The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award is the biggest award given in the field of sports in India. Apart from cricket, it is given to the sports personnel competing in all the sports representing the nation. It started in the year 1992 and has been won by 38 people to date for an outstanding contribution in sports. In 2019, it was won by Bajrang Punia for wrestling and Deepa Malik for Para Athletics.
Talking about cricketers, it has been won by Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar in the year 1998. Legendary Indian captain, MS Dhoni won it in the year 2007 after having a successful stint as a skipper winning the maiden ICC T20 World Cup with team India. Current Indian skipper Virat Kohli won the award in 2018 after dominating world cricket with the bat.
However, there have been a few cricketers who rightly deserved the award but couldn’t get their hands on the prestigious award.
Let’s take a look at the three legendary Indian cricketers who should have won the award but didn’t:
Anil Kumble is a legend not only in India but in world cricket. He holds multiple records to his name and has been one of India’s finest players. He is the bowler with the maximum number of international wickets for India.
Having made his debut in the year 1990, Kumble went on to clinch a total of 619 wickets in Tests. He is third-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket and is only behind Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne in the list. In ODIs, he has 337 wickets to his name.
He is only the second bowler in world cricket to clinch 10 wickets in an innings in a game. He did the unthinkable in a game against Pakistan in the year 1999. After having achieved so much, this surely feels an injustice when he could not have won the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award.