MS Dhoni, Pankaj Advani Receive Padma Bhushan From President Kovind

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And April 2 is his lucky day. After losing the fourth wicket of Kohli, Dhoni had something else in mind as he made a decision to come up the order ahead of Yuvraj Singh. He wore his official uniform of the Territorial Army for the ceremony.

Rahul Dravid was the most recent cricketer to earn the award ahead of Dhoni having been honoured in 2013 and former India skipper Kapil Dev received the award in 1991. It was on the very same day way back in 2011 that Dhoni launched pacer Nuwan Kulasekara for a whacking six over the long-on to end India's 28-year-old wait and helped his team lift the coveted World Cup trophy in front of a jam-packed Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

Dressed in an Army uniform, Dhoni marched to the dais to receive Padma Bhushan from the president amid a huge round of applause from the audience.

On Sunday night, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh hosted a dinner and addressed the award recipients at an interactive session. 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.


Indian cricket legend Mahendra Dhoni on Monday receieved Padma Bhushan award from the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, at an investiture ceremony in Rashtrapathi Bhawan in New Delhi.

The function is attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu and his ministerial colleagues.

People from different walks of life were awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award, during the ceremony. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and MoS Home Kiren Rijiju will also be present.

Phillipines' Jose Ma Joey Concepcion was awarded the Padma Shri for his contribution in trade and industry.

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