Learn from Sachin how to respect national awards: Gill

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/m/msgill1.jpg' class='caption'> Sports Minister MS Gill has advised Indian cricket captain MS Dhoni and Harbhajan Singh to learn from Sachin Tendulkar how to treat national awards.

Updated: April 18, 2009 10:41 IST
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New Delhi:

Sports Minister MS Gill on Friday advised Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Harbhajan Singh to learn from their team-mate Sachin Tendulkar how to treat national awards with respect and said the batting maestro is a 'true gentleman'.

"Last year I was so delighted to see Tendulkar attending the function to receive his award. What a gentleman he is," Gill said.

"Why they don't copy Tendulkar or Dravid or Kumble who are my heroes. They are gentlemen in cricket with great and greater achievements," he said.

Dhoni and Harbhajan came under severe criticism from Gill on Thursday for skipping the Padma Shri award function with the Sports Minister saying he would soon issue a circular to ensure that sportspersons treated national awards with utmost respect.

The duo were conspicuous by their absence at the Rashtrapati Bhavan where they were expected to accept the Padma Shri awards from President Pratibha Patil.

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