Virat Kohli recommended for Khel Ratna, Ajinkya Rahane nominated for Arjuna Award

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New Delhi, May 3: Team India's Test captain and flamboyant batsman, Virat Kohli, has been recommended for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, country's biggest sporting honour, by the BCCI.

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has also nominated middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane for the Arjuna Award.

Kohli is in a supreme form at this moment and the way this prolific Delhi batsman is playing, cricket fans are comparing him with cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar.

Kohli succeeded MS Dhoni as Team India's regular Test skipper during Australia series in 2015 and led the side to an impressive series win in Sri Lanka before beating South Africa, number one Test playing nation, by a 3-0 margin at home.

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Kohli has emerged as Team India's go to man in every format of the game. His performance during limited overs' series against Australia and in the recently concluded ICC World T20 2016 prove Kohli's greatness.

The Delhi-lad was adjuged the Man of the Series in the T20 World Cup, though India lost in the semi-finals.

"We have received the recommendations from the BCCI. Their names will be sent to the awards selection committee," a sports ministry official was quoted as saying.

If Kohli gets this prestigious award, then he will be the third cricketer after Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni to be bestowed with the honour.

While India's another Mr consistent Ajinkya Rahane's name has been recommended for the Arjuna Award. Last year, Rohit Sharma's name was chosen for Arjuna Award.

The Khel Ratna carries a cash reward of Rs 7.5 lakh along with a citation, while the Arjuna award consists of a cash prize of Rs. 5 lakh and a citation.

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