Indian cricket skipper Virat Kohli, Paralympian Deepa Malik and hockey captain P.R. Sreejesh were honoured with the Padma Shri by President Pranab Mukherjee at a civil investiture ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Kohli has had a phenomenal year in cricket where he’s scored with the bat and to top it all off, led the side to unprecedented success. He led the Indian team to the No. 1 Test ranking after taking over the reins from Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Kohli has been in outstanding form over the last year, scoring runs across all formats. He smashed 1215 runs in Test cricket in 2016 and became the first man to slam double hundreds in four successive series.
The 28-year-old run machine has also enjoyed a superb run as India captain, winning all four Test series this home season.
What an absolute honor and a memorable day to receive the Padma Shri award from the President of India. God's been kind. ???
Jai Hind ?? pic.twitter.com/zh3EUkrTFl
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) March 30, 2017
Also, the Indian skipper led the Test team with great aplomb, winning all four series against New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia.
Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli was among the eight sportspersons who were picked for the prestigious Padma Shri alongside hockey captain PR Sreejesh, Rio Olympics heroes wrestler Sakshi Malik, gymnast Dipa Karmakar, Paralympian Mariyappan Thangavelu and Deepa Malik, discus thrower Vikas Gowda and blind cricket team captain Shekhar Naik.
“It’s a huge honour for me to win the Padma Shri award, the fourth highest civilian award in this country. It’s not just related to sports but it’s an appreciation shown by the whole country. It gives me huge pleasure to receive this award,” Kohli had told bcci.
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