Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been awarded the Padma Bhushan – the third-highest civilian award in India.
While nominating his name for the award, BCCI’s acting president CK Khanna reckoned that Dhoni was ‘a unanimous and the most choice.’
“It was a unanimous decision by the members. He has been one of the greatest names in contemporary cricket and the most appropriate choice of the Indian cricket board. He is one of our greatest ODI cricketers with nearly 10,000 runs in ODIs. Not many players have played 90 Test matches. There is no one better than him, who could have been nominated,” Khanna had said.
The last cricketer before Dhoni, to get the award was another former skipper – Rahul Dravid in 2013.