India news November 6, 2012

Tendulkar receives Order of Australia honour

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sachin Tendulkar has said his first tour of Australia in 1991-92, when he was still a teenager, toughened him up as a cricketer, and helped prepare him to face world-class attacks. He was speaking at a ceremony in Mumbai where he became the first Indian sportsman to be honoured with membership of the Order of Australia.

"It (the 1991-92 tour of Australia) completely changed me as a cricketer. It was a critical moment of my career. Three and half months changed me completely," Tendulkar said. "I thought I was ready to play against any attack in the world and I can say that Australia has had some contribution in that to transform me into a tougher cricketer."

India lost the Test series 4-0, but Tendulkar was India's highest run-getter with 368 runs, including one of his most celebrated centuries, in Perth. "We all know Australians are fierce competitors but when you do well against them, they shower on you all the compliments. And that is what happened to me. I scored reasonably well and scored a couple of hundreds there (in the Test series)."

Tendulkar said he had dreamt of playing in Australia even before entering his teens. "The association with Australia started long time ago and not in 1991," he said. "To me it started way back in 1985 when I was 12 years old watching those fantastic day-night matches on television. I started dreaming that one day I want to go there and play cricket. It turned into a reality in 1991-92."

The other non-Australian cricketers to have received the Order of Australia honour are West Indian greats Garry Sobers, Clive Lloyd and Brian Lara. Tendulkar was recognised "for his service to Australia-India relations by promoting goodwill, friendship and sportsmanship through the sport of cricket."

Australia's arts minister Simon Crean conferred the award to the cricketer. "Mr Tendulkar, as a member and former Captain of the Indian Cricket Team, has made an outstanding contribution to international cricket for more than 20 years," a statement from the Australian consulate-general read.

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  • Al on November 9, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    Congrats Sachin!! You were great in your peak. But now you are a shadow of yourself. Please retire gracefully! The younger generation turn off their TV when you come to the pitch. They want to watch a fighter like Kohli or Yuvraj - someone who is willing to stand up to the other team's bowlers. They don't want to see old men roll over to other teams bowlers. At least put up a fight. If you can't, retire and enjoy your millions.

  • T on November 8, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    All Sachin fans/ haters. lets do a simple thing. here is the list of top batsmen from all Indian wins since Sachin's debut. These were the top scorers (or made >90% of top score) in the matches India won.

    Whats interesting is - 1. Sachin appears most number of times. 2. In initial period (pre Kolkata test) he is dominated by names like Azhar, Sidhu and Kambli, and in later period he is dominated by Rahul, Laxman and Viru.

    Shastri, Azhar, Sachin, Kambli, Kambli, Sidhu, Sachin/Sidhu, ALL, Azhar, Sachin/Manjrekar, Jadeja, Mongia, ALL, Azhar, Sachin, Azhar, Ramesh, Gandhi, Joshi/Ganguly, Rahul, VVS, Sachin/VVS, Das/Sachin, Ganguly, ALL, Sachin, Ganguly, VVS, Sachin, Viru, Viru, Rahul, Viru, Rahul, VVS, Rahul, Sachin, Rahul, VVS, Rahul, Gambhir, Sachin, VVS, IK Pathan, Rahul, Rahul, VVS, ALL, Karthik/Sachin, Jaffer/VVS, VVS/Rahul, Ganguly, Viru, Gambhir/MDhoni, Viru, Sachin, Sachin, Gambhir, Viru, Gambhir, Sachin, Viru, VVS, Sachin, Sachin, Rahul, VVS, Rahul, Viru, VVS, Pujara, Kohli

  • Dummy4 on November 8, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    THE GREAT MAN little master

  • Naveenkumar on November 8, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    @Vaibhav3418 Same old saying again "Sachin scores a century and India loses again", I just thought for a moment why this happens, For me I think this man is a class apart such that even when others in the team fail this guy stands alone and gives the opposition a whack most of the times, for gods sake a team has 11 players and no one can win a game single handedly!!!!! What more do you expect from this man!!! If you do expect more I am afraid you too think that this man is a GOD!!!!!!

  • joseph on November 8, 2012, 3:39 GMT

    To me SACHIN, in his early years(21-27) single handedly took the team. But after Dravid, Ganguly,Laxman, Sehwag the honor is shared equally to all.

  • kunal on November 8, 2012, 2:26 GMT

    @Vaibhav3418 ill give u 3 example which will make u eat ur words 1 st was in sharjah where he single handedly took india to the finals and was almost on the verge of winning when he nicked the ball the bowler and keeper(gilchrist) apealed empire gave that not out and he walked because he felt he nicked it had he been laying for records he could have stood his ground like other players.the same goes for a world cup match vs windies in 2011 the empire gave not out but he walked , in ipl 2012 in semifinal the nonstriker called for a run which wasent there he sacrificed his wicket for his nonstrikers mistake he thought for the intrest of mumbai indians ,yet people like u shamelessly blame him to be selfish .numerous ocassions the empires robbed him of centuries he could have reacted arrogantly to them off the field but he smiled and went back.i doubt they purposely turn a blind eye to it. the man of the wc 2011 yuvraj singh dedicated it to sachin that wouldnt be the case if he were selfi

  • kunal on November 8, 2012, 2:12 GMT

    @Vaibhav3418"In world cup sachin scored 2 tons & india couldnt win only those 2 matches else india won all where is impact of sachin's century "just because it is in a losing cause dosent mean it comes easliy ill give u an examle in hos ton vs south africa he was dismissed in tthe 40th over with the score 270 india were all out within 9 overs 297 and shameless critics like u blame lack of sachins centuries far india winning is concerned in his absence we have lost more matches in his absence then won ."Only saved them untill he completed his ton & then himself avoided to take single on the last ball so that next over of steyn should be faced by sreesanth." u call it selfish dhoni did the same thing in wc against south africe but he is a team player . and why do u measure just centuries he has 27 matchwinning 90s , for other players u talk their contribution by runs and for sachin it is centuries by the way 75 matchwinning and match saving is not easy,

  • Andrew on November 8, 2012, 1:36 GMT

    Some terrible comments on here. A lot of comments saying that Sachin is selfish. Well the reality is - amongst batsmen, that is a often a GOOD trait! IMO - SRTs 100th International ton was a lowlight in his career, but as I think Harsha Bhogle said - I'll remember the other 99. I think people need to walk a mile in his shoes before they make sweeping statements as to whether SRT is selfish or "only" interested in records. He is probably a bit mindful of them (records) - but any champion who wants to lift their game - has to set goals, that is part & parcel of being a Champ. A lot of people that make these snide comments about him - have probably never played a competitive game of sport in their lives. To those that bag him - whether it be from ignorance or envy, give yourselves an upper cut! I respect SRT - from Oz!

  • Dummy4 on November 7, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    Congrats Sachin, It is you and only you deserve that.

  • Chetan on November 7, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Congrats Sachin. You deserved it..

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