Lt. Col. MS Dhoni
Things may not be going swimmingly for India captain MS Dhoni on the winless tour of England but that hasn’t stopped the awards from rolling in. The latest comes from no less than the President of India, who has made Dhoni an honorary lieutenant-colonel of the Territorial Army, a voluntary unit of the armed forces. Last month, he was made an honorary Doctor of Letters by the De Montfort University in the United Kingdom for his sporting achievements, and earlier this week he won the ICC Spirit of Cricket Award for his decision to recall Ian Bell after his controversial run-out during the Trent Bridge Test.
The citation says Dhoni and Abhinav Bindra, a gold medallist in shooting at the Beijing Olympics, were honoured “for their outstanding contribution in the field of cricket and shooting respectively, and their commitment to the Army on various occasions.” Dhoni joins the ranks of Kapil Dev and Sachin Tendulkar as honorary military officers. Now if only he can marshal his forces into a winning unit once again.
Akhila Ranganna is assistant editor (Audio) at ESPNcricinfo