Board of Control for Cricket in India nominated Virat Kohli’s name for Khel Ratna Award and Ajinkya Rahane’s name for Arjuna Award to sports ministry.
Virat Kohli is a right-handed batsman and occasional right-arm medium pace bowler. He is the current captain of the Indian team in Test cricket and vice-captain in limited overs formats. In the Indian Premier League (IPL), he captains the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
After representing Delhi at various age-group levels and domestic cricket, Kohli captained India Under-19s to victory at the 2008 Under-19 World Cup in Malaysia. A few months later, he made his ODI debut for India against Sri Lanka at the age of 19 years in August 2008.
Ajinkya Madhukar Rahane is an Indian international cricketer representing Mumbai in domestic cricket. He is a right-handed batsman who made his international debut in a Twenty20 International against England at Manchester in August 2011 and made his Test debut against Australia in March 2013.