Earlier this week, former India captain Rahul Dravid was offered a honorary doctorate by Bangalore University for his contributions to sports.
Dravid, though, has since turned down the doctorate as he wants to earn it by doing some academic research in the field of sports rather than receiving an honorary degree.
The 44-year-old was the only person who was set to receive a honorary doctorate at the university’s 52nd convocation ceremony on Friday.
After Dravid turned down the degree, there will be no recipient of the honour this year.
Bangalore University released a press release confirming the news on Wednesday.
Rahul Dravid declines Bangalore University Hon. degree, says would like to earn doctrate by accomplishing some academic research in sport pic.twitter.com/pP3xqo7EYz— ANI (@ANI_news) January 25, 2017
Dravid’s decision to decline the doctorate received a lot of praise on Twitter, with people hailing him for having the intention of earning one through hard work instead.
Rahul Dravid is a real gem. He has once again proved it. Declining Bangalore University honorary doctorate says he wants to earn a real PhD!— DP SATISH (@dp_satish) January 25, 2017
Just when you think you have enough reasons to love the man, he gives you another one. Respect, Rahul Dravid. Legend.— Vishal Agnihotri (@Dilliwasi) January 25, 2017
Good thing that Rahul Dravid rejected this honorary doctorate. Otherwise his name would have become Dr. Avid.— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) January 25, 2017
Rahul Dravid isn't just a legend in cricket but in real life too. Rejects Bangalore university's doctorate, says, "Would like to earn it."— Sonam Mahajan (@AsYouNotWish) January 25, 2017
Rahul Dravid is someone who is famous for being a cricketer but you'd like to be a person like him.— EngiNerd. (@mainbhiengineer) January 25, 2017
Rahul Dravid rejects Bangalore University's honorary doctorate.— Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) January 25, 2017
Says he'd like to earn a PhD.
What a man.
Dr. Vijay Mallya must be shocked.
Virender Sehwag shared a picture of his elder son Aaryavir’s sketch of former Indian captain MS Dhoni on Twitter.
Dhoni is seen playing a pull shot in the sketch which is inspired by an image of the wicket-keeper batsman in a magazine.
“Pic 1 is a sketch of @msdhoni made by my elder son Aaryavir .Even in this sketch,Maahi maar raha hai. #JaiNataraj,” tweeted Sehwag.
“Maahi maar raha hai”, which translates to “Mahi [Dhoni] is hitting”, is a famous dialogue from MS Dhoni – The Untold Story – a biopic which was released in cinemas last year.
Dhoni and Sehwag played together for India for a number of years and were both integral parts of the Indian teams that won the ICC World T20 in 2007 and the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011.
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.
Virat Kohli, Sakshi Malik, Dipa Karmakar, Vikas Gowda, Sreejesh get a Padma Shri— Bharti Jain (@bhartijainTOI) January 25, 2017