The Board of Control for Cricket in Indiia (BCCI) has nominated Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the country’s third highest civilian award — the Padma Bhushan for his contribution to the game.
The Board has only sent one name for the Padma awards this year and it was a unanimous decision to nominate India’s most successful captain.
Dhoni is already a recipient of the prestigious Arjuna, Rajeev Gandhi Khel Ratna and the Padma Shri awards. If he is conferred with Padma Bhushan, he will become the 11th Indian cricketer to get the third highest civilian honour.
Some of the notable international cricketers, who have been the recipients of Padma Bhushan award are Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar, Rahul Dravid, Chandu Borde, Prof DB Deodhar, Col CK Nayudu, and Lala Amarnath.
Raja Bhalindra Singh of Patiala, who played 13 first-class matches, and Vijaya Anand, who was India’s captain during their 1936 tour to England are the lesser known names among the Padma Bhushan Awards recipients.
Source: The Hindu