The Government of India continued the nation’s trend of honouring distinguished personalities for their immense contribution to the society by awarding Padma awards. While there were 9 Padma Bhushan awardees in total, one of the names which is a favorite, and was quick to catch attention was former Indian cricket skipper, Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
MS Dhoni has received several honorary awards till now owing to his magnificent contribution and sacrifice for Indian cricket. but the Padma Bhushan is India’s third highest civilan award. He has previously won the ICC ODI Player of the Year award in 2008 and 2009 , and became the first cricketer to receive the coveted award twice. He also won the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 2007, and the Padma Shri (India’s fourth-highest civilian award) in 2009.
Inarguably one of India’s finest and most successful cricket captains, MS Dhoni gave the nation it’s dream, when he led the Indian cricket team to two World Cup victories, first one in the inaugural ICC World Twenty20, which was held in South Africa in 2007, and the 2011 ICC ODI World Cup.
Under Dhoni’s guidance, India also won thee ICC Champions Trophy. It was due to MS Dhoni’s impactful leadership, that the Indian team had climbed to the No. 1 rank in the ICC Test Rankings, in December of 2009.
Apart from MS Dhoni, World Champion cueist Pankaj Advani also received the Padma Bhushan, for his unparalleled contribution to Indian cue sports – billiards, snooker, etc. Pankaj Advani has also had a similarly diamond-studded career, as he has won gold medals twice – in Asian Games 2006 Doha and 2010 Guangzhou. Advani is also a multiple world-champion.
Some of the Padma Shri awardees include; 2017 World Weightlifting Champion in the 48kg category, Saikhom Mirabai Chanu, former Asian Games gold medallist in tennis Somdev Devvarman, star India shuttle Kidambi Srikanth, India’s first Paralympic gold medalist Murlikant Petkar, who had sweeped the 1972 Summer Paralympics in Germany.