Men in Blue Team of the Year
Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone presents India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni with the Team of the Year award at the Sahara India Sports Awards, in Mumbai, on Monday.
The winners under different categories were selected by a 13-person jury, comprising living legends from different sports disciplines like cricket, billiards, tennis, golf, squash, hockey, athletics, boxing, badminton, football, chess, table tennis etc. Cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar was chairman of the jury.
Image: Deepika Padukone (left) felicitates India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Bollywood stars sizzle
The Indian cricket team got the award for consistent performances in 2008-09, during which they won in West Indies, New Zealand and Sri Lanka.
Bollywood stars like Deepika Padukone, Dia Mirza, Neha Dhupia, Koena Mitra performed along with Shaimak Davar and boxer Vijender Singh at the event.
Image: Dhoni (center) speaks as Harbhajan Singh (right) and Deepika look on
Gambhir Cricketer of the Year
Gautam Gambhir gets the Cricketer of the Year award from Bollywood actress Neha Dhupia.
Arjuna Award winner Prakash Padukone was conferred the 'Legend Honour'. The former badminton ace was one of the top players in his era, having won the Danish and Swedish Opens and the coveted men's singles title at the All England Championship.
Image: Neha Dhupia (left) with Gautam Gambhir
Bindra's gold still sparkles
Yuvraj Singh and Riya Sen presented Abhinav Bindra the Memorable moment of the Year award.
Bindra won the award for his gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, India's first individual gold medal in the history of the Games.
Image: Yuvraj Singh, Riya Sen with Abhinav Bindra
Vijender thrills with dance
Vijender Singh performs on stage during the awards ceremony.
Former India hockey player Sylvanus Dung Dung was honoured with the 'Unsung Hero' award. He was a gold medalist at the Moscow Olympics in 1980, when India won the last of its eight gold medals. He successfully coached the Central Command team from Lucknow to four sequentially triumphs in the Army Hockey Championship.
He was felicitated with a monetary incentive of Rs 500,000 for the outstanding contribution to Indian hockey.
Image: Vijender Singh
Vijender 'Outstanding' performer
Master batsman Sachin Tendulkar felicitates Vijender Singh with the Outstanding Performance award.
Vijender won a bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics and followed it up with another bronze medal at the World Championships earlier this year.
Image: Sachin Tendulkar (left) with Vijender Singh