Indian Cricketer MS Dhoni receives country’s third highest civilian award, Padma Bhushan, from President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday.
Dhoni, who was conferred with the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel by the Indian territorial Army in 2011, marched to the dais in his Army uniform to receive Padma Bhushan amid a huge round of applause from the audience.
Coincidentally, he received the honour on the same day when he led India to on the same day when he guided India to its second ICC World Cup triumph exactly seven years ago.
The 37-year-old Dhoni is the second Indian cricketer after Kapil Dev to receive this honour.
Besides Dhoni, Popular actor Manoj Joshi, was also conferred with the fourth highest civilian honour, Padma Shri.
Cueist Pankaj Advani was also honoured with Padma Bhushan award. Just like Dhoni, Advani also has a distinguished career, having won gold twice in Asian Games in 2006 Doha and 2010 Guangzhou. He is also a multiple world-champion.
The ceremony was held at the Durbar Hall of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan were among several dignitaries present at the function.
People from different walks of life were awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award, during the ceremony.