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India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has been bestowed with the Arjuna award, which is an Indian government honour for recognition of outstanding achievement in national sport.
Despite not being in the best of form as of late, Ashwin was the fastest bowler to take 100 Test wickets since 1931.
The awards were given out by India President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapathi Bhavan in New Delhi on Friday. However, Ashwin was not present for the award ceremony since he is currently with the Indian national team in England.
Besides Ashwin, 47 other cricketers have been given the award, including batsman Virat Kohli, who won it last year.
One of the main criterion for being eligible to win the award is that the sportsperson should “not only have good performance over the previous four years at the international level but also should have shown qualities of leadership, sportsmanship and a sense of discipline.”