Sachin ‘Bharat Ratna’ Tendulkar?
New Delhi: The list of numerous accolades won by Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar might just swell up today with its most precious possession till date.
According to reports, Sachin is almost certain to be honoured with India’s highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna.
If he wins, Sachin’s this feat, like his numerous other achievements, would be another first as no other sportsperson has ever won the Bharat Ratna.
Sachin’s name for the honor has also been recommended, reportedly, by the Government of India, which makes the possibility of his winning stronger than ever before this time around.
Talking to reporters, Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni said:
"It is my desire that Sachin gets Bharat Ratna."
The demand to decorate the batting maestro with the Bharat Ratna was first made way back in the year 2003 by the Shiv Sena and seconded by the then Human Resource Development (HRD) minister Murli Manohar Joshi.
Voices in favour of Sachin have gained momentum after he became the first batsman in the history of one-day international cricket to score a double hundred. He achieved the feat in a game against South Africa at Gwalior in February 2010.
When asked about the demands to bestow him with the honour, Sachin reacted in his familiar modest style:
"It is a rare honour but I am focusing on cricket. If it has to happen, it will happen," he had said.
The list of winners of the coveted award is expected to be made public today.