BCCI recommends MS Dhoni for Padma Bhushan

BCCI felt that Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the right candidate for the award.

Written by Devendra Pandey | Mumbai | Updated: August 13, 2014 10:29 am
The award is the third highest civilian award in the country (Source: Reuters) The award is the third highest civilian award in the country (Source: Reuters)

While India’s stocks continue to take a beating in England, things are looking up for skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni back home after he was recommended for the Padma Bhushan award by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The award is the third highest civilian award in the country.

The Indian board has also pushed forward the names of under-performing middle-order batsman Virat Kohli to the sports ministry for the Padmashree Award . The women’s team captain Mithali Raj, presently also in England, has also been nominated for a Padmashree by the BCCI.

“The BCCI felt that Dhoni is the right candidate for the award. Last year, India clinched the Champions Trophy under his leadership and he is the lone Indian captain to win all major ICC tournaments. We felt he deserves it,” a BCCI official said. Dhoni is already a Padmashree awardee, having been accorded the title in 2009.

Meanwhile, Kohli might be enduring the worst run with the bat in his highly prolific international career, but his performances over the last year were nothing short of outstanding. Just 25, he already has amassed 5634 runs in 134 ODIs and has emerged as India’s mainstay of late. Over the last eight months, he has also taken over the No.4 spot in the Test batting line-up filling into the boots left vacant post Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement.

“No one has performed as well as Virat has over the past four years. His performance has been exceptional for the country and we thought recommending him for the Padmashree is justified,” the source added.

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  1. D
    Dinesh Singh
    Aug 16, 2014 at 1:18 am
    Dhoni deserves Bharat Ratna. His contribution is no less than Sachin Tendulkar.
    1. J
      Jatin Sutaria
      Aug 13, 2014 at 7:31 am
      hahahahha....these bunch of jokers
      1. S
        Aug 17, 2014 at 12:31 am
        All the awards given to Dhoni need to be stripped as he do not deserve any award. With the pathetic performance in England all the Indian cricketers need to be stripped of all their awards, their compensations and their endorts. Because Indian cricketers do not deserve any of these things And they also need to be replaced by other talented cricketers. BCCI are you listening. Why would they listen they are the most corrupt organization ever.
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          sharma sk
          Aug 15, 2014 at 2:21 pm
          Dhoni prefers money than honours.He did not go to get padmashri award from the President because he had to attend a commercial shooting.It is otherwise also no time for honours as the team with Dhoni as leader is presently only bringing dishonour for the country.
          1. B
            Aug 17, 2014 at 12:39 am
            He may deserve the award, but it is time to remove Dhoni as the Captain and put someone else in-charge, retaining him in the team only as a wk--batsman. The total batting failure of our team in the last 2 tests warrants a rethinking to choose a new captain.
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