Former India batsman Gautam Gambhir, received his Padma Shri Award from President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi and then took to Twitter to post a couple of tweets after receiving the honour.
Always the one to speak his mind, the left-handed batsman, who posted a message for his wife, thanked his critics and well-wishers as well. A subtle dig at his detractors just summed up Gambhir's cheeky side.
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 @BCCI #padmashriaward pic.twitter.com/zrMrAEikKB— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) March 16, 2019
Back to reality with a LOUD thuddddddd!!!! Padmashri with his Sri Sri Srimati @natashagambhir2 Don’t worry about the तोप in the background, I get fired everyday at home #PADMASHRIGAUTAMGAMBHIR #PadmaShriAward #Padmashree pic.twitter.com/06783SvyGY— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) March 16, 2019
Gautam Gambhir, who announced his retirement from all forms of cricket in December 2018, and football star Sunil Chhetri were among the eight sportspersons conferred with the Padma Shri Award in 2019.
Archery star Bombayla Devi, basketball player Prashanti Singh, wrestler Bajrang Punia, kabaddi captain Ajay Thakur, table tennis player Achantha Sharath Kamal and chess player Harika Dronavalli also received the honour from President Kovind.