The Government of India has decided to confer the highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna to the master blaster Sachin Tendulkar on the day the legend was to retire from Test Cricket.
“Tendulkar is 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 PMO statement read.
Earlier at 11.47 am, the god of cricket Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar retired from all forms of international cricket. The master who was in tears had played for India for 24 years before deciding to call it the day.
Sachin has played 200 Test matches, 463 ODIs and 1 T20 scoring 34,357 international runs.