Lieutenant Colonel MS Dhoni receives the Padma Bhushan from President Ram Nath Kovind

Former India cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was conferred with the country’s third highest civilian award, Padma Bhushan, from the President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Monday. Captain Dhoni’s wife, Sakshi was gleaming with pride as the cricketer was awarded the honor.

A legend in his game, Dhoni has been a recipient of all other prestigious awards including the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 2007 and the Padma Shri, India’s fourth higher civilian honour in 2009. He is the only cricket player after Kapil Dev to receive the Padma Bhushan.

Incidentally, it was the same day 7 years ago when the Indian cricket team lifted the World Cup trophy after 28 years under the leadership of Dhoni in Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.

Mahi marched as an army personnel in a uniform when his name was called upon. He was conferred the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel on November 1, 2011 by the Indian Territorial Army. It definitely left the audience with jitters and pride.

Truly a memorable moment for Dhoni and his family, heartiest congratulations to them.

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