Former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni received Padma Bhushan award from President Ram Nath Kovind on April 2nd. M. S. Dhoni is the second Indian cricketer after Kapil Dev to receive the honor of Padma Bhushan Award.
37-year-old Dhoni was conversed the symbolic rank of Lieutenant Colonel by the Indian Territorial Army in November 2011, months after he commanded his team to bring home its second World Cup. When his name was announced, Mr. Dhoni, dressed in the Army uniform, walked like a soldier to receive the award.
As his name was announced, Dhoni paraded past the personages present at the Rashtrapati Bhavan before receiving the honor from President Ram Nath Kovind. A lot like his batting in his primes, Dhoni looked pretty much at ease as he walked towards the podium wearing the army uniform. Also conferred with the Padma Bhushan was multiple world title holder cueist Pankaj Advani.
On this day very 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 inheritor 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.