A Date to Remember!
Hey, friends! Do you remember the date April 4, 2011?
Yes… this is the date when entire country flared up in celebration when Mahendra Singh Dhoni lighted up the Mumbai skyline by hitting the unforgettable six to win the cricket world cup for the 2nd time.
Exactly after 7 years, on the same lucky date, the honorary Lieutenant Colonel Dhoni again became the center of attraction and admiration of all eyes when he marched up in style to receive the Padma Bhushan Award, clad in an army uniform, from President Ram Nath Kovind.
It was a really a rare coincidence for the cricketer for being awarded the prestigious civilian honor on the seventh anniversary of his famous World Cup triumph.
Marchin’ in Style!
The 37-year-old Dhoni is 2nd only to former Indian Cricketer and legend Kapil Dev to receive such an honor. As his name was called, Dhoni, dressed in Territorial Army uniform, marched in style past the dignitaries present at the Rashtrapati Bhavan to receive the citation from President Ram Nath Kovind.
Dhoni got the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel from Indian Territorial Army on November 1, 2011, just months after the country won its second World Cup under his leadership.
When the Both Champs Hugged Each Other:
Star cueist Pankaj Advani, considered one of the best snooker players of the country ever to come out of the country also received the Padma Bhushan. Recently, Advani has won the IBSF World Snooker Championship – his 18th world title. He has already added a total of 19 titles to his kitty, in addition to winning gold twice at the Asian Games in 2006 and 2010. Cricketer M.S. Dhoni and Pankaj Advani hugged each other warmly during the Padma Awards felicitation as Dhoni’s wife Sakshi watching it happily.
Posing With Mr. Prime Minister:
Dhoni and his wife Sakshi also posed with Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the end of the ceremony. It’s a different thing is that many times in the past, PM Modi congratulated Dhoni for his captaincy and incredible knocks on Twitter. On the eve of 84th Padma Awards, three Padma Vibhushan, nine Padma Bhushan and 72 Padma Shri awards were given.
As Dhoni hugging the limelight in the entire ceremony, marching proudly, there were many who wanted to be framed with him. The picture shows the former Indian captain is flanked by billiards champ Pankaj Advani and folk singer Sharda Sinha to his left as the trio strike a pose for shutterbugs at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The Look of Pride:
Clad in a yellow saree, proud wife Sakshi Singh Dhoni appeared at the ceremony to watch her husband receive India’s third highest civilian honor.