MS Dhoni, Pankaj Advani Among Padma Awardees At Rashtrapati Bhavan

Cricketer MS Dhoni dressed in his Army uniform for the ceremony.

New Delhi:  Former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and billiards champion Pankaj Advani today received Padma Bhushan awards from President Ram Nath Kovind. Weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu and former Asian Games gold medallist tennis player Somdev Devvarman were honoured with the Padma Shri award at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh — who had last night hosted a dinner for the 41 awardees who were honoured today — and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan were also present at the ceremony. 

37-year-old Dhoni was conferred the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel by the Indian Territorial Army in November 2011, months after he led his team to bring home its second World Cup. When his name was announced, Mr Dhoni, dressed in the Army uniform, walked like a soldier to receive the award.

Mr Dhoni has won several awards, including the ICC ODI Player of the Year award in 2008 and 2009 (the first player to win the award twice), the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 2007 and the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honour in 2009.

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MS Dhoni and cueist Pankaj Advani celebrated their win with a hug.

Besides Mr Dhoni, folk artiste Sharda Sinha and contemporary Indian artist Laxman Pai were also honoured with the Padma Bhushan.

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