As the Indian men’s cricket team captain Virat Kohli received the highest sporting honour, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award on Tuesday, September 25, by President of India Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi, the cricket star was cheered by his wife and Bollywood actor Anushka Sharma, his mother Saroj Kohli and his elder brother Vikas. With that, the world’s No.1 Test batsman Kohli becomes the 3rd Indian cricketer to get the honour.
Besides, Kohli, Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu also on Tuesday was conferred with the Khel Ratna Award by President Kovind at the prestigious ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. At the ceremony, Anushka was seen wearing a golden and black saree, paired with a beautiful bun and golden jhumkas. The couple has been spending a lot of time in the national capital and had also posted recently of having a gala time while doing lunch in South Delhi.
The Khel Ratna Award is the highest sporting award, which is usually given to 2 athletes. Kohli’s name was recommended by BCCI, but he missed it in 2016 as the award was given to wrestler Sakshi Malik and gymnast Deepa Karmakar.
The bold and dashing 29-year old Kohli has 6147 runs in 71 Tests with 23 centuries and 9779 runs in 211 ODIs, as reported by The Hindustan Times.
He has also received the Aruna Award in the year 2013 and has also been a recipient of Padma Shri, which was presented to him 2017.