Dhoni Nominated for Padma Bhushan
September 20th, 2017
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has nominated former captain of the Indian Cricket Team for the highly revered Padma Bhushan award. This nomination gets MS Dhoni to be a part of the club comprising of the greatest former cricketers such as Cottari Nayudu, Vinoo Mankand, Sunil Gavaskar, Raja Bhalendra Singh, Dinkar Balwant Deodhar, Kapil Dev, Chandu Borde and Rahul Dravid.
After stepping down from the post of captaincy, Dhoni has been in tremendous form with the bat. 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 one for the cricketer, not only with the bat but with the gloves too. The 36-year old became the first wicketkeeper to effect of 100 stumpings and 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.
With runs under his belt, Dhoni is certain for 2019 World Cup and Michael Clarke even felt that he sees Dhoni in 2023 World Cup.
Source: Times Of India