Shami was one of the four cricketers recommended by the BCCI for Arjuna Award.
The board has nominated one female and three male cricketers for the Arjuna Award 2019.
However, only Kohli was present at the Rashtrapati Bhavan to receive the award as Mandhana was on Sri Lanka tour.
The Sangli girl felt that the recognition is a big boost for women’s cricket as it will help spread awareness.
Previously, cricketers like Virat Kohli, Mithali Raj and Rohit Sharma have been awarded the title.
The Arjuna Award is the highest sporting honor in India.
Harmanpreet, who was among the 17 who were rewarded with the award on the National Sports Day demanded a Women's IPL as soon as possible.
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Harmanpreet was understandably happy with the prospect of winning the award and admitted that she never expected the honour.
“It's a huge honour for me," Pujara said.