Auckland: Indian skipper MS Dhoni on Wednesday, paid rich tribute to retired batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, who was conferred the Bharat Ratna, saying it is an honour well deserved for the "ideal role model". (Sachin Tendulkar's CV that got him Bharat Ratna)
Tendulkar, who was bestowed the honour on Tuesday by President Pranab Mukherjee, retired from all forms of cricket in November, playing his last and 200th Test in Mumbai against the West Indies. (Also see: Awards ceremony in pics)
"It is fantastic news. It has happened first time for a sportsperson," said Dhoni, ahead of the first Test against New Zealand, starting in Auckland on Thursday.