Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma was one of the five sports people (Mariyappan, Rani Rampal, Vinesh Phogat, Manika Batra) who received the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award this year.
Rohit was awarded for his performance in the 2019 World Cup where finished with 648 runs in nine matches including five centuries.
Rohit is the fourth cricketer after Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli to receive the honour.
The virtual ceremony will be held on August 29th.
In a video posted by BCCI on Twitter, Rohit reacted after being conferred with India’s highest sporting honour and promised to continue bringing more laurels to the nation.
“It feels great to be receiving the highest sporting honour. I am so, so happy and privileged to receive this award. I would like to thank the Sports Minister and the BCCI for acknowledging and recommending my name. I promise to keep working hard and continue to bring laurels to my country,” said Rohit in a video shared by BCCI.
“It’s a wonderful group to be a part of – all these three names mentioned (Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli) who have done wonders to our country and brought so much joy to the country. And joining this list is a great honour. I am very happy about it,” he added.
“To be recognised for anything you do for your country is a big motivating factor and I will always strive to bring happiness and joy to our country,” Rohit said further.
Currently, Rohit Sharma is in UAE where he will be representing his IPL team Mumbai Indians in the 13th edition.