Though MS Dhoni received many awards including Padma Shri and ICC ODI Player of the year award, he became the centre of attraction once again the same day he made the dream of India’s World Cup victory real by his massive six at the Wankhede stadium. The government of India offered honorary Lieutinant Colonel position to MS Dhoni after a few months India lifted their second ICC World Cup,in November 2011.
This is a sweet coincidence that Dhoni received the prestigious award of Padma Bhushan on the seventh anniversary of India’s World Cup victory in 2011.Dhoni is the second cricketer to receive this rare honorary rank after Kapil Dev.
On hearing his name announced, Dhoni marched in army uniform with an elegant ease as he entered the stage to receive an award in the play ground as a cricketer. He received the award along with Pankaj Advani, the cueist who won two gold medals in Asian games in 2006 and 2010.
On the same day, Dhoni made the 28-year old dream of the Indian team to lift the world cup real by his winning shot with 10 balls remaining at the Wankhede stadium. Dhoni received the award from the hands of President of India, Ramnath Kovind.
Dhoni was the first player to receive the ICC player of the year award twice in 2008 and 2009. He bagged the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 2007and Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India in 2009.