India news July 7, 2012

Dravid nominated for Khel Ratna

ESPNcricinfo staff

Rahul Dravid has been recommended by the BCCI for this year's Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, India's highest honour in sports. The board has also decided to nominate allrounder Yuvraj Singh for the Arjuna award, an honour given by the Indian government to recognise achievements in sports.

"We will be forwarding the names of Rahul Dravid for Khel Ratna Award and Yuvraj Singh for the Arjuna Award next week (to the government)," BCCI's chief administrative officer Ratnakar Shetty said.

Dravid could become only the third cricketer to win the Khel Ratna after Sachin Tendulkar (1997-98) and MS Dhoni (2007-08). Dravid, who ended a 16-year international career earlier this year, has already won the Arjuna Award in the year 1998. He is the third-highest run-getter in Test history, with 13,288 runs.

Yuvraj's nomination for the Arjuna Award has come as a recognition for his starring role during India's successful campaign in the World Cup last year. Yuvraj, who is recovering from a rare germ-cell cancer for the last six months, scored 362 runs and took 15 wickets to be the Man of the Tournament.

"It's an honour that BCCI has nominated my name for the Arjuna Award," Yuvraj said. "This is the second time that my name has been nominated and I hope that I am lucky enough to get it."

The BCCI's recommendations came after the government extended the deadline for the nominations to July 20. Earlier, the board had said that they had not received any intimation about the deadline.

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  • Ashok on July 10, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    It is amazing to see how political this nomination system & BCCI is !. A guy who is third in the World(all time) for the total runs scored in Tests (of over 13000 @ an average of 52) has to wait till he is retired to be honoured. At the same time Dhoni wh has scored just over 3000 runs(to date) in Tests at an average of 37 gets the same honour while he is still playing, 5 years ago! There are a whole host of super stars far superior to Dhoni (Present & Past) who have been ignored - e.g., V.Sehwag, S. Ganguly, A. Kumble, Kapil Dev, S. Gavaskar. I wonder if there are any guidelines for such nomination or just "gut feeling & politics". I would say Gavaskar & Kapil Dev are legends & icons of Indian cricket of their generation. Let there be a voting process by the fans (70% of marks) + 30% for BCCI, for such awards. It will make the process less political. Dhoni ahead of all these "cricket greats" makes a mockery of "Khel Ratna" the highest Indian sporting award!

  • Dummy4 on July 9, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    MS Dhoni getting before The Wall is ridiculous. They are more great cricketers like Kapil, where does he stand.

  • yogi on July 9, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    Kudos Dravid. You are the best. You have already won million hearts, this is just one more award, which we are sure you will win. with lotsa Love from your home town.Jai Rahul ,Jai Karnataka.

  • Praveen on July 9, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    @Kiran Kumar....Yes, rightly said. There are Double standards shown by BCCI and all know spat between Kapil and BCCI. Kapil just for being chairman of iCL( a rebel league of IPL) is not given pension which many former cricketer got. It is simple" Be good with BCCI or pay the price".

  • Dummy4 on July 9, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    Congrats DRAVID. Dhoni got the award 5 years ago! It is shame on BCCI for nor recommending the names of Kumble & Dravid when they were at peak. Atleast, now people should recognise the worth of Dravid.

  • Srisha on July 9, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    Completely agree with CricOr. Kapil should have been the first to be recognized from the cricketing fraternity. Followed by Kumble, Dravid & Tendulkar. But who can fill sense into BCCI's actions? Also, have they bestowed this award on V.Anand, posthumously on Dhyan Chand & Baichung? If not, hold it...there are other sports where individuals put in greater efforts without any support from the system. Cricketers can certainly wait. As for Dhoni already in the roll of honour, its a shame!

  • karthik on July 9, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    as always most comments are about MSD not deserving the award rather than appreciating dravid .. worst

  • Good on July 9, 2012, 3:06 GMT

    Congragulation Dravid. Long deserved award. The award should have been in given in this order in recent cricket history Kapil Dev, Dravid, Kumble, Tendulkar. Dhoni deserved it only after matching performance equal or above these players achievement. Dhoni got it 5 yrs back did he. That is cheap.

  • Dummy4 on July 8, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    What has Dhoni done to get a Khel Ratna award so early which Rahul, Anil Kumble, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman have not done. IF GETTING THE WORLD CUP FOR INDIA WAS THE REASON THEY WHY ON EARTH IS KAPIL IGNORED HE WAS THE ONE WHO GOT US THE CUP FIRST... BCCI PLEASE STOP THESE DOUBLE STANDARDS...

  • Naresh on July 8, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    Lets not forget that the whole team did well to get India to ODI WC, T20 WC and test No 1. Although we are going downhill to due to aged players. Dravid, Shewag, Gambhir, Tendulkar,Ganguly, Khan, Harbajan, Kumble, Dhoni, Yuvi and Laxman - these players all excelled.

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