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Indian Government Announces Highest Civilian Award For Sachin Tendulkar

posted 16 Nov 2013, 10:08 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 16 Nov 2013, 10:09 ]

India's iconic cricketer Sachin Tendulkar to receive country's highest civilian award Bharat Ratna, says junior parliamentary affairs minister Rajiv Shukla.

 NEW DELHIINDIA (NOVEMBER 16, 2013) (ANI) -  India's cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar would receive country's highest civilian award Bharat Ratna, announced junior parliamentary affairs minister Rajiv Shukla on Saturday (November 16).

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Soon after his farewell test against the West Indies, a brief statement issued by thefederal government said Indian President Pranab Mukherjee has awarded the Bharat Ratna to the 40-year-old batsman.

Shukla, who is also the Vice-President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI), said Tendulkar deserves the honour bestowed upon him.

"I think he is the most deserving person for Bharat Ratna. I would like to congratulate the central (federal) government, Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister, for recommending his name for this award. Now, Sachin will be 'Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar'," said Shukla in New Delhi.

Tendulkar, who is the first sportsperson and the youngest person to be awarded with Bharat Ratna, will receive the award on January 26 (India's Republic Day) next year.

The iconic cricketer, who made his debut for India against Pakistan in Karachi in 1989 as a curly haired 16-year-old, has most batting records in his kitbag, and enjoys unmatched adulation in cricket-crazy India.

He has scored the most runs,15,921 in 200 tests, and amassed 18,426 runs in 463 one-day internationals matches while his 51 Test centuries and 49 ODI hundreds are also records.