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Bumrah top contender for BCCI's Arjuna award nomination

NEW DELHI: India's tempo spearhead Jasprit Bumrah is predicted to be the BCCI nomination for the celebrated Arjuna Award this 12 months after missing out on seniority to Ravindra Jadeja in 2019.

The BCCI office-bearers are expected to zero in on nominations for the lads's and ladies's classes later this month however the Gujarat pacer's stupendous efficiency in the remaining 4 years makes him essentially the most worthy candidate.

If BCCI makes a decision to ship a couple of names in the males's class, senior opener Shikhar Dhawan is also most well-liked as he ignored out in 2018 despite the Board sending his nomination.

"Last year, we had sent three names in the men's section -- Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami," a BCCI supply instructed PTI.

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Bumrah misplaced out as he had finished best two years in world cricket while the standards of variety requires efficiency of no less than three years on the best stage.

"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," the supply added.

The 26-year-old has 68 wickets from 14 Tests, 104 wickets from 64 ODIs and 59 wickets from 50 T20Is, making for a beautiful 4 years in India colors.

"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," the supply stated.

It is very unlikely that BCCI will ship Mohammed Shami's name this time round as the police case filed against him via his estranged spouse alleging domestic violence and adultery means that he won't be eligible.

In the case of Dhawan, his seniority is an element as all his contemporaries (Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara and Jadeja) have got the award.

Dhawan used to be, alternatively, out of action for a considerable period remaining 12 months after sustaining a couple of accidents.

But a former BCCI office-bearer stated that Dhawan's seniority cannot be ignored.

"In 2018, we had sent Dhawan's name for nomination but only Smriti (Mandhana) got the award. So BCCI can send both Bumrah and Dhawan's names," he stated.

In the women's segment, all-rounder Deepti Sharma, for her constant display during the last 4 years including India's best ODI rating of 188, is likely one of the names along side pacer Shikha Pandey, who may be a Squadron Leader with the Indian Air Force.

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