Former Indian captain and current wicket-keeper in the Indian Cricket Team, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been nominated for the Padma Bhushan, country’s third-highest civilian award, by the BCCI.
“Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been nominated by the BCCI for the Padma Bhushan award,” said BCCI’s acting president CK Khanna. “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’”, PTI reported.
The previous cricketers to have received this coveted award are Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sunil Gavaskar, Lala Amarnath, Chandu Borde, Prof DB Deodhar, Col CK Nayudu, Raja Bhalindra Singh and Vijay Anand. If MSD receives it, he would become the 11th cricketer in this list.
Dhoni has been a real wonder boy and a total game-changer since a decade with respect to the turnaround he has brought into Indian cricket. One of India’s most successful captains, Dhoni has led the country to victory in the 2007 World T20, the 2011 World Cup and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. He has amassed 10,949 runs from 380 matches in ODIs and a total of 4876 runs from 90 Test matches. Recently, he also became the sole wicket-keeper in the world to account 100 ODI stumpings in a series against Sri Lanka that India went on to win 5-0.
Having already made a massive contribution to Indian cricket and a lot more to offer for the future, it is only fitting of the BCCI to have nominated for such a prestigious award.
Apart from the international arena, MSD is also the face of IPL, having been the skipper as well as the iconic player for Chennai Super Kings for eight years in a row, until they were ruled out of the competition, after which his new home was Rising Pune Supergiant.
Dhoni is currently serving the Indian Team where India are to play Australia on 21st September at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata in the five match series. With no other young wicket-keeper in the fray to take up his role right away, it is likely that he would continue donning the gloves for Team India till the 2019 World Cup in England.