Virat Kohli honoured with Padma Shri at Rashtrapati Bhavan

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India skipper Virat Kohli received the Padma Shri award on Thursday, at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. The fourth-highest civilian award in India was presented to Kohli by President Pranab Mukherjee.

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The Indian cricket team captain took to Facebook to share a heartfelt message on his social media platforms after receiving the award.

He wrote, “What an absolute honour and a memorable day to receive the Padma Shri award from the president of india. These days last for a lifetime. Gods been kind . Jai hind (sic)”

Virat was looking dapper in a grey suit as he received the honour. He was given the award for excellence in sports.

Eight sportspersons including Kohli were nominated for the prestigious Padma Shri. The other sportspersons are Rio Olympics heroes wrestler Sakshi Malik, gymnast Dipa Karmakar, Paralympian Mariyappan Thangavelu and Deepa Malik, hockey captain PR Sreejesh, discus thrower Vikas Gowda and blind cricket team captain Shekhar Naik.