Gautam Gambhir and the skipper of Indian football team, Sunil Chhetri received their Padma Shri Awards from President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Saturday. Gambhir took to social media to thank both his critics & Indian cricket after receiving the honour. Gambhir retired from all forms of cricket in December 2018. Chhetri has grown into one of the most celebrated footballers in country.
Gautam Gambhir and Sunil Chhetri were among the eight sportspersons conferred with the Padma Shri Award in 2019. Archery star Bombayla Devi and basketball player Prashanti Singh also received the honour from President Kovind on Saturday.
Gambhir took to social media on Saturday to thank both his critics and supporters after receiving the honour.
"This is for all the supporters of Indian cricket and my critics. Both have played a part in my journey...some day will discuss who played more than the other," Gambhir wrote on Twitter.