Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Dhoni is not ready for Khel Ratna Award

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Dhoni premature to receive Khel Ratna award

Dhoni is a good cricketer who has the potentials to make it really big. But I don’t believe he has achieved enough to be awarded the “Khel Ratna” award so early in the day. Captaining India to a T20 WC victory and a series victory in an ODI series in Australia does not qualify him to be awarded the Khel Ratna. Popular public hype would suggest that he is the most deserving candidate for the award but let the proprietary of the award not be breached by hype.
Khel Ratna awards are equivalent to Bharat Ratna as far as sports are concerned. Leave alone giving Dhoni the award, he should not even be recommended now. The only cricketer to have got this award is Sachin Tendulkar. Greats like Dravid, Kumble, Ganguly, and Lakshman have not even been recommended for this award. Their achievements are a part of legend and I won’t delve into it. I don’t think Dhoni has achieved even a fraction of what they have done. For that matter, he is yet to provide number of match winning performances like say a Yuvraj, Shewag or Harbhajan. Have a look at the list of award winners of the Rajiv Khel Ratna winners and it will strike you like tsunami that Dhoni has a long way to go. If Dhoni is to be given Khel Ratna for his captaincy, how can the Bengal Tiger Saurav Ganguly be left out? He was the one who started the renaissance of Indian Cricket after it was caught in the mire of match fixing

I am confident that Dhoni will one day win this award but right now he has a lot of distance to travel. Recommending him for a Khel Ratna at a moment when he is complaining of fatigue when playing for the nation but not IPL seems a parody. The BCCI loves to ride the wave, once they can be discrete. The Government can be wise enough to shoot down BCCI proposal. Don’t trivialize the importance of awards like Khel Ratna.

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