Adding another feather in his cap, Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli today received Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in the country. The skipper was presented the honour by President Pranab Mukherjee, at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in Delhi, today. Kohli was among the eight sportspersons from across the country, who were picked for the prestigious award. Others from the sports arena were, hockey captain PR Sreejesh, Rio Olympics heroes wrestler Sakshi Malik, gymnast Dipa Karmakar, Paralympian Mariyappan Thangavelu and Deepa Malik, discus thrower Vikas Gowda and blind cricket team captain Shekhar Naik.
Including the eight sportspersons, there were 89 other Padma Awardees, the names of whom were announced during the Republic Day, earlier this year. Former BCCI president and the National Congress Party president Sharad Pawar was bestowed the Padma Vibhushan award and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Member of Parliament (MP) Murli Manohar Joshi also received the country’s second highest civilian award.
Indian cricket icon Virat Kohli had an amazing year in cricket while apart from scriong tons from his bat, the skipper took Team India to No 1 test ranking after he took over captaincy from Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Days back, as the Home Ministry made public the names of the 89 personalities selescted for the prestigious awards during the Republic Day, names of spiritual leader Ram Rahim Singh, former cricket captain M S Dhoni, tabla maestro Zakir Hussain and several others were rejected by the government this year. Also Rajya Sabha MP Jaya Bachchan, filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra, actor Manoj Bajpayee, late air hostess Neerja Bhanot, who was killed during a hijack in 1986 were recommended by not considered for the final list.