India captain Virat Kohli was honoured with Padma Shri award on Thursday by President of India Pranab Mukherjee, at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Kohli’s name was announced for the Padma Shri on the eve of Republic Day 2017. Padma Shri is India’s fourth highest civilian honour, behind Padma Bhushan, Padma Bhushan and Bharat Ratna. However, Sachin Tendulkar is the only cricketer till date to be awarded India’s highest civilian honour –Bharat Ratna. Kohli, nonetheless, has been awarded Padma Shri for his outstanding contribution to Indian cricket. He recently led India to a 2-1 Test series win over Australia, as a result of which India were able to hold on to their No. 1 ranking in the longest format. READ: Virat Kohli clears air on ‘friendship’ comment over Australians
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Indian blind cricket team’s captain was also honoured with Padma Shri. Some of the other athletes to be given Padma Shri awards include Sakshi Malik, Vikas Gowda, Dipa Karmakar and Indian hockey captain PR Sreejesh. Kohli was also recently appointed India’s limited-overs captain. In his first assignment, he led India to T20I and ODI series wins over England. His next assignment will be to lead India in Champions Trophy 2007, which will commence from June 1 in England. READ: Brad Hodge apologises for his comments over Virat Kohli
Kohli also tweeted saying that it was a memorable day for him. “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,” the Indian skipper wrote. India, under Kohli, have been absolutely dominant in the home season. They beat New Zealand (3-0), England (4-0), Bangladesh (1-0) and finally Australia (2-1).