India news January 25, 2014

Yuvraj and Anjum Chopra get Padma Shri

ESPNcricinfo staff

Yuvraj Singh and former India women's captain Anjum Chopra have been awarded the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honour, for their services to cricket. The two cricketers were among seven sportspersons named in the awards list announced on the eve of the country's Republic Day.

"Feeling happy n honoured to join the illustrious list of Padamshree awardees this year," Yuvraj tweeted. "My gratitude to the govt of india. Thanks for all the wishs and msgs this is a grt motivation for me to continue to serv my country in cricket & in cancer awarenes With al my heart & love to al".

Yuvraj has had a difficult year in international cricket, and did not find a place in India's ODI squad touring New Zealand. He has, however, seen plenty of highs in a career spanning 40 Tests, 293 ODIs and 34 T20s, most memorably a Man of the Tournament performance in India's victorious 2011 World Cup campaign. He was diagnosed with cancer soon after that, but recovered to make a heartwarming comeback a year later.

Chopra is one of the country's most successful women cricketers, having played 12 Tests, 127 ODIs and 18 T20s between 1995 and 2012. Chopra, the eighth highest run-getter in women's ODIs, featured in four 50-over World Cups, including the 2005 edition in South Africa, where India reached the final, and captained India to a Test series win in England in 2006.

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  • Naresh on January 27, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    FANS would love YUVI to be back for WC. Lets hope he regains his form. Well done to the women cricketers as well.

  • Nat on January 27, 2014, 2:56 GMT

    Well deserved Yuvi and Anjum. Great to see the recognition from Ind gov for women cricket. Way to go.

  • Dummy4 on January 27, 2014, 2:41 GMT

    Yuvi is a passion....born to rule!! Cheers!!!

  • Dummy4 on January 26, 2014, 21:44 GMT

    Well done both of you. but it is less for someone having the quality likes of Yuvraj Singh. Dhoni is really lucky to become great without having much talent. he has won two WC and in both of them Yuvraj Singh was Man of Tournament, but all credit goes to Dhoni ( don't know why). Yuvraj singh's 4 is more classy than 6 of MSD. But not happy to see him out of the team. MSD hit a double century against AUS in 2013 and it was appreciated even by Indian politicians. Match after Pujara hit a double but that was not appriciated too much. On other hand a lot of big perfomances has come from Yuvraj, Dravid but never given that much of honor. Actually there is politics in cricket as well. finally, A big fan of Yuvraj Singh. Dear Yuvi you have a great platform in terms of IPL to show your quality. target any bowler and hit from starting of the match. you have the abilility to hit the for for sixes at your desire. GOOD LUCK

  • Dummy4 on January 26, 2014, 14:05 GMT

    Congrats stars. Yuvi and Anjum both of you deserve this honor

  • Ashok on January 26, 2014, 0:06 GMT

    Congrats to both the recipients. At last some recognition to Women Cricketers too! It is about time to drop the double standards where Men's Cricket team receives Millions of Dollar & Women's team is more like $10.000, Apart from poor funding for the team, they get very few matches & devoid of all basic facilities including travelling to the grounds to play matches. India needs to do more than just give Padma Shri.

  • Jay on January 25, 2014, 20:10 GMT

    Congratulations Yuvi !! You deserve it. We want you to serve India for many more years. Work hard champ, we need you for the World Cup next year.

  • ESPN on January 25, 2014, 18:49 GMT

    well done yuvi !! u deserve that!! true hero!!

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