Virat twitted, “It's a privilege to be awarded with Padmashree & to announce it on the 68th Republic Day made it even more special.
Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli has thanked the nation and his fans for supporting him.
He thanked the Nation for bestowing upon him the fourth highest civilian honour, Padma Shri, for his performances on the field. "It's a huge honour for me to win the Padma Shri award, the fourth highest civilian award in this country. It's not just related to sports but it's an appreciation shown by the whole country. It gives me huge pleasure to receive this award," he added.
In a message, recorded by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Kohli also mentioned that the announcement of the awards on the eve of India 68th Republic Day made it even more special.
But the joy was short-lived as India were beaten comprehensively by England in the first T20 International at Kanpur, which was the Kohli's first match incharge as India's captain in cricket's shortest format. Kohli opened the innings and scored 29 runs.