Former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and billiards champion Pankaj Advani will be conferred the Padma Bhushan on Monday (2 April).

It seems not number seven, which is popularly believed as Dhoni’s lucky number, but 2 is Dhoni’s lucky number. And April 2 is his lucky day.

On April 2, 2011, MS Dhoni-led Indian cricket team had written history by winning the World Cup for the second time for India at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Dhoni brought the World Cup back to India after a drought of 28 years.


Call it a coincidence, after seven years of leading India to victory, MS Dhoni will receive the Padma Bhushan award on Monday (on 2 April).


On 1 April, Home Minister Rajnath Singh hosted a dinner for the awardees who will be honoured with Padma awards.

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Pankaj Advani and MS Dhoni will be honoured by President Ram Nath Kovind. The event will be held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi.

President Ram Nath Kovind, vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and MoS Home Kiren Rijiju among others attended the dinner.

This year, 85 Padma awards were announced.