MS Dhoni, who considered to be one of the best captains in the history of cricket, has nominated for the prestigious Padma Bhushan award by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday.
A senior BCCI official confirmed that the cricket governing body of India has only sent Dhoni’s name for the Padma awards this year. “Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been nominated by the BCCI for the Padma Bhushan award. There was no doubt among the members that Dhoni has impeccable credentials. Two World titles (2011 50-over World Cup and 2007 World T20), nearly 10,000 runs, 90 Test matches. There is no one better than him, who could have nominated,” a senior BCCI official told PTI.
After stepping down from the post of captaincy, Dhoni has been in tremendous form. The right-handed batsman, who had retired from the Test cricket in 2015, has played 14 ODI innings ever since passing on the responsibility to Virat Kohli and has scored 627 runs at an average of 89.57 and strike rate of 85.65.
This year continues to be a memorable year for the cricketer, not only with the bat but with the gloves too. As the 36-year old became the first wicketkeeper to effect 100 stumpings. He also became sixth Indian batsman to feature in 300 ODIs, joining the likes of Mohammad Azharuddin, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and Yuvraj Singh.