Home > Sachin Tendulkar Retirement > Sachin Retirement News >

Sachin Tendulkar ‘honoured’ at receiving Order of Australia

 

New Delhi: Oct 16, 2012 

 

Senior India cricketer Sachin Tendulkar was elated after it was announced that he will be conferred with the Membership of the Order of Australia and hoped it would further “cement the bond” between the two countries.

 

“I indeed feel privileged and honoured at receiving this recognition,” Tendulkar said from South Africa where he is representing Mumbai Indians in the ongoing Champions League Twenty20 tournament.
“I hope that this honour will further cement the bond between the two countries, we both share a unique love for cricket,” he added.

 

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard made the announcement today while visiting a cricket clinic here and said Tendulkar would receive the honour from Simon Crean, Minister for Arts and Regional Australia, when he visits India.

 

“As an Indian cricketer, I have always enjoyed playing against and in Australia and feel it is one of the great cricketing rivalries, which is pivotal to the health of our game.

 

“I have always received tremendous affection from the Australian cricket fans. Once again my heartfelt thanks to the Australian government for this recognition and for considering me worthy of this rare honour,” Tendulkar said.

 

The ‘Order of Australia’ is an order of chivalry to recognise Australian citizens and other persons for achievement or for meritorious service.

 

The 39-year-old Tendulkar will be awarded an AM, which is one of the six grades in the Order of Australia.
Tendulkar will be the first non-Australian cricketer to be made an honorary member of the Order of Australia since Brian Lara, who was given the award in 2009.

 

The other two cricketers to be given the rare honour were West Indian greats, Clive Lloyd in 1985 and Sir Garfield Sobers in 2003.

 

“Cricket is of course a great bond between Australia and India. We are both cricket-mad nations. I am very pleased that we are going to confer on Sachin Tendulkar, membership of the Order of Australia (AM),” Gillard told reporters here.

 

“This is a very special honour very rarely awarded to someone who is not an Australian citizen or an Australian national. He is away playing cricket – surprise, surprise but the award will be conferred on him by minister Crean when he visits India.

 

“So, a special honour and a very special recognition of such a great batsman. The honour is very special and Sachin is a very special cricketer,” she said.

 

Tendulkar, who is also a Rajya Sabha MP, will become only the second Indian after former Attorney General Soli Sorabjee to get the honour.

 

Sorabjee was made an Honorary Member of the Order of Australia (AM) “for service to Australia-India bilateral legal relations” in 2006.

 

The right-handed Tendulkar, considered the finest batsman in contemporary cricket, has 15,533 runs in 190 Tests besides a mammoth 18,426 runs in 463 ODIs. He also has a record 100 international centuries to his credit. (PTI)

 

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 20, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Kolkata

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Dubai

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (19:00 IST)   at Cuttack

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014 (09:30 IST)   at Dhaka

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 27, 2014 (03:00 IST)   at Hamilton

More

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 24, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 72 runs

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 21, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 6 wkts

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 17, 2014  at Dharamsala

India won by 59 runs

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 14, 2014  at Visakhapatnam

Match cancelled

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 12, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Australia won by 1 run

Photos

Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test at Dubai

Videos

AB de Villiers praises team after win in 1st ODI

Viv Richards’ 6/41 bowls West Indies to a thrilling victory over India

Asad Shafiq emerges as dependable No 6 for Pakistan

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: Mitchell Johnson shows signs of effectiveness on unhelpful surfaces

South Africa vs New Zealand 2014: Vital for Brendon McCullum to find form quickly

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 Australia vs Pakistan Australia vs Pakistan 2014 India New Zealand New Zealand vs South Africa New Zealand vs South Africa 2014 Pakistan Pakistan vs Australia Pakistan vs Australia 2014 South Africa South Africa tour of New Zealand 2014 South Africa vs New Zealand South Africa vs New Zealand 2014

Batting wasn’t easy in ICC World T20 final,says Yuvraj Singh

Gary Kirsten did a commendable job as coach, says Yuvraj Singh

British Judge from London High Court unaware of ‘fours and sixes’

Will take time to find replacements for Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid: Yuvraj Singh

Sachin has been my mentor and a guide, says Yuvraj Singh

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: Spin hunt continues for visitors

Sarfaraz Ahmed may have trumped the Akmals as Pakistan’s wicketkeeper-batsman across formats

Don Bradman — even if every chance he ever gave in his career was accepted, he would still remain head and shoulders above the others

Len Hutton’s hundred gets reported as illness

Viv Richards’ 6/41 bowls West Indies to a thrilling victory over India

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

642 Posts | 9 Fans

Virat Kohli's Family Meets Anushka Sharma

Aamir Khan: PK is the toughest role in my career!

Google partners Oxford University to teach machines to think

International programme in Animal Husbandry

Goa leader sends barking dog to Bilawal Bhutto over Kashmir rant

NGOs pursue education for all

Ranveer Singh hides his bald look under a hat at Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Diwali party!

Top Sex Positions: Frog Princess

Sachin has been my mentor and a guide, says Yuvraj Singh

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: Spin hunt continues for visitors

Congress leaders did not meet Prime Minister as they are not concerned about people: BJP

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here