MS Dhoni gets Padma Bhushan Award from President Ramnath Kovind.
Ex Indian Cricket team Captain MS Dhoni received country’s third highest civilian award, Padma Bhushan, from President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday. Dhoni wore his official uniform of the Territorial Army for the ceremony. Apart from Dhoni, multiple billiards world champion Pankaj Advani also received the award for his extra ordinary achievements. Advani, 32, has ruled world billiards for several years.
It was a coincidence that Dhoni was conferred with the prestigious civilian honour on the seventh anniversary of their famous World Cup triumph.
Dhoni has been the recipient of many awards, including the ICC ODI Player of the Year award in 2008 and 2009 (the first player to win the award twice), the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 2007 and the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honour in 2009. Considered as the country’s most successful cricket captain, Dhoni led India to two World Cup triumphs — in the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 held in South Africa in September 2007 and the 2011 ICC ODI World Cup. India also won ICC Champions Trophy under him. It was under his captaincy that India climbed to No. 1 in the ICC Test Rankings in December 2009.