It has been confirmed that India’s off-spinner and world number 1 All-Rounder R Ashwin will receive the Arjuna Award during the 67th Independence Day celebrations. While the nation is split based on people’s opinion on the decision to give Ashwin the Award Award, BCCI has recommended the names of Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his deputy Virat Kohli for Padma Bhushan and Padmashree awards respectively.

Indian women’s team captain Mithali Raj too has been nominated for Padmashree by the BCCI. 

This should be a good news for Dhoni whose men are having a tough time in England especially Virat Kohli who is struggling with his form throughout the series. This should be a source of motivation for Kohli whose performances in the last few years is second to nothing. The 25 year old aggressive batsmen has scored over 50 ODI runs in 134 matches and he deserves the fourth highest Civilian honour. 

Sources from BCCI said that the board felt that Dhoni is the perfect choice for the third highest civilian award. In 2013, India won the ICC Champions Trophy under his captaincy and he is the only Indian captain to win a Cricket World Cup, Champions Trophy and a World Twenty20. Dhoni was already given Padmashree award in 2009. 

Mithali Raj was nominated for the award for her consistent performances throughout her career. The awardees will be announced on Republic day (January 2015) and will be honoured in March 2015.

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