‘Helicopter Man’ Gets Padma Bhushan


New Delhi: Former India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and multiple world-billiard champion Pankaj Advani on Monday received the country’s second highest state award, Padma Bhushan, from President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.

Incidentally, Dhoni has received the honour exactly seven years after lifting the ICC Cricket World Cup as Indian skipper in Mumbai on April 2, 2011. MS Dhoni is famous for helicopter shot in cricket world so fans calls him as Helicopter Man.

Seven years ago, on this very day, India had ended a 28-year World Cup drought by winning their second title in front of home crowd at the Wankhede Stadium.

Just like Dhoni, Advani, 2018 TOISA Snooker/Billiards Player of the Year, also has a distinguished career, having won gold twice in Asian Games in 2006 Doha and 2010 Guangzhou. He is also a multiple world-champion.

Besides the duo, ace men’s singles shuttler Kidambi Srikanth, former Asian Games gold medallist tennis player Somdev Devvarman, 2017 World Weightlifting champion in the 48kg category, Saikhom Mirabai Chanu, and India’s first Paralympic gold medallist, Murlikant Petkar were conferred the Padma Shri – fourth-highest civilian award – this year.