London: On a roll in the ongoing ICC World Twenty20 where his team have entered the final, Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has another reason to smile as he has won the 2014 Asian award for outstanding achievement in sports in London.
Dhoni, currently in Bangladesh leading India in the ICC World T20, was honoured on Friday night. Former England cricketer Ramprakash, who was to present the award at the glittering ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel, read out a message from Dhoni "dedicating the award" to his fans in Asia and all over the world. (Virat Kohli guides India to World Twenty20 final | Highlights | Pics)
The citation said, "Dhoni is widely regarded as one of the greatest finishers in limited-overs cricket. Under his captaincy, India have won numerous awards including the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, the CB Series of 2007-08, the 2010 Asia Cup, the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. (We had the self-belief of chasing any target: Dhoni)
"In 2013, Dhoni became the first captain to win all the three ICC trophies. Dhoni was ranked 16th on the Forbes list of highest paid athletes." (Also read: Dhoni's 'gift' to Kohli)