Sports Illustrated India recognized 22-year-old Shubhankar Sharma’s exploits over the past year at the annual Sportsperson of the Year Awards. The Chandigarh lad was named “Gamechanger of the Year” during a gala on June 21.
Accepting the award, Sharma said: “2017 was most certainly a game-changing year for me in a lot of ways; it introduced me to the big major tours and I have been fortunate to put up a good show in all the tournaments that I participated… It just motivates me to put up a good show in the future tournaments and make my country proud.”
World No. 4 shuttler Kidambi Srikanth took home the “Sportsperson of the Year” honours, while legends from other disciplines—Balbir Singh Sr., Dhanraj Pillay, and Leander Paes—were also felicitated. The India Women’s Cricket Team won “Team of the Year”.
With US$ 589,575 in earnings for the 2018 season, Sharma currently leads the Asian Tour’s Habitat for Humanity Standings.