Indian captain Virat Kohli received the Padma Shri Award on Thursday, at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi. The fourth-highest civilian award in India was presented to Kohli by President Shri Pranab Mukherjee.
The 28 years old batsman captains India in all the three formats of the game after Mahendra Singh Dhoni stepped down as captain of the limited-overs side. The flamboyant batsman is among the most feared batsman in world cricket right now.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper took to his social media accounts, saying: "What an absolute honor and a memorable day to receive the Padma Shri Award from the President of India. These days last a lifetime. God's been kind. Jai Hind."
Eight sportspersons including Indian skipper were nominated for the prestigious Padma Shri. The other sportspersons are Rio Olympics heroes gymnast Dipa Karmakar, wrestler Sakshi Malik, Paralympian Mariaypan Thangavelu and Deepa Malik, discus thrower Vikas Gowda, hockey captain PR Sreejesh and blind cricket team skipper Shekhar Naik.