India Skipper Virat Kohli received the Padma Shri Award at Rashtrapati Bhavan in March 30, 2017. The player was named for the prestigious award on the eve of Republic day in 2017. Indian President Pranab Mukherjee conferred him the award along with other winners. In 2017, the government announced total 89 awardees, of which eight are sportspersons. Padma Shri is the fourth-highest civilian award in India. Kohli said bcci.tv that it is a “huge honor” for him. Per the player, it is not just related to sports, but it is an appreciation shown by the whole country. He said it have him huge pleasure to receive the award.
Skipper Kohli has been through a phenomenal year of success. Being the captain of the test side, he led India to one of the longest stretches of test victories winning around eight series in a row so far. After being selected as the captain, the player induced new batsmen and changed the face of the team along with Anil Kumble, the coach. The team toppled every top cricket playing nations winning series at home as well as on international pitches. In ICC ranking, team India established itself as the crowned boss being on top of the list with high points.
28 years old Kohli aggregated a total of 1215 test runs in 2016. He also reached a milestone of becoming the first batsman to the knock double centuries in four consecutive series. His last double century was in the match against Bangladesh in Hyderabad. The ability to access difficult situations and make the correct move in time makes Kohli one of the best skippers in cricket. His well-known aggressive style of batting became a sensation in global cricket. The nexus of Kohli and Kumble emerged out as the best ensemble for team India to continue its stature as the top squad in global cricket.
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