In a sentiment that he opened with the day of his Bharat Ratna victory, Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar dedicated his award to all the mothers in the country for their tireless contribution to the sons of this country.

“I will continue to bat for India even though my cricket has stopped, but I will continue to bat for India and try my best to give people of India a reason to smile,” Tendulkar told reporters after being conferred  by the President.


“It’s the biggest honour for me and I am extremely delighted on receiving Bharat Ratna,” he said.


“I am extremely proud to be born in this beautiful nation and I would like to express my gratitude to all the love, affection and support I have received for number of years.”


Tendulkar, 40, and eminent scientist Prof C N R Rao were presented the honours at a brief function at Rashtrapati Bhavan’s Durbar Hall attended by Vice President Hamid Ansari, Union ministers, Sachin’s wife Anjali, daughter Sara and a host of dignitaries.