Sachin Tendulkar receives the Bharat Ratna
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Sachin Tendulkar during the felicitation ceremony © PTI
On Tuesday, Sachin Tendulkar was conferred with the prestigious civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna. The Indian batting legend received the award from President Pranab Mukherjee on February 4, 2014, at the Rashtrapati Bahavan in New Delhi. Eminent scientist Prof CNR Rao also was conferred with India’s highest civilian honour.
Tendulkar was the first sportsperson to receive the Bharat Ratna from India. Tendulkar (40) and Rao (79), both of whom are recipients of Padma Vibhushan — the country’s second highest civilian honour, will join a list of 41 eminent personalities who have been conferred with the award that is given in recognition of exceptional service of the highest order since it was instituted in 1954.
Tendulkar retired from the game on November 16, 2013 after playing his 200th Test in Mumbai at the Wankhede Stadium. The Bharat Ratna was announced after a gap of four years with Hindustani music doyen Bhimsen Joshi being the last recipient in 2009.