'Dhyan Chand should get Bharat Ratna'

Updated: 02 May 2011 17:20 IST

Amid demand from many that country's highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna, be given to cricket maestro Sachin Tendulkar, the hockey wizard Dhyan Chand's son, Ashok Kumar has said that the honour should be first given to his late father.

'Dhyan Chand should get Bharat Ratna'
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New Delhi:

Amid demand from many that country's highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna, be given to cricket maestro Sachin Tendulkar, the hockey wizard Dhyan Chand's son, Ashok Kumar has said that the honour should be first given to his late father.

Ashok, himself a former India player, who was here yesterday to give tips on hockey technique to youngsters at a camp, told journalists that Dhyan Chand had been praised, among others, by Australian cricket legend Don Bradman.

Ashok said that his father was a true team man; he never took credit for the goals scored by him but acknowledged the efforts of others who fed him passes.

Conceding that cricket was much more popular than hockey, Ashok said there was too much money in cricket, but hockey can be turned around if India began winning at the international level.

Topics : Sachin Tendulkar Hockey
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