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Harmanpreet Ecstatic on Receiving Arjuna Award

PTI |August 28, 2017, 6:00 PM IST
Harmanpreet Ecstatic on Receiving Arjuna Award

New Delhi: India's women's cricket World Cup star performer Harmanpreet Kaur says that she had never thought of winning the prestigious Arjuna Award which she will receive on Tuesday.

Harmanpreet has been named as one of the 17 sportspersons to receive the Arjuna Award from the President of India.

"For a sportsperson, any kind of recognition from the government is welcome and it boosts your confidence. Getting Arjuna Award is a dream for any sportsperson," Harmanpreet said on the sidelines of the launch of National Sports Talent Search Portal.

"I thank the government for thinking that I am worthy of this award and I am very happy for this. This will motivate me to work even better in future," she added.

Harmanpreet, whose memorable 171 not out in the World Cup semifinals against Australia took India to the finals, said she would want a women's IPL to begin soon in India.

"We get the opportunity to play in other leagues like women's Big Bash League (in Australia), Kia Super League (in England). If there is women's IPL in India, it will be very big. In think the BCCI is mulling over on this issue. I wish a women's IPL starts in the near future," said the Punjab batswoman.

Harmarpreet played in the women's BBL early this year but was ruled out of the Kia Super League due to a shoulder injury sustained during the World Cup.

She said the profile of women's cricket in India got a huge boost because of the national team's impressive performance in the recent World Cup.

"I am feeling good (to have got the adulation of the people). The people of India gave us a big reception and responded in a big way to our performance in the World Cup. We feel proud that we have performed well for the country. We hope to do even better in the times to come," she said.

She hoped that the number of international matches for the women's team will be increased.

"I hope the quantum of international matches will increase and the BCCI is having discussion on this and meetings are being held."

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Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
AUS
5 4 1 0 8 +0.81
2
NZ
4 3 0 1 7 +2.16
3
IND
4 3 0 1 7 +1.02
4
ENG
4 3 1 0 6 +1.55
5
BAN
5 2 2 1 5 -0.27
6
SL
5 1 2 2 4 -1.77
7
WI
5 1 3 1 3 +0.27
8
SA
5 1 3 1 3 -0.20
9
PAK
5 1 3 1 3 -1.93
10
AFG
4 0 4 0 0 -1.63

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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