Ace cricketer Smriti Mandhana successfully made it to the Forbes List Of 30 Under 30 Asia 2018 list and now the influencer has been nominated by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the prestigious Arjuna Award.

BCCI has also nominated Indian men’s cricket team opener, Shikhar Dhawan.

“We have sent the communication to the Government of India,” BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhury confirmed on Wednesday, NDTV reported.

Considered as the favourite in women’s cricket, Mandhana had helped India reach the final of the ICC Women’s World Cup in England last year.

The left-handed batswoman is a crucial player in the Indian women’s cricket team. The 21-year-old created history when she became the first Indian female cricketer to score a double hundred in a one-day game. Also, she is the second Indian, after Harmanpreet Kaur, to play in Australia’s Big Bash League. Recently, she scored the fastest fifty ever scored by any Indian player in women’s T20I cricket. She achieved this in the opening innings against England in the third match of the women’s T20 tri-series at the Brabourne Stadium.

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In 2016, after Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana had become the second player to sign on for the overseas Twenty20 franchise, the Big Bash League ( BBL). Again in the same year, she had become the only player from the country to be named in the Women’s Team of the Year 2016, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced.

Of Indian women cricketers, the batting sensation performed exceptionally and was a crucial part of the team in the World Cup finals. Her batting performance has been India’s best till date. Arguably, this woman’s remarkable fight has helped the team garner a noticeable place in the top league and also occupying the top spot in the women’s team rankings.

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