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Tendulkar given Order of Australia honour

Brydon Coverdale

October 16, 2012

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Sachin Tendulkar walks back to a standing ovation in possibly his last Test innings in Australia, Australia v India, 4th Test, Adelaide, 4th day, January 27, 2012
Sachin Tendulkar will be made an honorary member of the Order of Australia © Getty Images

Sachin Tendulkar will become the fourth non-Australian cricketer to receive an Order of Australia honour. The prime minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, made the announcement while visiting a cricket clinic in Delhi and she said Tendulkar, who is currently in South Africa for the Champions League Twenty20, would receive the honour from cabinet minister Simon Crean, who is due to visit India soon.

"I'm very pleased we're going to confer on Sachin Tendulkar membership of the Order of Australia, an AM," Gillard told reporters in Delhi. "This is a very special honour, very rarely awarded to someone who is not an Australian citizen or an Australian national.

"He is away playing cricket - surprise, surprise - but the award will be conferred on him by minister Crean when [he] visits India. So a very special honour and a very special recognition of such a great batsman."

No cricketer has played more matches against Australia than Tendulkar, who has played against them 106 times across Tests, ODIs and Twenty20 internationals. He has toured Australia five times for Test series, from 1991 to 2011, and only Jack Hobbs has scored more Test runs against the Australians.

Tendulkar will be the first non-Australian cricketer to be made an honorary member of the Order of Australia since Brian Lara, who was given the award in 2009. Lara was given the title "for service to Australia-Caribbean relations by promoting goodwill, friendship and sportsmanship through the sport of cricket".

In 1985, the former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd was made an honorary Officer of the Order of Australia, which ranks higher in the Australian honour system than the member of the Order of Australia, for his "outstanding and positive influence on the game in Australia".

Another West Indian, Sir Garfield Sobers, was also made a member of the Order of Australia in 2003, "for service to cricket as a player and supporter of young players, particularly from disadvantaged areas and groups, and to the community through support for charitable organisations". However, Sobers holds Australian citizenship through marriage, so his award was not considered "honorary".

Approximately 20 Australian cricketers have been given Order of Australia honours, including Sir Donald Bradman, Allan Border, Steve Waugh, Mark Waugh, Mark Taylor, Adam Gilchrist, Glenn McGrath, Matthew Hayden, Dennis Lillee, Max Walker, Bob Simpson, Keith Miller, Justin Langer, Bill Lawry, Ricky Ponting, Peter Burge, Ron Archer, Alan Davidson, Dean Jones and Belinda Clark.

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Posted by   on (October 19, 2012, 13:43 GMT)

That was a very nice gesture by Australia. Never heard of this award before, but the Indian fans aren't complaining. However, the biggest award for the great man is that he rules the hearts of 1.3 Billion Indians. Thats bigger than any award any country can bestow upon him. A section of Aussie media are jealous of Tendulkar because he is widely regarded at the best batsman ever(not Bradman), not the least of which is Matthew Hayden(the man with a chip on his shoulder). Tendulkar is a such an awsome legend, that Australia gave themselves an award, by associating themselves with the great man.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (October 19, 2012, 10:31 GMT)

Funny to see people criticizing the last gentleman of cricket!

Posted by kristee on (October 18, 2012, 4:38 GMT)

Actually his record in Oz is pathetic. Even out of the 2 wins, his contribution is negligible in 1. And he has figured in as many as 14 losses. Lara's case is not better, but most of his innings were against the very best Oz attack and he looked so destructive at times. Averages won't tell about a player's supremacy. And he never played for averages.

Posted by natmastak_so-called on (October 18, 2012, 2:36 GMT)

if I was a punter fan,I will just look at his poor record in India ,and shut my mouth for long. ECB might want to honour punter,for helping them win 3 ashes.

Posted by natmastak_so-called on (October 17, 2012, 18:02 GMT)

thanks for the entertainment,master blaster,none other than you deserves it more . ah punter,the less said is better .

