Mohammed Shami Honored with Arjuna Award for Cricket Excellence

In a momentous ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan, Indian cricketer Mohammed Shami was conferred with the prestigious Arjuna Award by President Droupadi Murmu. This recognition comes as a testament to Shami’s remarkable contributions to Indian cricket, particularly his outstanding performances throughout the year 2023.

Shami’s excellence on the field during the ODI World Cup 2023 garnered widespread acclaim, solidifying his candidacy for this esteemed honor. Despite missing the initial four games of the tournament, Shami’s exceptional pace and skill saw him secure an impressive 24 wickets in just seven matches. His bowling prowess proved to be a nightmare for opposition teams, and his stellar run culminated in the breaking of several records.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) played a pivotal role in recommending Shami for the Arjuna Award, acknowledging his consistent brilliance and valuable contributions to the team’s success. The elated cricketer expressed his joy and pride at receiving the award, emphasizing the significance of this achievement in his career.

“This award is a dream; life passes, and people are not able to win this award. It’s a matter of great joy, and I’m feeling proud. A lot of individuals remain mere spectators as they watch others win these awards throughout their lives. It’s a dream that remains unfulfilled for many,” Shami remarked on Monday in an interview with ANI.

Mohammed Shami Bowling Stats- ICC ODI World Cup 2023

15-11-2023India vs New Zealand (Semi-Final)7/575.8Mumbai
12-11-2023India vs Netherlands0/416.83Bengaluru
02-11-2023India vs Sri Lanka5/183.6Mumbai
29-10-2023India vs England4/223.14Lucknow
22-10-2023India vs New Zealand5/545.4Dharamsala
5-11-2023India vs South Africa2/184.5Kolkata
Mohammed Shami has picked 23 wickets in just 6 matches in the 2023 Cricket World Cup .

Shami’s ascent to becoming India’s all-time highest wicket-taker in the history of the ODI World Cup further underscores his impact on the cricketing world. The Arjuna Award stands as a well-deserved recognition of Mohammed Shami’s exceptional skills, dedication, and invaluable contributions to Indian cricket.