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All Indian Cricketers who have won the Padma Bhushan Award !

Padma Bhushan

M. S. Dhoni, the former Indian Cptain, was confered the Padma Bhushan award by the Indian President Shri Ram Nath Kovind ji on Monday, April 2nd 2018.

Quite interestingly, its the same date when M. S Dhoni lifted the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, held in India.

Padma Bhushan, if you don't know, is the third highest civillian honor. The first 2 are Bharat Ratna and Padma Vibhushan.
The award is conferred for "distinguished service of a high order...without distinction of race, occupation, position or sex." The criteria include "service in any field including service rendered by Government servants" but exclude those working with the public sector undertakings, with the exception of doctors and scientists

M.S. Dhoni has already won many other awards like Padma Shri, Khel Ratna etc and now he has won the third highest civillian honor as well.

No doubt he deserves all the awards and accolades as his journey has been quite an inspirational one.

But he is not the first or the only cricketer to be confered the Padma Bhushan.

In fact, he is the 11th cricketer to receive the Padma Bhushan.
Lets see Who all have won this prestigous award till now.

Cricketers winning Padma Bhushan 

  • Colonel C.K. Naidu
He was the first cricketer to be confered the padma bhushan, in 1956. He was also the first captain of the Indian test team

  • Vijay Ananda
He was a cricketer, cricket administrator and Politician. He was awarded the padma bhushan in 1958.

  • Vinoo Mankad
He was an all rounder of his time. He was honoured the Padma Bhushan in 1973. He had been the captain of the Indian cricket team in 6 test matches.

  • Sunil Gavaskar
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We all know him don't we. He was the first cricketer to score 10,000 runs in test cricket. He was honoured with the Padma Bhushan in 1980.

  • Raja Bhalindra Singh
He was honoured with padma bhushan in 1983.

  • Lala Amarnath
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Lala Amarnath was Independent India's first test captain. He was confered with Padma Bhushan in 1991. He was also the first Indian player who scored a century in test matches.

  • D.B. Deodhar
He is also known as the grand old man of Indian Cricket. He was also honoured with the Padma Bhushan in 1991.

  • Kapil Dev
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No one can forget Kapil Dev. he was the captain of the first world cup winning team. He is also one of the greatest all rounders of all time. He was confered with Padma Bhushan in 1991.

  • Chandu Borde
He was awarded this award in 2002.

  • Rahul Dravid
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Popularly known as 'The Wall', this famous cricketer and former Indian Captain was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2013. Currently he is the coach of the Under-19 cricket team of India.

  • M.S. Dhoni
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And finally of course, the former Indian Captain and current wicketkeeper who received this award in 2018. He is one of India's most successful captains.

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