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Dravid to be honoured with Padma Bhushan

ESPNcricinfo staff

January 25, 2013

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Rahul Dravid celebrates his 35th Test century, England v India, 4th Test, The Oval, 4th day, August 21, 2011
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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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Posted by 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.

Posted by Raghu1948 on (January 27, 2013, 5:20 GMT)

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

Posted by anranga1 on (January 26, 2013, 17:51 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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...

Posted by 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

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by   on (January 26, 2013, 4:52 GMT)

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

Posted by Biophysicist on (January 26, 2013, 4:33 GMT)

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

Posted by henchart on (January 26, 2013, 3:53 GMT)

Is this award sort of similar to OBE or knighthood?

Posted by Narbavi on (January 26, 2013, 3:51 GMT)

Actually deserves the Bharat Ratna

Posted by 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..

Posted by 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..

Posted by 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 !

Posted by   on (January 26, 2013, 3:03 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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!

Posted by 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

Posted by fr600 on (January 26, 2013, 1:09 GMT)

Best player India ever produced and a gentleman too.

Posted by ThatsJustCricket on (January 26, 2013, 0:32 GMT)

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

Posted by NikhilNair on (January 25, 2013, 22:37 GMT)

Great! Dravid totally deserves it! Congratulations!

Posted by Brambletonian on (January 25, 2013, 22:21 GMT)

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

Posted by PPD123 on (January 25, 2013, 22:19 GMT)

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

Posted by murad357 on (January 25, 2013, 21:17 GMT)

Congratulations Dravid. Well Deserve Award...

Posted by QingdaoXI on (January 25, 2013, 21:03 GMT)

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

Posted by CricIndia208 on (January 25, 2013, 19:22 GMT)

Congratulations dravid. Well done

Posted by gsingh7 on (January 25, 2013, 18:44 GMT)

well done dravid , pride of nation

Posted by 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 !

Posted by agam99 on (January 25, 2013, 17:57 GMT)

Very well deserved Jammy :)

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