• 14 Apr, 2024

Mohammed Shami Honored with Arjuna Award by President Murmu

Mohammed Shami Honored with Arjuna Award by President Murmu

On January 9, 2024, President Droupadi Murmu of India bestowed the prestigious Arjuna Award upon the exceptional fast bowler, Mohammed Shami. This esteemed recognition came as a culmination of Shami's outstanding performance in the 2023 ODI World Cup, where his prowess on the cricket field left an indelible mark. The Board of Control for Cricket in India, acknowledging Shami's remarkable contributions, had proposed his name for this distinguished honor. This accolade not only celebrates Shami's individual achievements but also serves as a testament to his dedication and skill, further solidifying his place as a cricketing maestro on the global stage. 

 

On January 9, 2024, the illustrious fast bowler from India, Mohammed Shami, was honored with the prestigious Arjuna Award by the esteemed President of India, Droupadi Murmu. This recognition came as a fitting tribute to Shami's remarkable performance in the ODI World Cup 2023, where he emerged as the standout bowler of the tournament. The Board of Control for Cricket in India, acknowledging Shami's sensational outing, recommended his name for this esteemed accolade. His exceptional skills and unwavering determination were showcased as he claimed a staggering 24 wickets from just 7 matches during the pinnacle event, solidifying his status as a cricketing maestro on the global stage. The Arjuna Award thus stands as a testament to Shami's dedication, talent, and invaluable contributions to the sport of cricket, marking a significant milestone in his illustrious career. 
 

This recognition is undoubtedly a dream come true. Many people aspire to win this esteemed prize throughout their lives, but very few are fortunate enough to do so. "I am incredibly happy and grateful to be one of the nominees for this prestigious award," Shami said in advance of the ceremony. 

In a surprising turn of events during the initial phase of the 2023 World Cup, Mohammed Shami found himself excluded from the starting lineup for the first four matches. However, fate took a sharp twist when Hardik Pandya sustained a gruesome ankle injury in a clash against Bangladesh on October 19, prompting Shami's inclusion in the starting XI. Seizing the opportunity, Shami left an indelible mark on the tournament for the Indian team, delivering a stellar performance by claiming five crucial wickets against New Zealand. This pivotal moment marked the beginning of Shami's remarkable journey in the competition, as he went on to set a new record. Concluding the tournament with an impressive tally of 24 wickets, Shami not only played a pivotal role in the team's success but also outperformed the illustrious Jasprit Bumrah, asserting his prowess as a standout pacer for India. 
 

How many players were awarded the Arjuna Award for 2023? 
 

In a remarkable display of athletic prowess, 26 outstanding individuals were honored with the prestigious Arjuna Award for their exceptional performances in 2023. The spotlight shone brightly on the athletes who had showcased their brilliance at the Asian Games 2023, as India emerged triumphant in China with an unprecedented tally of 107 medals. This monumental achievement shattered the nation's previous record of 70 medals, set during the Jakarta 2018 Asian Games, celebrated for its 16 gold medals. 

However, the 2023 Hangzhou Games not only surpassed the earlier quantity but also raised the bar in terms of quality. On the climactic day of the competition, India reached new heights by clinching an astonishing 12 medals, including 6 golds, 4 silvers, and 2 bronzes. This extraordinary feat propelled India's overall medal count to over 100 for the first time in the history of the competition. 

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The icing on the cake was the prestigious Arjuna Award ceremony held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Tuesday, January 9. President Murmu, with pride and admiration, bestowed the awards upon the 26 deserving athletes, among them the likes of Shami and long jumper M Sreeshankar. The Arjuna Award, considered the second-highest sporting honor in India after the Khel Ratna Award, symbolized not only individual achievements but also the collective triumph of a nation that had etched its name in the annals of sporting glory. 

Complete List of 2023 Arjuna Award Recipients 

Athletes 

Discipline 

Ms Aditi Gopichand Swami 

Archery 

Shri Ojas Pravin Deotale 

Archery 

Shri Sreeshankar Murali 

Athletics 

Ms Parul Chaudhary 

Athletics 

Shri Mohameed Hussamuddin 

Boxing 

Ms R Vaishali 

Chess 

Shri Mohammed Shami 

Cricket 

Shri Anush Agarwalla 

Equestrian 

Ms Divyakriti Singh 

Equestrian Dressage 

Ms Diksha Dagar 

Golf 

Shri Krishan Bahadur Pathak 

Hockey 

Ms Pukhrambam Sushila Chanu 

Hockey 

Shri Pawan Kumar 

Kabaddi 

Ms Ritu Negi 

Kabaddi 

Ms Nasreen 

Kho-Kho 

Ms Pinki 

Lawn Bowls 

Shri Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar 

Shooting 

Ms Esha Singh 

Shooting 

Shri Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu 

Squash 

Ms Ayhika Mukherjee 

Table Tennis 

Shri Sunil Kumar 

Wrestling 

Ms Antim Panghal 

Wrestling 

Ms Naorem Roshibina Devi 

Wushu 

Ms Sheetal Devi 

Para Archery 

Shri Illuri Ajay Kumar Reddy 

Blind Cricket 

Para Canoeing 

Ms Prachi Yadav