New Delhi: Yuvraj Singh received the Arjuna Award at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Wednesday, the only cricketer among 25 sportspersons to be honoured with the award this year.
The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award - the highest state honour for sportspersons in India - went to Vijay Kumar, the shooter, and Yogeshwar Dutt, the wrestler, both of who won medals at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Rahul Dravid's name had been suggested for the honour as well, but was ignored, allegedly due to miscommunication between the Board of Control for Cricket in India and the award committee. This means Sachin Tendulkar (1997-98) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (2007-08) are the only cricketers to be conferred with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, instituted in 1991-92.
For Yuvraj, the award, presented to him by Pranab Mukherjee, the Indian President, adds further gloss to his comeback from a rare form of germ cell cancer. It comes as reward for playing a lead role with bat and ball in India's march to the World Cup title in 2011.