NEW DELHI, Sept 20: The Indian cricket board has nominated Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the country�s third highest civilian award � the Padma Bhushan � for his contribution to the game.
A senior BCCI official confirmed that the Board has only sent one name for the Padma awards this year and it was an unanimous decision to nominate India�s most successful captain.
�Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been nominated by the BCCI for the Padma Bhushan award. It was an unanimous decision by the members. He has been one of the greatest names in contemporary cricket and the most appropriate choice of the Indian cricket board,� BCCI acting president CK Khanna told PTI today.
Dhoni�s credentials are impeccable and as the only Indian captain with two World titles (2011 50-over World Cup and 2007 World T20), the BCCI did not have to ponder over likely names.
�He is one of our greatest ODI cricketer with nearly 10,000 runs. Not many players have played 90 Test matches. There is no one better than him, who could have been nominated,� Khanna added. � PTI