Kohli, Dravid recommended for Dronacharya Award, Khel Ratna

If Virat Kohli wins the award, he'll be the third cricketer after Sachin Tendulkar (1998) and MS Dhoni (2007)

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday recommended Indian legend Sunil Gavaskar for the Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement award. Along with that, India captain Virat Kohli's name was recommended for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna honour.

The Indian cricket board also recommended former India captain Rahul Dravid for the prestigious Dronacharya award.

Gavaskar's contribution in Indian cricket as a player and then as a critique has been unquestionable.

Normally, the convention for Dhyan Chand award is to confer those who have not received the Arjuna award during their playing days. However, Gavaskar is an Arjuna awardee.

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 PTI.

Dravid has been nominated for successfully guiding India U-19 team to World Cup title earlier this year. Under his guidance, the Colts batch of 2016 played the finals. He has worked with India A team as well and forms the bridge between international and junior cricket.

This is the second time that Kohli has been nominated for the prestigious award. His name was sent by the cricket body in 2016 as well but the award went to Rio Olympic stars PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik and Dipa Karmakar

If Kohli wins the prestigious award, he will become the third Indian cricketer after Sachin Tendulkar (1998) and MS Dhoni (2007) to do so. The 29-year-old Kohli had earlier been awarded the Padma Shri in 2017 and had also won an Arjuna award in 2013.

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