New Delhi: India vice-captain Rohit Sharma on Sunday thanked everybody from the BCCI, his teammates, fans and family after being nominated for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.
Rohit was nominated for the highest sporting award in the country by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday.
“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 a video, posted by the BCCI on twitter.
Rohit Sharma has been a prolific run-getter for India especially in the white-ball format. 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.
Speaking about Rohit’s nominations, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly said that the star opener has set new benchmarks as a batsman and is worthy of the highest sporting honour in the country.
‘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, ‘ Ganguly said.
Moreover, Ishant Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Deepti Sharma were nominated for Arjuna Award