Union Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Friday gave the Arjuna Award to R. Ashwin. The off-spinner was not able to make it to the National Sports Awards work on August 29 last year as he was in England playing the One-Day International series.
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“Ashwin was not present during the award presentation at the Rashtrapati Bhawan a year ago as he was playing in England for the ODI series”, the minister said.
Wearing the conventional maroon-shaded blazer intended for Arjuna awardees, Ashwin got the recompense at an extraordinary capacity sorted out in the council of the Sports Minister here. The grant incorporates a bronze statuette, a reference and Rs. five lakh.
The Arjuna Awards are given by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, legislature of India to perceive exceptional accomplishment in National games. Organized in 1961, the recompense conveys a money prize of ₹ 500,000, a bronze statuette of Arjuna and a parchment.
Throughout the years the extent of the grant has been extended and countless persons who fit in with the pre-Arjun Award period were additionally included in the rundown. Further, the quantity of orders for which the honor is given was expanded to incorporate indigenous recreations and the physically impeded class.
The Government has as of late reconsidered the plan for the Arjun Award. According to the reconsidered rules, to be qualified for the Award, a sportsperson ought not just have had great execution reliably for the past three years at the worldwide level with fabulousness for the year for which the Award is prescribed, however ought to additionally have indicated characteristics of initiative, sportsmanship and a feeling of order.
In the wake of getting the honor, the off-spinner uploaded photos of him on his Twitter account and said, “A glad moment in life. Gotten the recompense from the minister of state Shri Sarbananda Sonowal.”
Ashwin, 28, was the 48th cricketer to get the prestigious grant. He raised as a tried and true bowler in all configurations of the amusement, catching 124 wickets (aside from scoring 1009 runs, including two hundreds) in 25 Tests, 139 wickets in 99 ODIs and 25 in 26 T20 Internationals.
Ashwin, who took 18 matches to finish 100 Test wickets, turned into the quickest Indian to achieve the point of reference in November 2013, edging past spin legend Erapalli Prasanna (20 Tests). He is the fifth quickest bowler in Test history to pack 100 wickets.