Posted by   on (October 17, 2012, 17:32 GMT)

" I don't know about cricket, but still I watch cricket to see Sachin play. Not because I love his play, it 's because I want to know the reason why my country's production goes down by 5% when he is batting " - ( Barack Obama, US President ).

Posted by pargat89 on (October 17, 2012, 15:05 GMT)

Warne is a great bowler no doubt. But may be he is not given the award because of his controversial behaviour off the field many times.

Posted by kristee on (October 17, 2012, 9:24 GMT)

Comparison to Ponting! Well, maybe Australian voters in India are far fewer compared to vice versa. Ponting has not even reached 100 defeats in ODI's whereas this guy completed 200 at Dhaka amidst absurd celebrations. I'm writing this only because Ponting is unnecessarily belittled by some jingoists.

Posted by derpherp on (October 17, 2012, 7:55 GMT)

this is purely political, trying to brighten the relationship between Australia and India.

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (October 17, 2012, 7:23 GMT)

@jonesy, Imsrk-For his terrifying masterpiece in 'Bullring'-Jo'berg in 2003 where he lorded over Indian bowling helming his 'Invincibles' alone Ponting deserves a similar Indian honour.That's not counting his counting his stunning body of achievements both as player and captain even leaving aside those against India-most of which are to remain unparalleled in history. Coming to India ,surely can't discount the tons of runs scored off Indian bowling in Tests alone including the hugely profitable venture during India's last sojourn down under.That is not even taking his prolific record against India in ODIs both as batsman as well as captain in series between the sides.Now, picking out an odd poor series that he had early in his career in India is means nothing- He not the only great player to have a bad run or series. He more than made up for it in later test series against India and no particular bowler was spared-not even considering games in Aus here (Check the records).

Posted by   on (October 17, 2012, 6:59 GMT)

@ xylo - Perhaps because Sachin averages 57.30 against the Aussies while Laxman averages 49.67! And Sachin has also obviously scored a lot more runs against them than Laxman has.

Posted by   on (October 17, 2012, 6:57 GMT)

How could they even forget Shane Warne? That's unbelievable!!!

Posted by DINESHCC on (October 17, 2012, 6:56 GMT)

VISHO SHARMA. You mean Steve Waugh or Shane Warne or both

Posted by   on (October 17, 2012, 6:53 GMT)

It is a great honor for Cricket Australia also

Posted by vk6848 on (October 17, 2012, 3:33 GMT)

It is obvious from the citations that this is not an award for cricketing ability,even though SRT qualifies that way. I am not a mad SRT fan but he has certainly made cricket as a way of life look good all over the world and has influenced the young and old positively, so it is great that Australia honours him in this way. A knighthood cannot be far away.

Posted by Mary_786 on (October 17, 2012, 1:08 GMT)

Great decision by Cricket Australia, no one deserves it more then Sachin, not only is he the best batsman of our generation but a great example off the field.

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 22:03 GMT)

Where is Warnie? Very odd. I love SRT to pieces - but surely Warne deserves an Order of Australia - before him (or before Hayden, Ponting, Langer and Taylor). What an odd country - refusing to recognize their greatest bowler.

Posted by CaptainKool on (October 16, 2012, 21:45 GMT)

Congratulations little master! Indeed a very special honor by Australia.

Posted by xylo on (October 16, 2012, 21:00 GMT)

When VVS Laxman is overlooked for Sachin, especially by Australia, this honor reduces to a joke.

Posted by silly_pt on (October 16, 2012, 18:00 GMT)

Another well deserved honour for the little master!!They loved him when as a kid he smashed 114 on a juicy pitch in 1992 and they still love him for everything that he has achieved against them and in cricket in general. People criticizing him feel that they are superior to him or Sir Don. Well.. they can suit themselves. I am just going to enjoy the show till it lasts. @ jonesy2: why should an Indian honour be conferred on Ponting? for a pathetic average of 26 with just 1 ton? no doubt he is a great player but not against India in India. If at all Lloyd should get one. But there are more deserving Indians sportsmen in the list.

