BCCI recommends MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli for Padma awards

Last Updated: Aug 13, 2014, 11:06 AM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: At a time when Team India team is struggling and trailing 2-1 in the five-match Test series against England, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has recommended the names of Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and out-of-form Virat Kohli for Padma Bhushan and Padmashree, respectively.

The BCCI has made these recommendations to the Sports Ministry.

According to the media reports, the Indian women’s team captain Mithali Raj, has also been nominated for a Padmashree by the India cricket board.

Indian captain, Dhoni is already a Padmashree awardee, which he won in the year 2009.

Under the captaincy of Dhoni, Team India has won two limited over World Cups. In fact, last year, India beat England in the final of Champions Trophy to clinch the title. In limited over cricket under his leadership, India have won all major ICC tournaments.

As far as off-colour Virat Kohli is concerned, the highly aggressive batsman has performed outstandingly well for the country, in almost all formats of the game. The Delhi-lad is mere 25, and has already amassed 5634 runs in 134 ODIs, while emerging as India’s mainstay in the recent past.