sachin awarded bharat ratna

Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar was today chosen for the prestigious Bharat Ratna, the country's highest civilian award, making him the first sportsperson to be bestowed with the honour.Sachin Tendulkar

The 40-year-old icon, who called time who retired from international career today, was chosen for the top award soon after his farewell Test against the West Indies ended in Mumbai.

A brief statement issued by Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson Venu Rajamony said that 'President has awarded the Bharat Ratna to Tendulkar, who retired from the International cricket today'.

Tendulkar bows out as the most successful batsman in international cricket with 15,921 runs in 200 Tests. In his ODI career, which he needed last year, Tendulkar amassed 18,426 runs in 463 matches.

The award is a perfect send-off gift to Tendulkar whose career spanned 24 years making him an inspiration for an entire generation of cricketers.

Tendulkar, who became the first active sportsperson to become a Rajya Sabha member last year, is being given the honour along with Professor C N R Rao, the man behind India's maiden Mars mission.

The Bharat Ratna is being conferred after a gap of years with classical vocalist Pandit Bhimsen Joshi being the last recipient.

Bharat Ratna is India's highest civilian award, given for performance of highest order in any field of human endeavour. The award has been conferred on 41 people till date.

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