MS Dhoni, who is considered to be one of the best captains in the history of cricket,has been nominated MS Dhoni for the country’s third highest civilian award — the Padma Bhushan — for his contribution to the game by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday.
A senior BCCI official confirmed that 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.
“MS Dhoni has been nominated by the BCCI for the Padma Bhushan award. There was no doubt among the members that Dhoni has impeccable credentials. Two World titles (2011 50-over Cricket World Cup and 2007 World T20), nearly 10,000 runs, 90 Test matches.
There is no one better than him, who could have been nominated,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity. His contribution to Indian cricket has been immense. After leading Indian cricket team for almost a decade, Dhoni is the only captain to win all ICC trophies.
The BCCI has not sent any other nominations for the Padma awards this year.
After stepping down from the post of captaincy, Dhoni has been in tremendous form . The 36-year-old former Indian cricket team captain has scored 9737 runs in 302 ODIs besides 4876 runs in 90 Test matches. He has also played 78 T20 Internationals, notching up 1212 runs.
He has 16 international hundreds (6 in Tests and 10 in ODIs) along with 100 international half-centuries.
This year continues to be a memorable year for the cricketer, not only with the bat but with the gloves too. As the 36-year old became the first wicketkeeper to effect 100 stumpings.
MS Dhoni is already a recipient of the prestigious Arjuna, Rajeev Gandhi Khel Ratna and the Padma Shri award.
If MS Dhoni is conferred with Padma Bhushan, he will become the 11th Indian cricketer to get the third highest civilian honour.
Some of the notable international cricketers, who have been the recipients of Padma Bhushan award are Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar, Rahul Dravid, Chandu Borde, Prof DB Deodhar, Col CK Nayudu, and Lala Amarnath.
The lesser known names include Raja Bhalindra Singh of Patiala, who played 13 first-class matches, and Vijaya Anand — the Maharaja of Vizianagram, who was India’s captain during their 1936 tour to England.