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    Dhoni to receive Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna

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    August 4, 2008


    Mahendra Singh Dhoni, India's one-day and Twenty20 captain, has been chosen for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, the country's highest honour for a sportsperson. He is the second cricketer after Sachin Tendulkar to receive the award. Dhoni led India to victory in the World Twenty20 in South Africa last year and the tri-series in Australia in 2008.

    "We are very happy. He has represented the country with distinction, and deserves the honour," Sharad Pawar, the BCCI president, said. "His exemplary leadership and demeanour under pressure, especially in the Twenty20 World Cup and the tri-series in Australia, has made him an ideal role model for millions of young Indians who want to make a mark in life."

    BCCI chief administrative officer Ratnakar Shetty said what impressed him most about Dhoni was the way he conducted himself. "What I like most about him, apart from his cricket, is the way he leads," Shetty said. "He is a cool customer and never gets agitated. He displays clarity of thought and speaks his mind even if it may not be seen in the right sense."

    An official announcement would follow after August 20.

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    MS Dhoni to be conferred Khel Ratna

    New Delhi: India's One-Day and Twenty20 cricket captain MS Dhoni will be awarded the country's highest sporting honour the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award.

    A committee chaired by former sprinter Milkha Singh on Monday met to discuss the nominees and they decided to confer the award on Dhoni for leading India to the Twenty20 World Cup triumph, which was followed by a tri-series victory in Australia.

    Sources in the Sports Ministry, however, informed that an official announcement would follow only after August 20.

    Dhoni becomes only the second cricketer after Sachin Tendulkar to be given the honour. Tendulkar won the award in 1997-98.

    There had been speculation that the BCCI hadn't sent Dhoni's form in time but that issue was resolved. But BCCI Chief Administrative Officer Ratnakar Shetty hailed the decision.

    "On two occasions, we felt let down when Rahul Dravid didn't get Khel Ratna and Yuvraj (Singh) was denied Arjuna. Dravid was in good form, we had won 16 ODIs on the trot and the team was on a high. But he did not get the award.

    "Yuvraj too was unlucky not to get Arjuna after two years of consistent performances. We are happy Dhoni got it," he told Times Now.

    Twenty-seven-year-old Dhoni took over as India's One-day captain after Rahul Dravid resigned in 2007.

    Shetty said what impressed him most about Dhoni was the way he conducted himself.

    "What I like most about Mahi, apart from his cricket, is the way he leads. He is a cool customer and never gets agitated. I'm also impressed by his clarity of thought. He speaks his mind even if it may not be seen in the right sense," he added.

    BCCI chief Sharad Pawar said Dhoni was a role model and deserved to win the prestigious award.

    "We are very happy. He has represented the country with distinction, and deserves the honour. His exemplary leadership and demeanour under pressure, especially in the ICC World Twenty20 and the tri-series in Australia, mark him out as the ideal role-model for millions of young Indians, who want to make a mark in life," said Pawar.

    Among other prominent sportspersons to have won the honour are Vishwanathan Anand (chess), Leander Paes (tennis), Geet Sethi (billiards), Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (shooting) and Dhanraj Pillay (hockey).

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    Only the second cricketer after the little master.......tells u something about the man's commitment to Indian Cricket! many congratulations MSD!

    Looking forward to watching MSD captain India and win the ODI series against Sri Lanka and the Champions trophy!
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    What is the Khel Ratna about ?
    When it was instituted I thought it was like a super-Arjuna award. i.e. the real cream with some lifetime achievement weight thrown in.
    As against flavour of the season.

    Sachin, Anand, Dhanraj Pillay, Geeth Sethi all seemed to validate this understanding.

    Rathore was more like flavour of the season.

    Now Dhoni confuses me
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    Honestly, In India none of the cricketer has performed well after Sachin [Sourav came close but not close enough!]. So saying, I wont accept that Dhoni is as good as Sachin but he looks to be an efficient, confident leader. His leadership in T20 is definitely noteworthy. He brought T20 world cup [World cup is world cup, who cares its 50 Overs or 20 Overs?] to India immediately after 50 overs world cup shame. He encouraged young talent and brought honors to the nation. Moreover he is young and this honor will motivate him. Dhoni deserves this award!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sanguine Sridhar
    Honestly, In India none of the cricketer has performed well after Sachin [Sourav came close but not close enough!]. So saying, I wont accept that Dhoni is as good as Sachin but he looks to be an efficient, confident leader. His leadership in T20 is definitely noteworthy. He brought T20 world cup [World cup is world cup, who cares its 50 Overs or 20 Overs?] to India immediately after 50 overs world cup shame. He encouraged young talent and brought honors to the nation. Moreover he is young and this honor will motivate him. Dhoni deserves this award!
    and also Dravid should have been given this award when he was at the peak of his career.... He was the cause for many overseas test victories for India after 2001!!!
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    kalyasi

    Though Dravid's current form and style of play leaves a lot to be desired and looks like he is past his prime, i had always thought Dravid had contributed immensely for team cause and he was mostly unsung hero. His style may not be attractive but technically immaculate and as good as text book of test batting.

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    You are right Kalyasi! I missed Dravid, how can I?

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    Dravid was nominated for 'khel ratna' by BCCI twice but he was not selected. I think in one of the years when he was nominated the award went to cueist Pankaj Advani

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