On this Republic Day-2018, Former Indian cricket team captain MS Dhoni and multiple world champion cueist Pankaj Advani were conferred with the country’s third-highest civilian award, Padma Bhushan.
Along with, Saikhom Mirabai Chanu, 2017 World Weightlifting Champion in the 48kg category, and former Asian Games gold medalist tennis player Somdev Devvarman were conferred with the Padma Shri award.
Ace men’s singles shuttler Kidambi Srikanth and India’s first Paralympic gold medalist, Murlikant Petkar also wins Padma Shri Award.
About Achievement of These Players –
MS Dhoni –
MS Dhoni has been the winner of many awards
- ICC ODI Player of the Year award in 2008 and 2009 (the first player to win the award twice)
- Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 2007
- Awarded with India’s fourth highest civilian Award, Padma Shri in 2009.
Ms Dhoni is considered as the country’s most successful cricket captain, Dhoni led India to two World Cup triumphs in the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 held in South Africa in September 2007 and the 2011 ICC ODI World Cup. India also won ICC Champions Trophy under him. It was under his captaincy that India climbed to No. 1 in the ICC Test Rankings in December 2009.
Murlikant Petkar –
Petkar won an individual “gold medal” in the 1972 Summer Paralympics, in Heidelberg, Germany and set a world record in the 50 m freestyle swimming event, at 37.33 seconds.
In the same games, he participated in javelin, precision javelin throw and slalom. He was a finalist in all three events.
Pankaj Advani –
Pankaj Advani is multiple world-champion. He has won gold twice in Asian Games in 2006 Doha and 2010 Guangzhou.
Kidambi Srikkanth –
Currently ranked third in the BWF rankings, Srikkanth (24) is looked upon as a future Olympic champion shuttler. He won six titles including four Super Series titles. He won the French Open, Denmark Open, Australian Open, Indonesia Open, India Open and China Open.
A product of Pullela Gopichand badminton academy in Hyderabad, Srikkanth also finished runners-up in last year’s Singapore Open.
Mirabai Chanu –
last year, in 2017 World Weightlifting Championships she lifted a world record of 194kg in total (85 kg snatch and 109 kg clean & jerk) to win the gold in the held at Anaheim, CA, United States.
She also wins a silver medal in the women’s 48kg weight class at the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Glasgow.