Posted by kristee on (October 16, 2012, 17:57 GMT)

The randomness of the list reminds me rather of IPL auction. You can't just explain how somebody is preferred or not.

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (October 16, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

Thanks to Australian PM for honouring Sachin.

Posted by JontyG on (October 16, 2012, 16:24 GMT)

We dont need Australia or England to certify how great the master is.

Its a good gesture from the Oz's.

Without a doubt, Sachin, The Cricketing Master deserves all the accolades.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (October 16, 2012, 16:16 GMT)

@jonesy for what pointing shud get this kind of award . Getting out in single digict against harbhajan or breaking a TV after getting out in a WC match

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 16:13 GMT)



Posted by warneneverchuck on (October 16, 2012, 16:09 GMT)

@tmalik. Sachin had better record against mighty aussie compared to all the batsman u mentioned. I think u don't have any cricket knowledge when u said he had scored only in home conditions.

Posted by ashi30 on (October 16, 2012, 15:32 GMT)


Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 15:26 GMT)

It looks Australia love Sachin Tendulakr, the way West Indies love Sunil Gavaskar. Two countries with great cricket tradition and their recognition ( formal or informal) has a lot of weight!

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 15:23 GMT)

Great honour for a great batsman. Though I am a constant critic of his hanging on, far too long, there is no way any one can fprget or ignore his superlative achievements. The best, India ever produced.

Posted by agupta429 on (October 16, 2012, 15:12 GMT)

@jonesy Ponting??? We Indians prefer Adam Gilchrist, Glenn Mc Grath or Steve Waugh to Ponting

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 15:05 GMT)

One of the greatest Australian cricketer: Shane Warne's name is missing from the list

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (October 16, 2012, 14:59 GMT)

SACHIN... the best there was,the best there is and the best there will be..SACHIN the greatest ever played the game..RESPECT SIR

Posted by Front-Foot_lunge on (October 16, 2012, 14:38 GMT)

Australia leads the way once again. I see my England, all to eager to hand out MBE's to the likes of Paul Collingwood for an almost irrelevant performance in a fluke Ashes win in '05, yet no such english honour is bestowed on the best batsman since Sir Donald Bradman.

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 14:35 GMT)

Even the Australian Government respects the greatest tormentor of Aussie bowling!

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 14:31 GMT)

@ Tmalik - Do you know what Sachin's batting average is in Australia, England and other countries? Way more than the names you mentioned - and that too despite playing for so many decades. So much consistency along with longevity is what makes him great. And I never understand the match-winner argument, cricket is a TEAM sport. Not his fault if his team has crap bowlers that can't even defend 300+ runs in ODI match.

Posted by forBetterIndiaTeam on (October 16, 2012, 14:00 GMT)

Where is Shane Warne here?

Posted by prashant1 on (October 16, 2012, 13:43 GMT)

Tendulkar should get the Award on his Record alone. The BEST record by a batsman against Australia...and then on top of that you have the countless innings of pure silk, Class, Dignity,Composure....All told it's just a simple matter of another award for the Greatest Batsman of all time.

Posted by Tmalik on (October 16, 2012, 13:38 GMT)

Garry Sobers and Clive Loyd much deserved indivduals for the award, amount of matches Sachin played for the records is just mind blowing. players started in his debut time are now either coaching or are commentators with grown kids. there were better batsmens were around that era for example, Lara, Ponting, Kallis, Saeed Anwar, Ganguly, Dravid all were match winners compare to Sachine. Sachin is good batsmen no doubt but he is not match winner and mostly the home ground scores......

Posted by jonesy2 on (October 16, 2012, 13:25 GMT)

what a joke. only done out of precedent because lara, lloyd and sobers got one. is ponting going to be given an indian national honour?

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 13:19 GMT)

@David Brumby, its the recoganition to the greatest batsmen of this era!! and Australlian knows this better than anyone else. hope you got my msg!!

