Paralympian Jhajharia, Sardar Singh recommended for Khel Ratna

first_img(Eds: Updating with quotes and more details) New Delhi, Aug 3 (PTI) Devendra Jhajharia today became the first paralympian to be recommended for Indias highest sporting honour — the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna — along with celebrated former hockey captain Sardar Singh. Javelin thrower Jhajharia, the first Indian to win two Paralympic gold medals, was the first choice of the awards selection committee headed by Justice (Retd) C K Thakkar. The committee has picked 31-year-old midfielder Sardar as its second nominee for the top honour and has suggested that both Jhajharia and Sardar be considered for the award jointly. The 36-year-old Jhajharias two gold medals came in the 2004 Athens Games and last years Rio Paralympics and he set new world records on both the occasions. He also won a gold medal at the 2013 World Championships. Sardar, on the other hand, has been a constant in Indias fast-improving standing in international hockey. The 31-year-old, regarded as one of the ace midfielders in the world, became the youngest player to captain the Indian hockey team when he led the side at the 2008 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. A recipient of the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India in 2015, Sardar has two Asian Games medals — gold in 2014 Incheon and bronze in 2010 Guangzhou. He also has two Commonwealth Games silver medals and was named in the International Hockey Federations All-Star team twice in 2010, 2011. “My hard work for the last 15-20 years has paid off. It is the biggest of all sporting honours and the credit for that goes to my teammates because without them I couldnt have achieved what I have,” Sardar said. Sardars name became a topic of debate during the meeting today due to the sexual harassment allegation levelled against him by a Indian-origin British hockey player. However, his sporting achievements were hard to ignore for the committee. Whether both Sardar and Jhajharia get the award or either of the two is picked, would be decided by the Sports Ministry in the next few days. Besides, the awards selection committee has recommended 17 names for the Arjuna award. The list includes mens Test cricket team regular Cheteshwar Pujara and womens team World Cup star Harmanpreet Kaur, Paralympic medallists Mariyappan Thangavelu and Varun Bhati, golfer SSP Chawrasia and hockey player S V Sunil. The 29-year-old Pujara scored the maximum runs for India in a single season last year. He tallied more than 1350 runs, surpassing even skipper Virat Kohli. Mariyappan had won the mens high jump (F46) gold medal at the Rio Olympics. Bhati, on the other hand, had claimed a silver in the same event. Golfer Chawrasia had won back-to-back Indian Open titles in 2016 and this year. Khel Ratna recommendations: Devendra Jhajharia (Para- Athlete) and Sardar Singh (Hockey). Arjuna Awards recommendations: V J Surekha (Archery), Khushbir Kaur (Athletics), Arokin Rajiv (Athletics), Prasanthi Singh (Basketball), L Devendro Singh (Boxing), Cheteshwar Pujara (Cricket), Harmanpreet Kaur (Cricket), Oinam Bembem Devi (Football), SSP Chawrasia (Golf), S V Sunil (Hockey), Jasvir Singh (Kabaddi), P N Prakash (Shooting), A Amalraj (Table Tennis), Saketh Myneni (Tennis), Satyawart Kadian (Wrestling), Mariyappan Thangavelu (Para-Athlete) and Varun Bhati (Para-Athlete). PTI AT SSC PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

Attacking Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav changed the game for England: Eoin Morgan

first_imgEngland openers Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy might have started cautiously, putting on 47 runs from the first powerplay, but they hit 97 from the next 10 as the likes of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav looked clueless and England skipper Eoin Morgan believes that changed the game for the hosts.”That period from 10 to 20 overs was probably the difference between the game,” Morgan said after the end of the game.”I think we scored about 90-something runs in 10 or 11 overs. And it was quite evident to see when the seam was run, the ball was not coming onto the bat. There was only a little bit of pace and we got a little bit of purchase from cutters, slower balls.”So Jonny and Jason can make a wicket seem flat at different stages, and they did through that period. So it was a great period for us and obviously got us off to an unbelievable start. So we felt we were ahead of the game at that time,” an elated Morgan explained.It was a must-win game and the English boys put on a clinical display and skipper Morgan said that is what gives this team confidence that they can not only qualify for the knockout games but also lift the coveted title.”We had lost the last two games, and obviously, you have to turn things around but you don’t know how you’re going to play. Having played the way we did today is very encouraging for us. The closer we can get to play our A-game, the more of a chance we have of going the whole way.advertisement”If we’re scraping our way along, not playing the type of cricket we played in the last four years, I wouldn’t be as confident,” he pointed.Also Read | This win keeps World Cup campaign in our own hands: Jonny Bairstow after England winAlso Read | Rishabh Pant made a big statement with his batting: Sachin TendulkarAlso Seelast_img read more