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Dhoni recommended for Khel Ratna

July 08, 2008 21:22 IST

The Cricket Board has recommended India's ODI and Twenty20 captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, the highest honour for any sportsperson in the country.

BCCI Chief Administrative Officer Ratnakar Shetty said the board has already forwarded its recommendation to the Sports Ministry.

"Yes, we have forwarded Dhoni's name for the country's highest sports award for 2007," Shetty told PTI.

Under Dhoni, India won the tri-series in Australia and also the Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa.

In case Dhoni manages to win the award, he would be the second cricketer to get the honour, following Sachin Tendulkar, who won it in 1997-98.

The President will give away the award, along with Arjuna and Dronacharya awards, at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on August 29.

Since its inception, the list of Khel Ratna awardees also include Viswanathan Anand (chess), Geet Sethi (billiards), K Malleswari (weightlifting), Leander Paes (tennis), N Kunjarani (weightlifting), Jyotirmoyee Sikdar (athletics), Dhanraj Pillay (hockey), P Gopichand (badminton), Abhinav Bindra (shooting), Anjali Bhagwat (shooting) Anju Bobby George (athletics), Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (shooting), Pankaj Advani (billiards and snooker) and Manavjit Singh (shooting).

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