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February 4, 2014

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Sachin Tendulkar receives the Bharat Ratna from Indian president Pranab Mukherjee, Delhi, February 4, 2014
Sachin Tendulkar is the youngest ever recipient of the Bharat Ratna © AFP
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Sachin Tendulkar was conferred the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award, by the president Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday. Tendulkar, 40, is the first sportsperson, as well as the youngest person to receive the award. Speaking during the ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, Tendulkar said that though he had retired from the game, he would "continue to bat" for India in all spheres of life.

"It's the biggest honour for me and I am extremely delighted on receiving the Bharat Ratna," Tendulkar said. "I am extremely proud to be born in this beautiful nation and I would like to express my gratitude to all the love, affection and support I have received for number of years.

"My cricket has stopped, but I will continue to bat for India and try my best to give people of India a reason to smile," he said. "I would like to reiterate what I said a couple of months ago about this recognition and dedicate this to my mother and along with her, all the mothers in India who sacrifice their wishes, aspirations for their children so that their dreams come true."

Tendulkar, who retired from cricket on November 16, 2013 as the game's highest run-scorer in both Tests and ODIs, also saved praise for Professor CNR Rao, the other recipient of this year's Bharat Ratna.

"I would like to congratulate Prof CNR Rao for the Bharat Ratna. He has been instrumental in motivating and inspiring youth of India to become scientists. I wish him all the happiness and good health."

India captain MS Dhoni, speaking before the first Test against New Zealand in Auckland, said Tendulkar thoroughly "deserved" the honour. "As a civilian, you cannot get a bigger honour than this. Definitely he deserves it.

"The way he has handled himself, not only on the field, off the field as well... Whenever we talk about him, we keep saying the same thing: ideal role model. The kind of pressure there is in Indian cricket, he handled it very well. The kind of performance he has given since the time he debuted was fantastic. An honour well deserved."

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Posted by   on (February 6, 2014, 3:41 GMT)

@ noboundaries - Do a bit of research and you'll find out that he has repeatedly said "NO" to politics. It's just a hype created by the media - because any news on Tendulkar sells.

I don't understand why you have an objection with Sachin Tendulkar receiving the Bharat Ratna when there have been singers and other artists who have been awarded with it. Tendulkar, surely, has made a lasting impact to ordinary Indians!

Posted by noboundaries on (February 5, 2014, 18:25 GMT)

Only in India this kind over adulation can happen. OK he was a special batsman, he received good accolade from world of sport and equally handsomely rewarded financially. To give Bharat Ratna ( which was given to the likes of Pandit Nehru) for sports person is really an overkill. Why people can't put these things into perspective I never know? There are scientists,medical people and voluntary workers make a lasting different to ordinary Indians. They don't get any recognition. Now he has entered into politics as well, as if India is short of politicians. These kind of hero worship becoming indian culture, what a pity.

Posted by Raj12345 on (February 5, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

Several Indian cricketers made impact but how Sachin impacted Indian cricket is truly different than others and his presence traversed more than cricket game itself. He deserves it.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 15:15 GMT)

Greatest batsman ever....

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 9:58 GMT)

It's unfortunate that the real legend of the Indian/world sports - Dhyan Chand - still didn't get the Bharat Ratna award! In fact, he deserved it more than Sachin as he was a real match winner. He helped India to win three Olympic gold medals - in 1928, 1932, & 1936 - in the field hockey. And he scored over 1,000 goals in a career spanning 22 years (from 1926 to 1948)!

Posted by gangof6friends on (February 5, 2014, 6:50 GMT)

Well if he is the reason for making billions of heart happy, if he is the reason for dreaming about achieving what you want to, if he has shown people to live like a king size being as a little master, I would not be amazed with this award. When he has carried the hope of cricket lovers for so many cricketing years on his shoulders, its the best he has got now to put on his shoulder!!! Well done Sachin for making us Proud.

Posted by Praba10 on (February 5, 2014, 6:43 GMT)

Congratz Mr.SRT Master Blaster my man, my role model Proudly i can say i am a fan of you. Thank u Master. Cricket miss u a lot. I am so lucky to see u playing once in my life.

Posted by Naresh28 on (February 5, 2014, 6:27 GMT)

YOUNGSTERS - you have no better role model than Sachin. Strive for success just like the little master. A whole future awaits you.

Posted by RahulPatil89 on (February 5, 2014, 6:14 GMT)

Heartily Congratulations to MR. Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar....My Role Model....He is the most deserving personality for this award..Be always a what you are and give us the reasons to feel proud and smile....

Posted by ABLcric on (February 5, 2014, 5:13 GMT)

Congrats to Sachin Tendulkar from Pakistani fan. Humble and down-to-earth personality. He is the role model for all youth and specially young cricketers on both sides of the border. Particularly, in this age when more 'talented' cricketers have serious attitude issues and they are negatively arrogant. Look at Sachin and develop your skills!!

