserving candidate. If the Board decides to send more than one name in the men’s category then the senior opener of the Indian cricket team, Shikhar Dhawan, can also be preferred. Despite having the BCCI send his nominations, senior opener Shikhar Dhawan had been missed out in the year 2018.

Last year, that is, in the year 2019, the BCCI had proposed three names in the men’s category namely Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami. But Jasprit Bumrah could not make it last year. The criteria for selection requires a performance of minimum three years at the highest level but Jasprit Bumrah had only performed for two years in international cricket. 

“Last year, we had sent three names in the men’s section – Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami. That’s why Bumrah, who completed three years of international cricket last year, missed out to Jadeja, who is senior as well as a. consistent performer for many years.”, said a BCCI source.

The 26 year old pacer has made phenomenal progress in the past four years. Jasprit Bumrah has achieved 68 wickets from 14 Test matches which also includes a hattrick. In addition to this, he has shown a splendid performance with 104 wickets from 64 One Day Internationals (ODI) and 59 wickets from 50 T-20 Internationals. Bumrah is considered to be having the best credentials. 

“He certainly has the best credentials. He was ICC’s No 1 ranked ODI bowler. He is the only Asian bowler to pick up five-wicket hauls in South Africa, England, Australia and West Indies.”, said the BCCI source.    

BCCI is unlikely to propose Shami’s name this time owing to the domestic violence charges on him. As far as Dhawan is concerned, his seniority factor can not be ignored although he has been out of action for a considerable period. 

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