India news August 29, 2014

Ashwin honoured with Arjuna award

ESPNcricinfo staff

India offspinner R Ashwin has been conferred the Arjuna award, an Indian government honour to recognise outstanding achievement in national sport. Ashwin has been India's lead spinner in limited-overs in recent years and was also the quickest bowler to 100 Test wickets since 1931.

The awards were presented by the Indian president Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapathi Bhavan in New Delhi on Friday, but Ashwin was not present for the ceremony as he is currently with the Indian team on the England tour.

The Arjuna awards were instituted in 1961, and 47 Indian cricketers have been honoured with it since. The award consists of a statuette, a certificate, a ceremonial dress, and a cash award of Rs 5 lakhs (around $8250). At least one cricketer has been conferred the award in each of the last six years, with Virat Kohli winning it in 2013.

One of the main criterion for being eligible for the awards is that the sportsperson should "not only have good performance over the previous four years at the international level but also should have shown qualities of leadership, sportsmanship and a sense of discipline."

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  • Naresh on September 1, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    IF Ashwin keeps up the good work, he could one day rise to captaincy. This award should spur him to greater heights. He has also shown that he can bat in TESTS. A hope for India since Kumble left the spin scene.

  • vas on August 31, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    Correction: can't FORGET your carom ball dismissal of Amla.

  • raj on August 31, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    Congrats to Ashwin!! To the critics, Ashwin does not have the experience to succeed in every condition just yet but that improves in time. He is a genuine match winner and he should be persevered with - After all, India has given so many chances to Ishant, Rohit, Jadeja etc and they do not look half the prospect that Ashwin is.

  • vas on August 31, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    Congrats. Continue to work hard and keep improving. Can't for the carom ball dismissal of Amla in the semi in T20WC in Bangladesh.

  • Dummy on August 30, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    Harbhajan is much better!!!

  • Jagan on August 30, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    Congratulations Ashwin, you deserve it !

    Start bowling your off spinners to the right hand batters from over the wickets, I will initiate a signature campaign on behalf of you for many more awards!

    You look like a gutsy guy...just walk to your skipper and tell him to give you a chance to bowl 10 overs of traditional off spin bowling over the wickets. He will be happy he listened to you because you are going to pick up wickets up front!

  • RAJARAMAN on August 30, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    Congratulations! Let this be a booster to you to enhance your performance in coming years!!

  • MANIKANDAN A on August 30, 2014, 4:01 GMT

    Congrats ASh.............

  • Dummy4 on August 30, 2014, 3:56 GMT

    Birth no 8, today is total 8, I mean a special day for u, you would be the next Anil Kimble,

  • Arun on August 30, 2014, 2:38 GMT

    Best wishes Ashwin. I wrote your name incorrectly but my wife corrected successfully.

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