Before MS Dhoni, These 10 Cricketers Received Padma Bhushan
New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday nominated Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the prestigious Padma Bhushan Award.
The wicketkeeper-batsman has made immense contributions to Indian cricket and is the only captain to win all ICC trophies, namely World Cup, Champions Trophy and the inaugural World T20 World Cup in 2007.
After stepping down from captaincy, Dhoni has been in stupendous 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 Virat Kohli and has scored 627 runs at an average of 89.57 and strike rate of 85.65. Dhoni was named ICC’s ODI Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009.
With the nomination, former India captain Dhoni joins the elite club comprising of Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar, Rahul Dravid, Chandu Borde, Prof DB Deodhar, Col CK Nayudu, and Lala Amarnath.
The lesser known names include Raja Bhalindra Singh of Patiala, who played 13 first-class matches, and Vijaya Anand, the Maharaja of Vizianagram, who was India’s captain during their 1936 tour to England.