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 13:07 GMT)

Where is Richie Benaud???

Posted by the_blue_android on (October 16, 2012, 13:02 GMT)

There you go. That's enough for the little old master to go on for another 3 years riding this 'achievement'.

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (October 16, 2012, 12:54 GMT)

What an 'honour'...great . Well deserved..........Very lucky too probably least didn't have to negotiate 145-150 KPH pace bowling on bouncy ,seaming pitches with pack of big growly mean fast bowlers running in at him sensing blood..... In fact was in a different homeland altogether wielding the bat although in a different format.

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (October 16, 2012, 12:35 GMT)

Thnaks to Australia for giving this honour to our master.

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (October 16, 2012, 11:47 GMT)


Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 11:43 GMT)

This indeed is a great honour for the "SON OF CRICKET"..The British should learn from me it is high time they change their rules and award Kighthood to Sachin..he deserves to have the honorific "SIR" to his name.

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 11:30 GMT)

Max Walker? If he's on the list, surely Billy Birmingham should be too........

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 11:19 GMT)

retire soonnnnnnnnnnnn......................

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 11:12 GMT)

Slightky off subject ... but does anyone know why Richie Benaud is not included? I would have thought he would have received some more accolades such as these. Considering his service to the game as a player, captain, journalist & broadcaster worldwide over 60 years that a knighthood wouldn't be out of the question?

Posted by Aristotle01 on (October 16, 2012, 11:11 GMT)

a lot of people said on twitter ... retweeted by brydon coverdale himself: It would be better if tendudlkar is made a member of the aussie top order rather than the order of aussie.... Hahahah Love the respect this guy commands universally..... another one was : "Hope this makes him eligible to play the next year's ashes".

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 11:07 GMT)

What a legend!! Deserves it - has been a wonderful representative of his nation throughout the world. Even if you aren't his fan, you've still got to respect him for his conduct as well as performance over the past 23 years (I haven't even lived that long.)

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 10:50 GMT)


Posted by Aristotle01 on (October 16, 2012, 10:49 GMT)


Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 10:19 GMT)

ooooo where is Shane WARNE???? where is B.Lee????????

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 10:08 GMT)

Poor Shane Waugh left out.

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 9:20 GMT)

How ridiculous!! What has he to do with Australia

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 9:09 GMT)

No Warne in the list....!!

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 8:49 GMT)

Sachin in the "Order of Australia"

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 8:48 GMT)

Take A bow Little Master.......

Posted by tanweeralam on (October 16, 2012, 8:24 GMT)

@warne's exlusion ... this is not based on sports caliber only but more on the image that you carry around the world and the impact and motivation that you create in the society. Warneee has his share of controversies and has always had this bad guy image. His talent and contribution to the game however is without any doubt among the very very best.

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 8:18 GMT)

Well deserved little master...This guy wont hurt a fly but hits cricket ball better than anyone else (used to) for a long long time

Posted by guynextdoor on (October 16, 2012, 8:06 GMT)

No Shane Warne???...U must be kidding... Or is the award also based on public behaviour as well??? ;D...In such case you can agree wid de list...Warnie z a naughty one!!!

Posted by warneneverchuck on (October 16, 2012, 8:00 GMT)

Where is the best spinner cricket has ever seen. Talking abt warne if u guys still can't guess

Posted by warneneverchuck on (October 16, 2012, 7:49 GMT)

it's well deserved as Sachin is well known in Australia to

Posted by GRAMMY_SACHIN on (October 16, 2012, 7:38 GMT)

Congrats to SRT. A great honour to one of the greatest sportman. Take a bow. Respect. Respect. Respect the real warrior who gave and continues to give his best always. Proud to be an Indian and consider myself fortunate to have born in an era. Bye the way i am 4 months elder to him, and have been following his success right from his first Test. I am thrilled once again. Cheers BOSS

Posted by manishyash on (October 16, 2012, 7:32 GMT)

congrats sachin..proud of u always..u made us proud once again as right thrOugh ur career...pleasing to b sharing the air u breathe...HATS OFF!!!

