MS Dhoni nominated for India's third-highest civilian honour by the BCCI

Ross Houston
September 21, 2017

The awards are announced on the eve of Republic Day (January 26).

And if the wicketkeeper-batsman is conferred with the Padma Bhushan, he will become only the 11th Indian cricketer to get the third highest civilian honour.

Welcoming the nomination of former Indian cricket captain M S Dhoni for the Padma Bhushan by the BCCI, the Congress today said that he was deserving of the honour.Talking to reporters here, AICC spokesperson Rajeev Shukla said, "Dhoni is a very talented player". It was a unanimous decision by the members. "He has been one of the greatest names in contemporary cricket and the most appropriate choice of the Indian cricket board".

Dhoni made his global debut in 2004 and is the only captain in history to have won all three ICC trophies (World T20 2007, World Cup 2011 and Champions Trophy 2013). "There is no one better than him, who could have been nominated", Khanna further stated.

He has scored 9737 runs in 302 ODIs besides 4876 runs in 90 Test matches.

At present, Dhoni is part of India's limited-overs squad involved in a five-match ODI series at home against Australia.

Under the 36-year-old's captaincy, India also won the 2013 Champions Trophy and became the top ranked team in Test cricket.

Dhoni is now with the Indian team as they continue their battle with the visiting Australians in the limited-overs format.

Dhoni has 16 worldwide hundreds (6 in Tests and 10 in ODIs) to his credit along with 100 global half-centuries.

Former captains Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev, Rahul Dravid and Chandu Borde have also received the award.

Padma Shri for distinguished service.

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