Dharamsala: Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin says Sachin Tendulkar deserves to be conferred with the Bharat Ratna, but wants hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand to be the first sportsperson to be bestowed with the country's top civilian honour.
"Sachin should be conferred with Bharat Ratna honour. I have never say no to this but hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand should be the first sportsperson to be conferred the award," Azhar said here on Friday.
"Dhyan Chand played under British Raj and one should take into account the kind of atmosphere he played under. No proper hockey stick was there...no proper grounds were there.