MS Dhoni, Pankaj Advani to be conferred Padma Bhushan
New delhi: As India celeberates the 69th Republic Day on Friday, the awards — Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri — will be given to eminent personalities from various fields. Former India skipper MS Dhoni and snooker player Pankaj Advani will receive Padma Bhushan.
Dhoni is the only captain to lift three ICC trophies. He first led the Indian team to World T20 triumph back in 2007 and then won the ICC World Cup 2011 at home. Dhoni then led the Men in Blue to a successful campaign in ICC Champions Trophy in 2013.
Under Dhoni's reign as captain, India won Test series in New Zealand, West Indies and the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 2008, 2010 and 2013. India also became the number one Test side for the first time back in 2009 under his captaincy.
After retiring from the longer format in 2014, Dhoni stepped down as the skipper of the Indian team in shorter formats last year and handed the baton to Virat Kohli.
He would now be a part of Virat Kohli-led Indian side that will face South Africa in limited overs format. India will play 6 ODIs and three T20Is against the Proteas.
Snooker and billiards player Pankaj Advani has bagged 18 World titles.
Advani is the only player ever to bag world titles in long and short formats of snooker (15-red standard, and 6-red).