MS Dhoni for Padma Bhushan Award by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
MS Dhoni, the well-known captain of the Indian cricket team, has been nominated for the prestigious Padma Bhushan by the Cricket Control Board (BCCI) on Wednesday. With the nomination, former Indian captain Dhoni Kottari Naidu, Vinoo Sard and, Sunil Gavaskar, Raja Bhalender Singh, Dinkar Balwant Deodhar, Kapil Dev, Chandu Borde and Rahul Dravid joined Elite Club.
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There was no doubt among the members that ms 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,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on condition of anonymity.
A senior BCCI official confirmed that the cricket governing body of India has sent only Dhoni’s name for the Padma awards this year. The wicketkeeper-batsman has made immense contributions to Indian cricket and is the only captain to win all ICC trophies.
The BCCI has not sent any other nominations for the Padma awards this year.
The 36-year-old has scored 9737 runs in 302 ODIs besides 4876 runs in 90 Test matches. He has also played 78 T20 Internationals, notching up 1212 runs.
After stepping down from the post of captaincy, Ms. Dhoni has been in tremendous form with the bat. The right-handed batsman, who had retired from the Test cricket in 2015, has played 14 ODI innings ever since passing on the responsibility to Virar Kohli and has scored 627 runs at an average of 89.57 and strike rate of 85.65.
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The lesser known names include Raja Bhalindra Singh of Patiala, who played 13 first-class matches, and Vijaya Anand — the Maharaja of Vizianagaram, who was India’s captain during their 1936 tour to England.