India speedster Jasprit Bumrah and batsmen Shikhar Dhawan is likely to be nominated for the prestigious Arjuna Award this year by the BCCI.

If BCCI decides to put forward multiple names in the men’s section, veteran opener Shikhar Dhawan could also be preferred as he missed out in 2018 despite the board sending his nomination.  Bumrah lost out as he had completed only two years in international cricket while the standards of selection require the performance of a minimum of three years at the very best level.

That’s why Bumrah, who completed three years of international cricket last year, omitted to Jadeja, who is senior also as a uniform performer for several years,” the source added. The 26-year-old has 68 wickets from 14 Tests, 104 wickets from 64 ODIs, and 59 wickets from 50 T20Is, making for an outstanding four years in Indian colors.

He certainly has the simplest credentials. He was ICC’s No 1 ranked ODI bowler. He’s the sole Asian bowler to select up five-wicket hauls in South Africa, England, Australia, and West Indies.

In the case of Dhawan, he was out of action for a substantial period last year after sustaining multiple injuries. In 2018, we had sent Dhawan’s name for the nomination but only Smriti Mandhana got the award. So BCCI can send both Bumrah and Dhawan’s names.

In the women’s category, all-rounder Deepti Sharma and pacer Shikha Pandey are the leading candidates for nominations.

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