Never thought I will get Arjuna Award: Harmanpreet

first_img(Eds: Repeating after correction in the intro) By Philem Dipak Singh New Delhi, Aug 28 (PTI) Indias womens cricket World Cup star performer Harmanpreet Kaur says that she had never thought of winning the prestigious Arjuna Award which she will receive tomorrow. 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 told PTI 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 womens IPL to begin soon in India. “We get the opportunity to play in other leagues like womens Big Bash League (in Australia), Kia Super League (in England). If there is womens IPL in India, it will be very big. In think the BCCI is mulling over on this issue. I wish a womens IPL starts in the near future,” said the Punjab batswoman. Harmarpreet played in the womens 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 womens cricket in India got a huge boost because of the national teams 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 womens 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,” PTI PDS KHS ATadvertisementlast_img