Cricket’s most prolific run-scorer Sachin Tendulkar is to receive India’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna award. The announcement came just hours after he bowed out of the game after playing in his 200th Test Match.
He made his debut as a 16-year-old against Pakistan in 1989 and a year later scored his first Test century against England. In a career lasting 24 years he became the sports most prolific run-scorer winning the respect and plaudits not just for his batting talent but also for his spirit of sportsmanship. He became a role model for India’s youth and the sport of cricket worldwide with his impeccable image on and off the field.
He is the first sportsman to be honoured with the Bharat Ratna award. Speculation remains he may pursue a political career. He was nominated to India’s upper house last year.