It’s A Huge Honour To Win The Padma Shri Award: Virat Kohli
India skipper Virat Kohli has expressed his delight after being named for the prestigious Padma Shri award on the eve of the 68th republic day.
Speaking before the first T20I against England in Kanpur, the Delhi star said it was a huge honour for him to receive the fourth highest civilian award of the country. Kohli, along with blind cricket team captain Shekhar Naik, are the only two cricketers in the list of 75 personalities who will be conferred with the prestigious award.
“It’s a huge honour for me to win the Padma Shri award, the fourth highest civilian award in this country. It’s not just related to sports but it’s an appreciation shown by the whole country. It gives me huge pleasure to receive this award,” Kohli said while speaking to bcci.tv.
“It’s something that I’m very grateful off, I got to know this yesterday. My family, my coach and all the people close to me are very happy about it. It is indeed a very proud moment for me,” he added.
The 28-year-old, who was bestowed with Arjuna Award in recognition of his achievements in international cricket in 2013, also said getting to know about the award on the eve of Republic Day made the moment even more special.
“It was I guess the perfect timing you know announcing a National award on Republic Day. I would like to wish everybody a very Happy Republic Day. I hope they enjoy the day and keep the patriotism alive in their hearts,” the batting star concluded.
Other sportspersons in the list of awardees are Rio Olympics bronze medallist Sakshi Malik, gymnast Dipa Karmakar, discus thrower Vikas Gowda and India’s hockey star PR Sreejesh. Para-athletes Deepa Malik and Mariyappan Thangavelu were also included in the list.
Meanwhile, Kohli’s memorable day was ruined by the English team as the visitors thrashed India by seven wickets in Kohli’s inaugural game as the T20 skipper of India. The next match of the series will be played on January 29.
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