Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli recently captained India to a 5-0 whitewash of Zimbabwe in a bilateral series © AFP

Aug 13, 2013

Ace Indian cricketer Virat Kohli has been recommended for the Arjuna Award, which recognises outstanding achievements in national sports.

According to the Times of India, Kohli’s name has cropped up for the honour along with shuttler PV Sindhu, who recently won a historic bronze medal at the world badminton championships. Meanwhile, Shooter Ronjan Sodhi, who is currently ranked No 1 in International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) world rankings,
has been recommended for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna.

Kohli, 24, recently captained India to a 5-0 whitewash of Zimbabwe in a bilateral series and is touted to take over from as skipper when current incumbent MS Dhoni calls it a day.

The last two cricketers to receive the award were Yuvraj Singh (2012) and Zaheer Khan (2011).

As soon as the news broke, the social media was flooded with congratulatory messages for the swashbuckling batsman.

Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), which Kohli captains, had this to say: