I’m grateful to BCCI, teammates, fans: Rohit Sharma after getting Khel Ratna nomination

Rohit Sharma’s name was nominated for the highest sporting award in the country by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • BCCI nominated Rohit Sharma’s name for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award
  • The Khel Ratna award is the highest sporting award in India
  • Rohit was named the ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year for 2019

Team India’s limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma on Sunday posted a video thanking everybody from the BCCI, his teammates, fans and family after getting nominated for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.

Rohit’s name was nominated for the highest sporting award in the country by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday.

The Government of India’s Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports had sought invitations for the respective awards with the period of consideration beginning 1st January 2016 to 31st December 2019.

“I’ extremely honoured and humbled to be nominated by the BCCI for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, which is the highest sporting honour in India.

“I’m grateful to BCCI, to all my teammates, support staff, fans of the game and my family for sticking by me. Thank you very much,” Rohit said in the video posted by the BCCI.

Rohit Sharma, Team India’s vice-captain in the white-ball format has been a prolific run-getter. Named the ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year for 2019, the stylish opener became the first player in the history of the game to score five ODI centuries in one edition of the World Cup.

He is also the first batsman to score four T20I centuries and is the first player to have twin centuries in his maiden appearance as a Test opener.

“We went through a lot of data and considered various parameters before shortlisting the nominees. Rohit Sharma has set new benchmarks as a batsman and achieved scores people thought were not possible in the shorter formats of the game. We feel he is worthy of getting the prestigious Khel Ratna award for his commitment, conduct, consistency and his leadership skills,” BCCI president Sourav Ganguly explained.

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