Sachin, Gavaskar among those felicitated by MNS on Maha eve

Updated: May 01, 2010, 10:54 AM IST

Mumbai: Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar tonight said that Maharashtra`s culture was his biggest wealth and considers himself fortunate to be born and raised in Mumbai and Maharashtra.

"Maharashtra`s culture is my biggest wealth and I consider myself fortunate to be born and raised in Mumbai and Maharashtra," Tendulkar said at the glittering extravaganza organised by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena to commemorate the Golden jubilee of the formation of Maharashtra state on Saturday.

Tendulkar was amongst the 17 prominent Marathi speaking personalities felicitated by MNS was presented with a replica of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj`s sword with a gold handle.

"Since young age my parents made me aware of the rich culture and heritage of the state and I try to pass the same values to my children," he said.

"As a cricketer my journey began at an early age starting from buses and trains of Mumbai. The conductor would charge me extra ticket for my kit bag. I consider all these experiences important and valuable," he said.

"I wanted to become cricketer because of Sunil Gavaskar," he said, adding "what is common about cricketers like Gavaskar, Vengsarkar and Shastri is that their cricket flourished on this (Maharashtra) soil".

"Maharashtrachya matit dum aahe (Maharashtra soil has lot of energy), Tendulkar said.

The four hour lavish extravaganza at suburban Andheri and highlighted the states progress in socio, cultural and economic spheres in the last 50 years.