Mahendra Singh Dhoni nominated for Padma Bhushan by BCCI
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Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who led India to two World Cup titles.
He has scored 9737 runs in 302 ODIs besides 4876 runs in 90 Test matches.
He has played 78 T20 Internationals, notching up 1212 runs.
The BCCI has nominated MS Dhoni for the country’s third highest civilian award — the Padma Bhushan. Towards his contribution to the Indian Cricket on an international level.
An official confirmed that the Board has sent one name for the Padma awards this year. It was a unanimous decision to nominate India’s most successful captain for Indian Cricket team.
“There was no doubt among the members that Dhoni has incomparable credentials.
With Two World titles (2011 50-over World Cup and 2007 World T20), nearly 10,000 runs, 90 Test matches under his captaincy. He has been the most loved captain by his team as a motivator and an inspiration to the followers of Indian Cricket,” a senior BCCI official on condition of anonymity.
The 36-year-old has credits like he 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.
He has 16 international hundreds (6 in Tests and 10 in ODIs) along with 100 international half-centuries.
As a wicketkeeper, Dhoni has held 584 catches across the various match formats (256 in Tests, 285 in ODIs and 43 in T20 Internationals). he has successfully showcased his talents both as a captain and a wicketkeeper. He has also affected 163 stumpings.
Dhoni is already a recipient of the prestigious Arjuna, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, and the Padma Shri award.
If Dhoni is conferred with Padma Bhushan, he will become the 11th Indian cricketer to get the third highest civilian honors.
The other international cricketers, who have been the recipients of Padma Bhushan award are Sachin Tendulkar, 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 Vizianagaram, who was India’s captain during their 1936 tour to England.