New Delhi, April 2: Former Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and star cueist Pankaj Advani on Monday received the coveted Padma Bhushan award from President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in the national capital.
Incidentally, Dhoni received the country’s third highest civilian award on the same day (April 2) he led Team India to the World Cup glory at Wankhede Stadium way back in 2011, ending the country’s 28-year-old wait for the title. Dhoni, who holds the rank of Honorary Lieutenant Colonel, is the second Indian cricketer after Kapil Dev to be conferred with this coveted award.
Advani, on the other hand, is also considered as the best snooker player to have ever come out of the country. The cueist, who recently claimed the IBSF World Snooker Championship- his 18th world title, has bagged a total of 19 titles, including winning gold twice at the Asian Games in 2006 and 2010.
On Sunday night , Home Minister Rajnath Singh had hosted a dinner for 41 prominent people, who were honoured with Padma awards today. The first lot of 43 awardees of the Padma awards 2018 were honoured at a special function held on March 20.
(With inputs from ANI)