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Virat Kohli Nominated for Khel Ratna alongside Weighlifter Mirabai Chanu

Virat Kohli. (PTI)






New Delhi: India cricket captain Virat Kohli and world champion weightlifter Mirabai Chanu had been Monday collectively really useful for this 12 months’s Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award – the nation’s highest sporting honour.The 29-year-old Kohli grew to become second-time fortunate after failing to get the choice committee’s nod in 2016, a supply within the awards choice committee stated.

Kohli at the moment leads the ICC Check rankings for batsmen and has been in phenomenal type. If authorised by Sports activities Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Kohli will develop into the third cricketer to get the Khel Ratna after the legendary Sachin Tendulkar (1997) and the double world cup-winning captain skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (2007).

Chanu was really useful for the distinguished award following her gold medal in 48kg class on the World Championships final 12 months. She additionally bagged the yellow metallic on this 12 months’s Commonwealth Video games however did not compete on the Asian Video games resulting from damage.

A supply within the committee additionally stated that shuttler Kidambi Srikanth’s identify was additionally been mentioned.

The distinguished Khel Ratna award is given for “spectacular and most excellent efficiency within the subject of sports activities over a interval of 4 years” at worldwide degree. A twelve-member committee evaluates the performances of a sportsperson at numerous Worldwide occasions and later submits their suggestions to the Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports activities for additional approval.

Kohli has actually emerged as the highest batsman over the previous 4 years, scoring 9006 runs in 152 matches at a median of 61.68. He has scored 30 lots of and 38 half-centuries in the identical interval. This additionally contains 28 man-of-the-match awards and 21 man-of-the-series.



First Printed: September 17, 2018, 3:13 PM IST



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