New Delhi: Former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been nominated by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the Padma Bhushan award.
Confirming the news, a senior BCCI official said that Dhoni’s name has been suggested for his contribution to the world Cricket.
He said, “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.”
“Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been nominated by the BCCI for the Padma Bhushan award. There was no doubt among the members that Dhoni has impeccable credentials. His kitty has two World titles, namely 50-over World Cup of 2011 and World T20 of 2007, nearly 10,000 runs, 90 Test matches. There is no one better than him, who could have been nominated,” a senior BCCI official said.
The 36-year-old wicket-keeper-batsman has scored 9,737 runs in 302 ODIs besides 4,876 runs in 90 Test matches.
He has also played 78 T20 Internationals, notching up 1,212 runs.
He has 16 international hundreds including 6 in Tests and 10 in ODIs.
Dhoni also possesses 100 international half-centuries.
MSD has held 584 catches across all formats — 256 in Tests, 285 in ODIs and 43 in T20 Internationals — till date along with 163 stumpings.
The former Indian Captain is already a recipient of the prestigious Arjuna Award along with Rajeev Gandhi Khel Ratna and the Padma Shri award.
Conferred with Padma Bhushan, MSD will become the 11th Indian cricketer to get the third highest civilian honour.
Other cricketers to get the award are:
Some of the names are — Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar, Rahul Dravid, Chandu Borde, Prof DB Deodhar, Col CK Nayudu and Lala Amarnath.