Kohli, Malik, Karmakar to receive Padma Shri

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Virat Kohli and Sakshi Malik.

The Padma Shri is the fourth highest civilian award in India, with the winners announced on Republic Day on January 26.

Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli is one of the sportspeople who will receive the honour after a stellar year.

The 28-year-old led India to the number one spot on the ICC Test Rankings, scoring three double centuries in the calendar year. He was also named the Player of the Tournament at the ICC World T20 and the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Another cricketer who will receive the Padma Shri is Shekhar Naik, who led the Indian blind cricket team to World Cup glory in 2012.

Wrestler Sakshi Malik, gymnast Dipa Karmakar, high jumper Mariyappan Thangavelu, discus thrower Vikas Gowda and Indian hockey team captain PR Sreejesh will also receive the award.

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Dravid to receive honorary doctorate from Bangalore University

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Dr. Rahul Dravid?

Former Indian captain Rahul Dravid has received many accolades over the years and now, he will be awarded with an honorary doctorate by Bangalore University on Friday.

Dravid will receive this honour for his contribution to sports as part of the 52nd annual convocation of the university.

In 2014, Dravid received a honorary doctorate from another university in Karnataka – Gulbarga University.

Although born in Indore, the 44-year-old grew up in Bengaluru and represented Karnataka in the Ranji Trophy with great distinction.

Dravid’s international career lasted over 15 years and with over 10,000 runs to his name in both Test and ODI cricket, he is considered one of the greatest Indian cricketers of all time.

Dravid retired from Test cricket in 2012 and after an initial spell as a commentator, he has worked with the India A and India Under-19 teams as coach. He has also mentored the Rajasthan Royals and the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

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Sreesanth's hopes of playing in Scotland blocked by BCCI

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Sreesanth during the 2011 World Cup.

Indian fast bowler S. Sreesanth has been denied permission to play league cricket in Scotland by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Sreesanth is serving a life ban which was imposed by the BCCI in the aftermath of the IPL spot-fixing scandal in 2013. His then teammates at Rajasthan Royals, Ankit Chavan and Ajit Chandila, were also given life bans.

The 33-year-old was hopeful of turning out for Glenrothes CC, but he told ESPNCricinfo that he hasn’t received a no-objection certificate from the Indian cricket board: “I don’t know… I still haven’t got any letter from BCCI.”

Although the Kerala pacer was cleared of spot-fixing charges in 2015 by a Delhi trial court due to insufficient evidence, the BCCI found him guilty when it came to their own investigation.

Sreesanth represented India in 27 Tests, 53 ODIs and 10 T20Is. He was also part of India’s victorious teams at the 2007 ICC World T20 and the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup.

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