Dravid, Kohli nominated for awards by BCCI

Rahul Dravid has been recommended for the Dronacharya award, while India captain Virat Kohli is nominated for the second time for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award.

The BCCI has departed from the norm by nominating Rahul Dravid for the Dronacharya award.   -  K. Murali Kumar

Rahul Dravid, Virat Kohli and Sunil Gavaskar have been nominated by the Board of Control for Cricket in India for Indian government awards in suitable categories.

Dravid, India’s U-19 coach and former captain, has been recommended for the Dronacharya award, while Kohli is nominated (for the second time) for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award. Gavaskar, India’s former captain and eminent opening batsman is the Board’s nominee for the Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Committee of Administrators chief Vinod Rai said, “Yes, we have sent a number of nominations in various categories to the government. [Dravid] is the BCCI nominee for the Dronacharya award,” Rai told PTI.

Dravid has been recognised favourably for successfully guiding the U-19 team to the World Cup title earlier this year. Also under his stewardship, the U-19 team of 2016 played the final. He has also worked with the India ‘A’ team and has served as a bridge between junior and international cricket.

Departure from convention

BCCI had stopped sending nominations for Dronacharya awards due to multiple coaches at times claiming credit for a player’s success. “It happened when a former India opener had signed two nominations where coaches claimed that the player worked under them. From then, we had stopped sending nominations,” a senior BCCI official said.

“However when Rajkumar Sharma (Kohli’s coach) got the Dronacharya award, it was a personal nomination. He was not BCCI nominee. For someone of [Dravid’s] stature, we have decided to depart from convention,” the official added.