New Delhi: Former Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Monday, received the coveted Padma Bhushan award from President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi, wearing the uniform of the Indian army. Dhoni, who holds the rank of Honorary Lieutenant Colonel, gave the customary march in his uniform after being called up on the stage to be honored with the Padma Bhushan award. He hence became the second Indian cricketer after Kapil Dev to be conferred with this coveted award. Dhoni, who was accompanied by wife Sakshi at the event, received a round of applause by those in attendance as soon as he stood up and started marching towards the President.
Incidentally, the big honor came on the same day for the 36-year-old, when he had led Team India to the World Cup glory at Wankhede Stadium way back in 2011. Dhoni, hence, received the country’s third highest civilian award on the same day (April 2) when he had ended the country’s 28-year-old wait for the title.