Just hours after the legendary batsman bid goodbye to cricket, it was decided that Sachin Tendulkar would be awarded with the highest civilian honour – Bharat Ratna. With this, Tendulkar has become the first sportsperson to receive the biggest honour possible for any Indian.
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.
The issue of awarding Sachin Tendulkar with Bharat Ratna has been a topic of discussion for over two years. Apart from popular cricketers, most of the political parties had also backed the call for conferring Tendulkar the highest civilian honour.
The 40-year-old icon, who called time on his glittering international career on Saturday, was chosen for the top award soon after his farewell Test against the West Indies ended in Mumbai.
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