Sachin Tendulkar to be honoured with Bharat Ratna

Sachin Tendulkar retired from international cricket on Saturday © PTI

Nov 16, 2013

Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, who on Saturday retired from international cricket, is to be honoured with the highest civilian award in the country, the Bharat Ratna.

The Indian government informed in a press release, “Sachin Tendulkar is undoubtedly an outstanding cricketer – a living legend who has inspired millions across the globe. During the last 24 years, since the young age of 16 years, Shri Tendulkar has played cricket across the world and won laurels for our country. He has been a true ambassador of India in the world of sports.

“His achievements in cricket are unparalleled, the records set by him unmatched, and the spirit of sportsmanship displayed by him exemplary. That he has been honoured with several awards is testimony to his extraordinary brilliance as a sportsman,” the release added.

Tendulkar will be the first sportsperson to be honoured with the award.

He told CNN-IBN, “I am thankful for this honour. I dedicate it to my mother. India is my motherland.”

Meanwhile, Sachin’s brother Ajit Tendulkar told ABP News, “I have no news about the award but if it is true then it is a big news. It is a very happy news for him. If a cricketer receives such an honour, that cricketer will be very happy.”

He futhermore added, “He has received a lot of awards, Arjuna Awards, Khel Ratna, etc. You don’t play for awards but while playing if you receive such awards, then you feel that everyone is praising you, and if you receive from the government then it is really a big honour.”

Rajeev Shukla, Indian politician and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) vice-president told ANI, “Sachin deserves the Bharat Ratna, I would thank prime minister and government for this. His records speak for themselves.”