Former India captain was nominated by the BCCI for the Padma Bhushan award, the third highest civilian honor of the country. He was chosen by the selection panel and the award was presented to him by the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, today at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
MS Dhoni received the Padma Bhushan by the President of India at the investiture ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
The honor comes to MS Dhoni on the same day on which he led India to its second 50 over World Cup triumph in 2011. India defeated Sri Lanka in the finals at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
With this latest honour, Dhoni has becomes the 11th Indian cricketer to receive the Padma Bhushan award.
Dhoni has been the recipient of many awards, including the ICC ODI Player of the Year award in 2008 and 2009 (the first player to win the award twice), the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 2007 and the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honor in 2009.
In cricket, MS Dhoni is the only captain to win the ICC World T20 (2007), ICC 50 over World Cup (2011) and ICC Champions Trophy (2013). India climbed to No. 1 in the ICC Test Rankings in December 2009 under his captaincy.
The former India cricket team captain MS Dhoni received the Padma Bhushan, at the same time with 19-time World Champion snooker player Pankaj Advani.
What makes the occasion even more memorable is the fact that the veteran cricketer made the moment special by receiving the award in his Lieutenant Colonel avatar, wearing the uniform of Indian Army.
When his name was called at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, Dhoni walked up like an army personnel to receive the award from the President, Ram Nath Kovind. His wife Sakshi Dhoni was also present cheering her man.
Dhoni expressed his great pride on social media on receiving such an honor. MS Dhoni thanked the men and women in uniform for their service to this country. He subtly dedicated it to the forces of this country.
Sharing the pics he wrote, “An honour to get the Padma Bhushan and receiving it in Uniform increases the excitement ten folds.thanks to all the Men and Women in Uniform and their families for the Sacrifices they make so that all of us could enjoy our Constitutional Rights.Jai Hind.”
The Indian Territorial Army had conferred the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel to Dhoni on November 1, 2011, months after India won their second World Cup under his leadership.
The 37-year-old has always stated that he values his position in the army and doesn’t just treat it as one for the namesake. Whenever Dhoni has had substantial time in hand, he has either trained with his regiment or spent time with the jawans in other parts of the country.
He had in the past also stated that after retiring as a professional cricketer he would like to serve the Indian Army.
Dhoni had earlier received the Padma Shree in 2009.