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BCCI Recommends Virat Kohli For Khel Ratna, Rahul Dravid For Dronacharya Award

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| April 26 , 2018 , 14:13 IST

India cricket team captain Virat Kohli has been recommended for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award by the Board of Cricket Control in India on Thursday. The board also nominated Rahul Dravid for the prestigious Dronacharya Award and Sunil Gavaskar for the Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement award.

This is the second time that the board has recommended Kohli. His name was sent in 2016 but being the Olympic year, the three stars of Rio, PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik and Deepa Karmakar were conferred with the award.

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CoA chief Vinod Rai confirmed Dravid's nomination for the Dronacharya award. "Yes, we have sent a number of nominations in various categories to the government. Rahul is the BCCI nominee for the Dronacharya award," Rai told the media.

Dravid has been nominated after successfully guiding the U-19 Indian side to World Cup glory in 2018. It was also under his guidance when the team reached the final of the previous edition in 2016.

"It happened when a former India opener had signed two nominations where coaches claimed that the player worked under them. From then, we had stopped sending nominations," a senior BCCI official said.

Sunil Gavaskar who held the record for most centuries in Test cricket till Sachin Tendulkar surpassed it, has been nominated 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.