Virat Kohli, Mirabai Chanu recommended for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award

Indian Cricket team captain Virat Kohli was earlier recommended in 2016 but wasn't successful. If approved by the sports minister, he would become the third cricketer to win the award

Virat Kohli, Mirabai Chanu recommended for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award

Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli and world champion weightlifter Mirabai Chanu were jointly recommended for India's highest sporting honour - Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.

The Indian captain will become the third cricketer after Sachin Tendulkar (1997) and MS Dhoni (2007) to win the award if the Sports Ministry gives a go-ahead. 

According to reports, Badminton star Kidambi Srikanth was also in the running but lost out to 24-year-old Mirabai Chanu, who is the reigning world champion in the 48kg category with a world record to her name. 

Chanu also has a CWG 2018 gold to her name. 

Kohli, the world's No.1 Test batsman, has been in phenomenal form in the recent years, and he averages 53.92 after 71 tests, and 58.21 after 211 ODIs. 

BCCI has recommended Kohli's name for the last three years, but in 2016, Sakshi Malik, PV Sindhu and Deepa Karmakar were rewarded for their display at Rio Olympic Games. In 2017, the Khel Ratna was awarded to former Indian hockey team captain Sardar Singh and para-athlete Devendra Jhajharia. It remains to be seen if Kohli turns out to be lucky the third time.

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