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Tendulkar to be given Australia honour

“This is a very special honour very rarely awarded to someone who is not an Australian citizen or an Australian national.” -Photo by AFP

NEW DELHI: India's record-breaking batsman Sachin Tendulkar is to be conferred with membership of the Order of Australia, visiting Prime Minister Julia Gillard said in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Gillard, currently on a three-day state visit to India, told reporters that Tendulkar deserved the “special honour” because he was a “very special cricketer”.

“Cricket is of course a great bond between Australia and India. We are both cricket-mad nations,” she said.

“I am very pleased that we are going to confer on Sachin Tendulkar the membership of the Order of Australia.

“This is a very special honour very rarely awarded to someone who is not an Australian citizen or an Australian national.”

The award will be conferred on the 39-year-old Tendulkar during Australian minister Simon Crean's upcoming visit to India, Gillard said.

There was no immediate comment from Tendulkar, who is in South Africa representing the Mumbai Indians team in the Twenty20 Champions League.

Tendulkar has scored a world record Test (15,553) and one-day (18,426) runs and has also compiled an unprecedented 100 international centuries.

West Indies batting great Brian Lara was honoured with the membership of the Order of Australia in 2009.

Former attorney-general Soli Sorabjee is the only other Indian to have received the award.

Tendulkar's popularity in Australia was cemented when legendary cricketer Don Bradman said he was reminded of his own batting after watching the Indian play.

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Comments (3) Closed

Oct 17, 2012 11:48am
outstanding achievement by Sachin Tendulkar. greatest cricketer of the millennium. hope sachin play for another few years add on more runs abd centuries to his record profile.if sachin score another 5000 runs and add on to his profile total in both forms of cricket in that case no one could break his records of ton's for centuries.he is the best and the greatest.hope he keeps his fitness level the same until next world cup.
Paras Dilliwaala
Oct 16, 2012 05:01pm
Congratulations Little Master!
Oct 16, 2012 12:19pm
I am a Pakistani and a cricket lover. Since the time of Pakistan's entry into Test arena, i have been a fan and admirer of good Indian cricketers. This list includes Sunil Gavaskar, Bishen Singh Bedi, M S Dhoni, and now Kohli. But, the name of Sachin Tendulkar is special. It stands out as one name from this subcontinent which we feel proud of.