Mumbai, Nov 7 () : Master batsman Sachin Tendulkar was honoured on Tuesday with the Order of Australia by Simon Crean, Australia’s Minister for Regional Australia.
The “Order of Australia” honour is rarely awarded to a non-Australian. It is awarded to Tendulkar for his service to the India-Australia relationship by promoting friendship, sportsmanship and goodwill through sport.
The award was presented by Simon Crean at a function in Mumbai on Tuesday. Tendulkar is the second Indian to get this honour after Attorney General Soli Sorabjee. Earlier, the award “Order of Australia” was announced by the Prime Minister of Australia last month during her India visit.
Sachin Tendulkar was presented with a medal and a stump, made by indigenous tribes in Australian Tiwi Islands. Asking about his memorable tour to Australia, Tendulkar said, “My most memorable trip to Australia was when I was invited by Sir Bradman on his ninetieth birthday.”
The master batsman talked about how the Australian spectators gave him a warm reception whenever he went in to bat. According to Sachin Tendulkar, other than India, he enjoys himself in playing in Australia, Sydney being his favourite ground.
Tendulkar also pointed out that when he was 18 years, he spent more than three months playing against Australia, which changed him as a cricketer. He further added that he dreamt of playing against Australia since he was a 12-year-old boy.
Sachin is considered as the greatest batsman in cricketing history and produced more than 30,000 runs for his crown. He has scored 18,426 runs in 463 ODIs 15,533 runs in 190 Tests.
The master blaster thanked the Prime Minister and all the Australians for the honour. However, the decision of honouring with the award was criticised by many Australians. Former Australian cricketer Matthew Hayden told the Order of Australia should be exclusively honoured to his countrymen only. Other Australians also echoed Hayden’s view. Crean explained that the similar awards had also been given to West Indies players, Clive Lloyd and Brain Lara, who were not from Australia.