The Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) has recommended Test captain Virat Kohli for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, the country’s highest sporting honour and his fellow mate Ajinkya Rahane for the Arjuna award this year. Surprisingly, It is after a gap of four years that a cricketer has been recommended for the Khel Ratna. The prestigious Khel Ratna award carries a cash price of Rs. 7.5 lakh in addition to a citation, while the Arjuna awardee receives a cash prize of Rs. five lakh and a citation. Virat Kohli is already enjoying a fine form in the ongoing Indian Premier League.
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The singlehanded guidance for India in the preceding worldt20 tournament to win over Bangladesh, Australia and Pakistan is undoubtedly the most deserving player for the award. As far as Rahane’s form is concerned, he equalled the record of holding the highest number of catches in a Test innings during India’s series win against Sri Lanka last year under Kohli’s captaincy.
According to the sources, Virat Kohli’s main competitors for the Khel Ratna award are squash champion Deepika Pallikal, golfer Anirban Lahiri, Asian Games gold medallist shooter Jitu Rai and runner Tintu Luka.
Source – The Indian Express