Yuvraj Singh and former India women’s captain Anjum Chopra have been awarded a Padma Shri, India’s fourth top municipal honour, for their services to cricket. The dual cricketers were among 7 sportspersons named in a awards list announced on a eve of a country’s Republic Day.
“Feeling happy n celebrated to join a shining list of Padamshree awardees this year,” Yuvraj tweeted. “My thankfulness to a govt of india. Thanks for all a wishs and msgs this is a grt proclivity for me to continue to serv my nation in cricket in cancer awarenes With al my heart adore to al”.
Yuvraj has had a formidable year in general cricket, and did not find a place in India’s ODI patrol furloughed New Zealand. He has, however, seen copiousness of highs in a career travelling 40 Tests, 293 ODIs and 34 T20s, many memorably a Man of a Tournament opening in India’s winning 2011 World Cup campaign. He was diagnosed with cancer shortly after that, though recovered to make a heartwarming quip a year later.
Chopra is one of a country’s many successful women cricketers, carrying played 12 Tests, 127 ODIs and 18 T20s between 1995 and 2012. Chopra, a eighth top run-getter in women’s ODIs, featured in 4 50-over World Cups, including a 2005 book in South Africa, where India reached a final, and captained India to a Test array win in England in 2006.