Another feather in Indian skipper’s cap after, Virat Kohli Nominated For Khel Ratna award this year. Weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu and shuttler Kidambi Srikanth’s names have also been recommended for the same. The awards will be presented by President Ram Nath Kovind on the 25th of September at a glistening ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan to the recommended sportspersons Sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore endorses his vote to.
“Yes, Virat Kohli and Mirabai Chanu’s names have been recommended by the awards committee,” a top source told PTI on condition of anonymity.
Coming back to Virat Kohli nominated for Khel Ratna this year has been one of his finest on the personal front. The electric batsman has gone all to cement his place as the best batsman of today with consistently mind-blowing performances that have seen him dominate the test and ODI rankings for batsmen. After having ruled the roost on Asian pitches, Kohli showed his mettle on alien conditions as well in the recently concluded test series against England.
Hitting a mammoth 500+ runs in five test matches on pitches that even the home nation found tough to bat on, Kohli displayed his class and talent in full flow. His magical wristwork, awe-inducing timing, drives caressed like knife cuts through butter and magnanimous footwork saw him draw praise from all quarters of the cricketing fraternity. The batsman who is breaking records quicker than we can draw a breath is rapidly taking Indian cricket to new heights with his immense passion and will to succeed.
Kohli was nominated by the BCCI for the award and if selected by the Sports Ministry Of India he will become only the third ever cricket after Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni to win the highest possible award for a sports personality in the country.
The awards ceremony will also see athletes being awarded the coveted Arjuna award. Here is the full list of the Arjuna award recommended players with their disciple.
1 – Neeraj Chopra (Athletics)
2 – Jinson Johnson (Athletics)
3 – Hima Das (Athletics)
4 – N Sikki Reddy (Badminton)
5 – Satish Kumar (Boxing)
6 – Smriti Mandhana (Cricket)
7 – Shubhankar Sharma (Golf)
8 – Manpreet Singh (Hockey)
9 – Savita (Hockey)
10 – Ravi Rathore (Polo)
11 – Rahi Sarnobat (Shooting)
12 – Ankur Mittal (Shooting)
13 – Shreyasi Singh (Shooting)
14 – Manika Batra (Table Tennis)
15 – G Sathiyan (Table Tennis)
16 – Rohan Bopanna (Tennis)
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