Indian spinner, Poonam Yadav is going to receive the Arjuna Award. On Wednesday, she expressed that it is a proud moment for every athlete when an accolade comes their way.

Ravindra Jadeja from men’s cricket team will be receiving Arjuna award with Poonam Yadav. The accolade is an honour bestowed by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in order to recognize the achievement of athletes.

Poonad Yadav said, “Every athlete feels proud when you get Arjuna Award. I always dreamt of winning the Arjuna Award, I have struggled a lot. When I found out about the accolade, I was not able to believe it. I was very happy when I found about it.”

“It is the biggest achievement for any sportsperson. My journey has been very long, I have struggled a lot, many people wrote me out. People had expectations of me, probably that is the reason when used to find flaws in my game.”

She remembers the starting days of her cricket career. Yadav told she used to play gully cricket with boys. She specially mentions her brother for being supportive. In her words, “I used to play along with boys, I used to play gully cricket. I used to take the wicket of my neighbor on a daily basis, so he used to complain to my mother and I had to stop playing gully cricket. My friends told my parents that I play good cricket, so they understood me.”

She added, “My brother has also been supportive. When I received my Indian cap, it was a special moment. I was not originally a part of the squad, but someone also got an injury so I was selected. When I got into the team, I performed nicely so it was a good feeling.”


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