Indian cricket April 29, 2009

Gambhir, Goswami recommended for Arjuna Award

Cricinfo staff

Gautam Gambhir and India women's captain Jhulan Goswami have been recommended by the BCCI for the Arjuna Award, India's highest civilian honour for sportsmen.

Gambhir has been in prolific form since the start of 2008, scoring 1579 Test runs at an average of 75.19. His most notable performance was his match-saving 137 against New Zealand in Napier, where India batted out close to two days after following on to retain a 1-0 lead in the series, which they eventually won. He's also been one of India's best perfomers in the ODI format, scoring 1494 runs at 46.38 in the same duration.

Goswami replaced Mithali Raj as captain for India's tour of Australia in October 2008, and subsequently led the team to third place in the World Cup. Goswami, one of the fastest bowlers in the game, is currently the third-highest wicket taker in women's ODIs, and was named the ICC Women's Player of the Year in 2007.