Former Indian cricketer Zaheer Khan will be awarded Padma Shri for his excellence in the field of sports. Apart from him, India women’s hockey unit skipper Rani Rampal and shooter Jitu Rai are set to receive the honors. Six-time boxing world champion Mary Kom will be conferred with Padma Vibhushan- nation’s second-highest civilian award.
Zaheer, the 2011 World Cup winner has represented India in 92 Test matches and 200 ODIs, bagging a total of 593 wickets across the two formats. He has also turned out for the men in blue in 17 T20Is, picking as many wickets. The 41-year-old recently took part in the T10 league, which was staged in Dubai. The left-arm pacer played his last international game in 2014.
Rani Rampal has played more than 200 games for India and made a huge impact in helping India secure a berth in the Tokyo Olympics by getting the better of United States in the qualification match.
Zaheer Khan set to be conferred with Padma Shri
Zaheer has scripted numerous match-winning spells during his playing career. From impressing one and all in his debut series back in 2000 to playing a key role in Sourav Ganguly’s strong Indian unit. He is only next to 1983 World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev when it comes to taking more than 300 Test wickets. His record-breaking figures at Trent Bridge helped India win just their fifth Test on English soil. The Mumbai-born cricketer was the joint highest wicket-taker in the marquee event of 2011 with 21 wickets from 9 games.
Former central ministers Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and George Fernandes, have been posthumously awarded Padma Vibhushan. It was announced by the Ministry of Home Affairs on Saturday. Last year, Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla stadium was renamed as Arun Jaitley Stadium in honor of the former president of DDCA. The renaming of the iconic stadium took place on 12 September.