MS Dhoni receives Padma Bhushan, impresses all in army uniform
As MS Dhoni’s name was announced, the ex-Indian cricket team captain marched past the dignitaries present at the Rashtrapathi Bhavan before receiving Padma Bhushan award from President Ram Nath Kovind.cricket Updated: Apr 03, 2018 11:48 IST
Exactly seven years after lighting up the Mumbai skyline with an unforgettable six, MS Dhoni again became the cynosure of all eyes as the honorary Lieutenant Colonel received the Padma Bhushan Award, dressed in an army uniform.
It was a happy coincidence for Dhoni as he was conferred with the prestigious civilian honour on the seventh anniversary of their famous World Cup triumph.
The Indian Territorial Army had conferred the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel to Dhoni on November 1, 2011, months after the country lifted its second World Cup under his leadership.
The 37-year-old Dhoni is the second Indian cricketer after Kapil Dev to receive this honour.
As his name was announced, Dhoni marched past the dignitaries present at the Rashtrapati Bhavan before receiving the honour from President Ram Nath Kovind.
A lot like his batting in his heydays, Dhoni looked pretty much at ease as he walked towrds the dais wearing the army uniform.
Also conferred with the Padma Bhushan was multiple world title holder cueist Pankaj Advani.
On this day in 2011, India won the World Cup final against Sri Lanka.
With 10 balls to go at the Wankhede Stadium, the then-captain Dhoni ended India’s 28-year wait with a massive six.
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 honour in 2009.
It was absolutely wonderful to see the pride with which @msdhoni wore his Territorial army uniform while receiving the well deserved #PadmaBhushan today, exactly 7 years after we won the 2011 World Cup. Heartiest congratulations ! pic.twitter.com/ROdMdM7aQk— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) April 2, 2018
Like Dhoni, Advani also has a distinguished career, having won gold twice at the Asian Games in 2006 and 2010.
First Published: Apr 02, 2018 21:01 IST