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BCCI congratulates Virat Kohli, Smriti Mandhana for bagging national awards

Virat Kohli and Smriti Mandhana were honoured with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and Arjuna award respectively in New Delhi on Tuesday.

cricket Updated: Sep 26, 2018 10:44 IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Virat Kohli,Smriti Mandhana,Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna
Virat Kohli received the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award on Tuesday.(PTI)

The BCCI on Tuesday congratulated Virat Kohli and Smriti Mandhana for being honoured with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and Arjuna award respectively.

They were bestowed with the award in a ceremony at the Rashrapati Bhavan.

“We are extremely proud that Virat Kohli and Smriti Mandhana are being conferred with top honours by the Government of India. Virat is just the third Indian cricketer to receive the prestigious Khel Ratna award. This is a testimony to his work ethic, dedication and unwavering focus,” said COA chairman Vinod Rai in a BCCI statement.

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“He has led India with distinction and at the same time, set new records with the bat. Playing different formats of the game, Virat has shown amazing consistency leading the side by example. This Indian team is one of the fittest sides in world cricket and a lot of credit must go to the Indian captain for bringing about this transformation,” he added.

Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli was conferred with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award by President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Tuesday.

Kohli became the third Indian cricketer, after Sachin tendulkar (1997) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (2007), to recieve the prestigious award.

First Published: Sep 25, 2018 23:02 IST