India news January 25, 2013

Dravid to be honoured with Padma Bhushan

ESPNcricinfo staff

Rahul Dravid, the former India batsman, has been listed, among 24 others, for the Padma Bhushan award, India's third highest civilian honour. Now a television analyst, commentator and columnist for ESPNcricinfo, Dravid announced his retirement from international cricket last year, having scored 13,288 runs in Tests and 10,889 runs in ODIs during a 15-year career.

He is the only cricketer in the list of Padma Bhushan awardees. Indian boxer Mary Kom being the other sportsperson to be short-listed for the honour.

Dravid, who shouldered a large portion of India's batting burden during their period of strength at home and abroad in the past decade, was nominated for the Khel Ratna, India's highest honour in sports, six months ago. He won the Arjuna Award in 1998 and was given the Padma Shri in 2004.

He joins nine other cricketers, including Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar Vinoo Mankad and Lala Amarnath, to have had received the Padma Bhushan. Sachin Tendulkar is the only cricketer to have be awarded with the Padma Vibhushan, India's second highest civilian honour.

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  • yogi on January 28, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    When such awards are bestowed upon people like Rahul Dravid, one starts believing in these awards. It is one of the very few occasions when it is awarded to the right person.The most selfless cricketer India has seen in recent times. Congrats RD. Looking forward to BHARAT RATNA next.God Bless Us ALL. from a loyal Dravid fan.

  • Raghuveer on January 27, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    Congrats , the best cricketer India has ever produced. I totally agree with Farabi Rahman Raghuveer Bangalore

  • Ranga on January 26, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    The best from India ever. He deserved the Padma Vibhushan.

  • Aditya on January 26, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    Along with Kumble, Sachin, and Ganguly, he is easily the most respected Indian cricketer of his generation. He is like Ray Romano from "Everybody loves Raymond." One of the few cricketers ever to be equally loved by both his own team and opposition. He deserves every bit of all the awards to ever come his way! Hope both his sons choose to be a cricketer like their dad.

  • Suraj on January 26, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    Your deserves Bharat Ratna.One and only indian cricket whom I love, Support, Cheer and Pray for his single run..You are example of true team cricketer Hats of Dravid..U r missed on Field...

  • $$ milind on January 26, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    The man whose 154 was overshadowed by Ganguly's 183.... The man whose 180 was not given that respect as that 2 Laxman's 281 ... The man who started keeping just 2 add a batsman more in ODI under Sourav .... I am just delighted 2 c him receive such a award and may his future bring lot of happinness 2 him unlike his sacrificing career of cricket .... one of ur fans and well wishers of Team India

  • abhijeet on January 26, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    @ Alexk400. That is a very narrow view about leadership. Not everyone can inspire or motivate everybody. Cheteshwar Pujara will get more inspired by Dravid whereas Yuvraj and Kohli are more likely to be inspired by Ganguly. In my opinion Dravid can be a wonderful batting coach at grassroot levels. Also Dravid is a true leader who has always led by example. He has always been a General who will do everything he asks from his troops. Ganguly had different skills though. Despite his own bad fielding and fitness, fielding and fitness in Indian team improved drastically under his captaincy. That required different kind of leadership skill. So basically there are different ways to skin a cat. Its just about what clicks for whom.

  • Alex on January 26, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    He is greatest crickter ever. He should be equal to sachin in everything They should give him padma vibushen. But he is a dud as analyst , probably dud as a coach. I believe he has some good ideas but implementing or selling his ideas won't be easy. I think that was his problem with captaincy in that he could n't sell his plan to his teammates and made them buy into the concept. Dhoni has that intangibles but dhoni has zero captaincy skills but he has all the intangibles of a true leader.