The Board for Cricket Control in India (BCCI) has recommended Indian skipper Virat Kohli for country’s highest sporting honour Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, here on Thursday morning.
The development was confirmed by the BCCI.
Former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar’s name has been recommended for Dhyan Chand Award, which is India’s highest award for lifetime achievement in sports and games.
On Wednesday, the BCCI had recommended Indian cricketers Smriti Mandhana and Shikhar Dhawan for the Arjuna Award, in recognition of the exuberant performances.
If Kohli clinches the award this time, he would become the third cricketer to get the Khel Ratna after legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and country’s most successful captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Tendulkar received the award in 1997 while Dhoni bagged the same in 2007.