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MS Dhoni Nominated For Prestigious Padma Bhushan Award:- Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been nominated by the Indian Cricket board for the country’s third highest civilian award - the Padma Bhushan - for his contribution to the game.
Only one name was sent by the Board for the Padma awards this year, confirmed a senior BCCI official. 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. Two World titles (2011 50-over 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 a leading news paper on condition of anonymity.
No other nominations have been sent by the BCCI for the Padma awards this year. Besides a record of 4876 runs in 90 Test matches, the 36-year-old has scored 9737 runs in 302 ODIs. He has also played 78 T20 Internationals, notching up 1212 runs. Along with 100 international half-centuries, Dhoni has 16 international hundreds (6 in Tests and 10 in ODIs) .
Dhoni as a wicketkeeper, has held 584 catches across formats (256 in Tests, 285 in ODIs and 43 in T20 Internationals). He has also effected 163 stumpings.
Dhoni is already a recipient of the prestigious Arjuna, Rajeev Gandhi Khel Ratna, and the Padma Shri award. He will become the 11th Indian cricketer to get the third highest civilian honor. Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar, Rahul Dravid, Chandu Borde, Prof DB Deodhar, Col CK Nayudu, and Lala Amarnath are some of the notable international cricketers, who have been the recipients of Padma Bhushan award.
Raja Bhalindra Singh of Patiala and Vijaya Anand - the Maharaja of Vizianagaram are the lesser known names. Singh played 13 first-class matches, whereas Anand was the captain during their 1936 tour to England.