The Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) on Wednesday has announced the name of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, two times World-Cup winning team captain for the prestigious Padma Bhushan. It is the third highest civilian award after Bharat Ratna and Padma Vibhusan.
The news was confirmed by a senior BCCI official and he further mentioned that only one name has been forwarded for the Padma awards and it was a uniform decision to nominate one of the best captains of the world.
The senior official while confirming the news to PTI said, “Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been nominated by the BCCI for the Padma Bhushan award. There was no doubt among the members that Dhoni has impeccable credentials. Two World titles (2011 50-over World Cup and 2007 World T20), nearly 10,000 runs, 90 Test matches. There is no one better than him, who could have been nominated.”
MS Dhoni has already received the prestigious Arjuna Award, Padma Shri Award, and the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.
Dhoni will become the 11th cricketer to be conferred with the award after the likes of Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, and Sachin Tendulkar to name a few.
The 36-years-old wicket-keeper-batsman from Ranchi has represented India in 90 tests and 302 ODI’s scoring 4876runs and 9737runs respectively. He also became the first wicket-keeper to affect 100 stumpings in the 50-over format of the game. He also led to two successful World Cup winning campaign in 2007 and 2011.