India news January 25, 2013

Dravid to be honoured with Padma Bhushan

ESPNcricinfo staff
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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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  • challagalla on January 26, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    Finally an award given to a truly selfless, dedicated sportsman who always placed the interests of the team first. I cannot think of anyone who deserves it more. A well deserved recognition by a very greateful nation to a true gentleman of the game.

  • Raghu1948 on January 26, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    In my opinion Dravid is the best cricketer India has produced . His contribution to Indian cricket is immense .He started on a glorious note in England ,played innumerable innings of character . He never chickened out like many others when the pitch conditions did not suit them. He also led India from the front and played many match winning knocks when it mattered. His retirement and relinquishing captaincy (after showing the world that he can succeed there too ) was timely. More than all this he is a perfect gentleman

    Raghuveer

  • veerakannadiga 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.

  • Raghu1948 on January 27, 2013, 5:20 GMT

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

  • anranga1 on January 26, 2013, 17:51 GMT

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

  • 777aditya 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.

  • Surajdon9 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...

  • class9ryan 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

  • JohnnyRook 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.

  • Alexk400 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.

  • challagalla on January 26, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    Finally an award given to a truly selfless, dedicated sportsman who always placed the interests of the team first. I cannot think of anyone who deserves it more. A well deserved recognition by a very greateful nation to a true gentleman of the game.

  • Raghu1948 on January 26, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    In my opinion Dravid is the best cricketer India has produced . His contribution to Indian cricket is immense .He started on a glorious note in England ,played innumerable innings of character . He never chickened out like many others when the pitch conditions did not suit them. He also led India from the front and played many match winning knocks when it mattered. His retirement and relinquishing captaincy (after showing the world that he can succeed there too ) was timely. More than all this he is a perfect gentleman

    Raghuveer

  • veerakannadiga 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.

  • Raghu1948 on January 27, 2013, 5:20 GMT

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

  • anranga1 on January 26, 2013, 17:51 GMT

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

  • 777aditya 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.

  • Surajdon9 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...

  • class9ryan 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

  • JohnnyRook 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.

  • Alexk400 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.

  • on January 26, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    A truly wonderful cricketer and a wonderful human being. I was in West Indies when Bangladesh defeated India, and many of the supporters were being very rude to Dravid. But he stayed calm and was wonderfully gentlemanly. You don't get players like Dravid anymore both in terms of cricketing skills and in terms of humaneness. My favorite cricketer only along with Brian Lara. My respect and love to a great legend---- from Bangladesh.

  • on January 26, 2013, 4:52 GMT

    Congratulations !!! Well deserved, I am a Fan of Dravid, a great Cricketer and the Wall !!!

  • Biophysicist on January 26, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    Hearty CONGRATULATIONS Rahul !!! This is a recognition that should have come earlier. Best regards.

  • henchart on January 26, 2013, 3:53 GMT

    Is this award sort of similar to OBE or knighthood?

  • Narbavi on January 26, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    Actually deserves the Bharat Ratna

  • Manu_reddy on January 26, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    Congragulation dravid bayya..well done...its an honour for your love towards game...a true legend of world cricket...miss u in field sir..

  • Manu_reddy on January 26, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    Congragulation dravid bayya..well done...its an honour for your love towards game...a true legend of world cricket...miss u in field sir..

  • N.Sundararajan on January 26, 2013, 3:28 GMT

    Fully deserved honour---in fact he deserves the Padma Vibhushan as much as Sachin did--- Dravid's sacrifices and humility have been much greater than Sachin's ! But the Govt of India has done the right thing in honouring him at the right time ! Rahul, continue to contribute to the game in various capacities---hopefully you will be ICC President soon--notwithstanding the politics in such positions !

  • on January 26, 2013, 3:03 GMT

    Really very glad that jammy is recognized for his wonderful service to indian cricket :-)

  • Dr.DeepakPatil on January 26, 2013, 2:34 GMT

    Congratulations Rahul on a very well deserved recognition. It is a shame on the nation that you missed out on Khel Ratna.

  • kasyapm on January 26, 2013, 2:08 GMT

    No one more deserving than 'the Wall'. Waiting for some 'victories' outside the cricket field. You are our pride!

  • Rajasekar_P on January 26, 2013, 1:38 GMT

    Dravid deserved it for carrying the pressure of Indian cricket in his career spanning 15 year. Please post it

  • fr600 on January 26, 2013, 1:09 GMT

    Best player India ever produced and a gentleman too.

  • ThatsJustCricket on January 26, 2013, 0:32 GMT

    Not only a great cricketer, a great man and a humble person. A truely deserving candidate.

  • NikhilNair on January 25, 2013, 22:37 GMT

    Great! Dravid totally deserves it! Congratulations!

  • Brambletonian on January 25, 2013, 22:21 GMT

    Congratulations Dravid....You deserve a lot more than this ..

  • PPD123 on January 25, 2013, 22:19 GMT

    Awesome player... Deserving recognistion...True lengend of the game...

  • murad357 on January 25, 2013, 21:17 GMT

    Congratulations Dravid. Well Deserve Award...

  • QingdaoXI on January 25, 2013, 21:03 GMT

    Congratulations Rahul Dravid, i hope soon you get Padma Vibhushan too.

  • CricIndia208 on January 25, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    Congratulations dravid. Well done

  • gsingh7 on January 25, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    well done dravid , pride of nation

  • SagirParkar on January 25, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    a very warm and hearty congratulations to The Wall !!!! live long and prosper Rahul.. we are proud of you !

  • agam99 on January 25, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    Very well deserved Jammy :)

  • agam99 on January 25, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    Very well deserved Jammy :)

  • SagirParkar on January 25, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    a very warm and hearty congratulations to The Wall !!!! live long and prosper Rahul.. we are proud of you !

  • gsingh7 on January 25, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    well done dravid , pride of nation

  • CricIndia208 on January 25, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    Congratulations dravid. Well done

  • QingdaoXI on January 25, 2013, 21:03 GMT

    Congratulations Rahul Dravid, i hope soon you get Padma Vibhushan too.

  • murad357 on January 25, 2013, 21:17 GMT

    Congratulations Dravid. Well Deserve Award...

  • PPD123 on January 25, 2013, 22:19 GMT

    Awesome player... Deserving recognistion...True lengend of the game...

  • Brambletonian on January 25, 2013, 22:21 GMT

    Congratulations Dravid....You deserve a lot more than this ..

  • NikhilNair on January 25, 2013, 22:37 GMT

    Great! Dravid totally deserves it! Congratulations!

  • ThatsJustCricket on January 26, 2013, 0:32 GMT

    Not only a great cricketer, a great man and a humble person. A truely deserving candidate.