Posted by CricFan24 on (February 5, 2014, 3:53 GMT)

@Suhrd Joshi - PERFECT summary.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 3:21 GMT)

Congratulations to Sachin !!! He might be missing cricket a lot. You deserved to get this award and truly we are very proud of your achievement. We are lucky to have you in our era. The moments which you gave us will always cherish in our memory. God Bless you and your family.

Posted by Yuosufahmed on (February 5, 2014, 2:35 GMT)

Congrat little master! Truely a great legend. You are the last legend we had and I hope Kohli will follow you.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 2:35 GMT)

Bharat Ratna:SRT. You are great.

Posted by theRule19 on (February 5, 2014, 0:54 GMT)

Congrats to Tendulkar on the highest honour. He can surely contribute back by coaching the current and future set of Indian batsmen, with his knowledge and experience how to deal with short fast pace bowling and some fielding skills as well.

Posted by IndianSRTfan on (February 5, 2014, 0:52 GMT)

First Sportsperson to get the award, Youngest Person to get the award....Congratulations SRT. You were the true pioneer in Indian cricket in many aspects and even after the retirement, you continue the trend with this prestigious award.

May this open the way for deserving Indian sportspeople across different sports to be eligible for the highest possible civilian honour. Congrats to Dr. CNR Rao too.

"Bharat Ratna"....roughly translated it becomes " The Gem of India"...Perfect words to describe the perfect son of India. Thanks for a lifetime of memories Sachin.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 22:51 GMT)

I believe he is also better aussie don bradman, cricket is far more challenging in this era. he is the best batsman and player ever.

Posted by afghan_cric_lover on (February 4, 2014, 20:22 GMT)

congrates to tendulkar he really deserved this award

Posted by pak_ki_phu on (February 4, 2014, 19:43 GMT)

Sachin the best ever to play this SPORT!!!. Best Attitude ever a sportsperson has had and he always gave it all until the END. SRT Rules!!

Posted by karan1609 on (February 4, 2014, 18:44 GMT)

Congratulations Sachin! Truly well deserved.. You were the icon of the young and vibrant India and part of the childhood of majority of Indians.. Thanks a lot for being the human being that you are and being an ideal role model.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (February 4, 2014, 18:22 GMT)

No words, simply a legend ! Truly deserves this honor. Cricket is in crisis Sachin, hopefully you can bat it out of trouble. Please be an ambassador of the fans. :)

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 18:19 GMT)

Congratulation. He deserved for this.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 18:02 GMT)

Sachin was not a cricketer. He was super hero of Indian nation. He might not be the greatest cricketer but he was the greatest cricket hero of all time. Legend. SRT200

Posted by supacricfan on (February 4, 2014, 17:57 GMT)

Greatest batsman ever to play the game..period!!

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 16:09 GMT)

What makes him the greatest cricketer is the whole package he brings with him. His humble nature, his ability to stop a Nations heartbeat, his ability to fill cricket stadiums anywhere, his ability to stand up on biggest stages, his ability to score on any pitch around the world, and of course his records. There won't be another sachin, that's for sure.

Posted by batman_gothamcity on (February 4, 2014, 15:42 GMT)

Congrats to the great man , may he get the same success in his remaing life and contribute to Indian cricket as a coach /administrator and help India win the elusive Test series wins in Australia and South Africa which even he could not achieve as a player .

Posted by SachisKing on (February 4, 2014, 15:31 GMT)

Great words from a great man. A true legend. Thank you Sachin for all the joy you brought us. God Bless you and your family. SachIsKing forever.

Posted by sachin_equal_to_bradman on (February 4, 2014, 14:12 GMT)

Thanks a ton sachin for being born in india!!! Really he is next to god!!! such an amazing legend..Legend of legends

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (February 4, 2014, 14:11 GMT)

Congratulations Sachin! You are the best ever, whole world loves you and miss you. Made my day. May God bless you!

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 14:05 GMT)

Sachin will always be the "GOD" of cricket...!

Posted by PrasPunter on (February 4, 2014, 13:51 GMT)

Congrats !! A True Legend !! So touching to read his words about Mothers !! Great man and Great words !! Health and peace for Sachin and his family !! God bless !!

Posted by JoshFromJamRock on (February 4, 2014, 13:48 GMT)

Congrats Sachin. Please turn up for a couple Masters cricket matches in the future. Seeing the Greats of the past Eras playing for fun and charity in a couple of T20 matches would be a dream come true for us fans.

Posted by kila995 on (February 4, 2014, 13:48 GMT)

Even though tons of legends will rise in the near future , Sachin's name will continue to shine among them forever :)

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 13:37 GMT)

Deserves the award... He is truly a "Bharat Ratna" Miss you Sach... I hope you don't mean it when you said "My cricket has stopped". Hope we continue to see you on the Cricket ground like we see Saurav, Rahul and VVS!!

Posted by masoodali150 on (February 4, 2014, 13:31 GMT)

Congratulations Sachin Tendulkar from whole nation of Pakistan. A Legend always remain in memories ever after 1000 years & you are the one of them. God Bless U.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 13:28 GMT)

spoken very well, sachin is truly sachin, and there will never be another one

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