Posted by Sinhaya on (October 16, 2012, 7:29 GMT)

I am not a Tendulkar fan but still conveying my heartiest congratulations and well done. Great achievement.

Posted by anoopshameed on (October 16, 2012, 7:28 GMT)

@Nightwing32 on (October 16 2012, 06:53 AM GMT) 'Nothing against Tendulkar!'-that's exactly why :-)

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 7:19 GMT)

congratulations to tendulkar....indeed a great honor and hopeless critics can keep shouting

Posted by Gupta.Ankur on (October 16, 2012, 7:18 GMT)

Richly deserved by the greatest batsman since Bradman.

Posted by Nightwing32 on (October 16, 2012, 6:53 GMT)

Nothing against Tendulkar but why?

Posted by AndrewFromOz on (October 16, 2012, 6:53 GMT)

Excellent decision and well deserved!

Posted by npc_cricketlover on (October 16, 2012, 6:49 GMT)

the list doesnt include two deserving candidates....Shane Warne and Michael Bevan

Posted by Sachin_the_god_forever on (October 16, 2012, 6:47 GMT)

A wonderful honour for a wonderful wonderful Man...sachin the GOD..:-)

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 6:45 GMT)

It is gigantically pleasure that Sachin got rare award from Australia Cricket board.

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 6:31 GMT)

Congrats sachin and many thanks to Australian Goverment for this honour to our legendary cricketer

Posted by Aristotle01 on (October 16, 2012, 6:21 GMT)

Just goes to prove how widely revered he is!!! Has a hospitality box at yorkshire named after him, has a bronze statue of bradman gifted to him by the SCG, and now this, among other cricketing recognitions world wide! Absolute Icon! THE BEST ALONG WITH SOBERS DON AND VIV!!!!!!!

Posted by masoodali150 on (October 16, 2012, 6:21 GMT)

If you consider only great player then no doubt Sachin Deserve to be part of this order. Beside Sachin, There are many other but I will choose only 1 from each main team. To let you know, from SL Murali, from PAK Wasim Akram, from India Sachin, from NZ Vittory, from WI Lara, from Eng Sir Ian Botham, from SA Kallis. Further, there may be many name from each team but some of above are well deserved non-Australian player.

Posted by veerakannadiga on (October 16, 2012, 6:20 GMT)

congrats SRT. There were a lot of people writing all sorts of nonsense regarding SRT & his accomplishments. Hope this award shuts them up. Knowledgeable people recognize the achievements of another great. Hence this reward. Once again congrats SRT, as usual you have made us proud of being Indians. from a loyal Dravid fan.

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 6:14 GMT)

among all the names is seen Dean Jones - thats a surprise and belittles the honour a bit . Cant fathom the reason he gets this honour - and no Shane Warne the greatest to have even spun the cricket ball ?

Posted by vish2020 on (October 16, 2012, 5:59 GMT)

Little master will keep ridin' high no matter what you "keyboard warriors" will make of him! The best to ever hold a bat on a cricket field...PERIOD!!! God Of Cricket!!!

Posted by bobagorof on (October 16, 2012, 5:57 GMT)

Jacques Kallis will no doubt be expecting his award when he arrives for the Test series in a couple of weeks.

Posted by guptahitesh4u on (October 16, 2012, 5:52 GMT)

Congratulations to Tendulkar for the recognition!!

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 5:39 GMT)

Take a bow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Raja4mIndia on (October 16, 2012, 5:22 GMT)

Great honour to a great batsman.

Posted by ashish514 on (October 16, 2012, 5:18 GMT)

No Shane Warne in the list?? Does it also have something to do with conduct and behaviour?? Otherwise no way he can be left out when some very good but not great players like Langer, Hayden, Gilchrist and Mark Waugh are there. Warne is one of the greats.

Posted by   on (October 16, 2012, 5:15 GMT)

Another feather in the cap..

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