BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: Cricketer Rohit Sharma, wrestler Vinesh Phogat, Table tennis star Manika Batra and para athlete Mariyappan Thangavelu have been recommended for this year’s Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award — the country’s highest sporting honour.
This is only the second occasion and first time after 2016 that four players will get the Khel Ratna. In 2016, PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik, Dipa Karmakar and Jitu Rai were awarded with Khel Ratna.
In cricket, earlier Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli have been honoured with the Khel Ratna. MS Dhoni recently announced his retirement from international cricket but will captain for Chennai Super Kings in the coming IPL in UAE.