MS Dhoni conferred with Padma Bhushan by Ram Nath Kovind in Rashtrapati Bhavan
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is regarded as one of the most decorated captains our country has ever produced. Dhoni has always led from the front on and off the field and his calm and composed nature even in crunch situations have been praised worldwide.
Yesterday, Mahendra Singh Dhoni added yet another jewel to his crown. Lt. Colonel (Hony) Mahendra Singh Dhoni marched and collected his Padma Bhushan award from President Ram Nath Kovind.
Dhoni, dressed smartly in his territorial army uniform collected the award as the crowd broke into thunderous applause. Along with Dhoni, Pankaj Advani was also conferred with the Padma Bhushan. Coincidentally, it was on the very same day way back in 2011 that Dhoni launched pacer Nuwan Kulasekara for a big six over the long-on to break India’s 28-year-old World Cup hoodoo in front of a jam-packed Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Regarded as one of the best finishers, Dhoni has been one of the most successful captains for India ever. Firstly, he delivered the ICC T20 World Cup 2007 in his inaugural year as captain. He went on to help India achieve number 1 status in Test Cricket after a series win against Australia. He won the Commonwealth Bank Tri Series against hosts Australia and neighbourhood country Sri Lanka.
This victory was followed by multiple series victories at home against Bangladesh, England, South Africa. And finally, Dhoni delivered what mattered the most. He won the ICC Cricket World Cup in front of his host country, thereby making India the number 1 ranked country in ODIs. It was followed by successive IPL triumphs with Chennai Super Kings.
He also led India to the Champions Trophy 2013. He retired from Test cricket in 2014 and in January 2017, relinquished limited overs captaincy too leading to Virat Kohli taking over in all three formats. The 36-year-old has made 4876 runs in tests. And is just 33 short of reaching the 10,000 mark in ODIs. By securing that he would become the first Indian Wicket Keeper to do so.
With such contributions to Indian as well as List A cricket, his achievement of the Padma Bhushan is justified. Dhoni is also the 11th Indian cricketer to receive the Padma Bhushan after CK Nayudu (1956), MK Vizianagaram (1958), Vinoo Mankad (1973), Sunil Gavaskar (1980), Bhalindra Singh (1983) Prof DB Deodhar, Lala Amarnath, Kapil Dev (1991), Chandu Borde (2002) and Rahul Dravid (2013). Dhoni had earlier won the Padma Shri in 2009.
What’s the Hype brings to you live pictures from the Rashtrapati Bhavan as Dhoni and Pankaj Advani were awarded the prestigious prize in grand fashion: