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Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI) has nominated Rohit Sharma for the highest sporting honour- the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. He will become the fourth cricketer to receive the award.
The legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, former Indian captain MS Dhoni and the current Indian skipper Virat Kohli are the other three cricketers who have won the prestigious award. The players exceptional in their sports field are honoured with this award. So, no doubt Rohit, for his commendable job in past years, deserves to be in this elite list.
But some cricketers should have been conferred with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award but haven’t made in the list.
So, here we have listed three cricketers who deserved to win the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award:
Sourav Ganguly is denoted as the revolutionary of the Indian cricket. Cricket Pundits credits him to convert Team India to a tough side when the allegations of match-fixing surrounded it.
In 2000, Sachin Tendulkar resigned from the post after India lost consecutive series. Then, the responsibility was given to Ganguly, who build a strong team that registered victory in foreign lands and became dominant at home.
Not only as a leader but also as a player, he enjoyed immense success. His aggressive approach against the opposition made him different than other players. Although he had a break in his career, he made a strong comeback, proving everybody wrong who pointed out fingers on him.
The southpaw has represented Team India in 311 ODIs and 113 Tests. He has scored over 11,000 runs in 50 over format, including 22 centuries. Ganguly was conferred with the prestigious Arjuna Award in 1997 and Padma Shri in 2004. Well, for his excellence, he should have also been awarded the Rajiv Khel Ratna Award.