Dravid and Ganguly nominated for Padma Shri

Published: Tuesday, June 29, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi :It is a "special feeling" for Indian cricket vice-captain Rahul Dravid, who will be receiving the prestigious Padma Shri award from President A P J Abdul Kalam at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on Wednesday.

Dravid, along with his captain Sourav Ganguly and a host of dignitaries have been nominated for the Padma awards and the middle order batsman is excited about the "special honour" that will put him in the same league as some of his cricketing idols.

"This is a special award and it's a special feeling. Some of my heroes and cricketers have got this award. So it is something special to be part of that legacy," Dravid said in New Delhi on Tuesday.

The 31-year-old Dravid would be the fifth cricketer from Karnataka to receive this honour following E A S Prasanna, Gundappa Vishwanath, B S Chandrasekhar and Syed Kirmani.

Anju B George, Dilip Tirkey and K M Beenamol are the other sportspersons who would be receiving Padma Shri from the President on Wednesday.

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