Smriti Mandhana recommended for Indian sports honour award arranged by VK foundation

Smriti Mandhana recommended for Indian sports honour award arranged by VK foundation

Ashwin, Pandya and Pujara also nominated for the prestigious awards.

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Smriti Mandhana celebrates her century. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

One of the stars of the ICC Women’s World Cup in England, India’s opening batsman Smriti Mandhana, has been nominated for the emerging sportswoman of the year category in the Indian Sports Honour award alongside the likes of Aditi Ashok (golf) and Ritu Phogat (wrestling). The event is organized by the Virat Kohli Foundation.

Mandhana hogged all the limelight for her spirited performances during the early stages of the World Cup. She slammed back to back tons in the first two games for India, which set up their glorious campaign in the recently concluded multilateral tournament.

India went on to reach the finals of the World Cup where they fell short of clinching their maiden title by just a whisker. Along with Smriti Mandhana, the other stars in the campaign for India were Harmanpreet Kaur and Veda Krishnamurthy. In fact, Veda bagged a Big Bash League contract after her show in the tournament.

Ashwin, Pandya and Pujara also nominated for the prestigious awards

Her popularity wasn’t quite restricted only to the cricket field as she won many hearts across social media with her smile. So much so that she surpassed Disha Patani to become the ‘national crush’ of the country. Coupled with her performances with the bat against England and West Indies, she remained in the spotlight for a significant amount of time.

However, this time around, she returned to her point of fame after being nominated for the prestigious sports award organized by Virat Kohli foundation in tandem with the RPSG group. The winner of the different award will be announced at a ceremony that would be held in Mumbai on November 11.

Badminton stalwart PV Sindhu, gymnast Sakshi Malik and Dipa Karmakar, along with athlete Lalita Babar and tennis ace Sania Mirza is also nominated for the sportswoman of the year section. In the team event category, the list includes Indian junior hockey team, the senior cricket, hockey and kabaddi teams along with women’s cricket and hockey teams.