Sachin Tendulkar should demand Bharat Ratna for Dhyan Chand

Voices from various quarters want Bharat Ratna, the country’s highest civilian award, to be bestowed the on Sachin Tendulkar AFP

Korba: Jan 16, 2012

Indian hockey wizard Major Dhyan Chand’s son Ashok Kumar said that cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar should set an example of magnanimity by seeking Bharat Ratna for his late father.

Talking to reporters after the conclusion of the Aluminium Cup hockey tournament here, Ashok said, “Even today, world over my father Dhyan Chand is famous as the magician of hockey. The whole country is proud of him and Tendulkar should show large-heartedness and demand a Bharat Ratna for my father.”

“Tendulkar himself has not sought the award for himself,” he added.

Talking about the status of hockey in the country, the former India player regretted that the sport was suffering because of the rift between Hockey India and the Indian Hockey Federation and nepotism was growing.

He further said that there were not enough astro-turfs in the country.(PTI)