Pujara’s wait for Arjuna award is over, awarded at ‘hand over’ ceremony

Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has been honored with the prestigious award five years after he was recommended for the Arjuna Award. Pujara could not attend the award ceremony in 2017 due to his cricketing commitments. He finally got a chance to lift the trophy at the ‘hand over’ ceremony here on Saturday. After receiving the award from Sports Minister Anurag Thakur, he tweeted, “Thank you BCCI and Anurag Thakur for organizing this honor to later hand over the Arjuna Award.” I could not take it that year due to my cricketing commitments. Honored and grateful for this. ,

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Pujara plays domestic cricket for Saurashtra, he is in the capital Delhi for the Vijay Hazare Trophy. He will be part of the India A team that will tour Bangladesh for a two-Test series next month. Pujara returned to the Indian team after a string of impressive performances in county cricket, having played 96 Tests.

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