Mumbai: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday nominated former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the country’s third highest civilian award — the Padma Bhushan — for his outstanding contribution to the game of cricket in India and the world at large.
“Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been nominated by the BCCI for the Padma Bhushan award. 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,” BCCI acting president CK Khanna told PTI today.
The BCCI has not sent any other nominations for the Padma awards this year.
Dhoni is considered the most successful captain in Indian cricket. Under his leadership, the men in blue have won two World Cups in limited overs cricket– 2007 World T20 and 2011 50-over World Cup. He also led India to the No. 1 position in the ICC Test Rankings in December 2009.
The 36-year-old 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.
As a wicket keeper, Dhoni has held 584 catches across all three 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. If he is conferred with Padma Bhushan, he will become the 11th Indian cricketer to get the third highest civilian honour.