New Delhi: As announced last month by the Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar conferred on Tuesday with the membership of the Order of Australia. This honour is rarely awarded to non-Australians.
Australian Minister for regional Australia, Regional development and Local government and Minister for the Arts Simon Crean awarded Sachin this prestigious Australian award. After getting this award Sachin became the second Indian after former Attorney General Soli Sorabjee to receive this honour.
After getting the award, Sachin was speaking to the media. Sachin praised the spirit of the Australians. He also labelled them as fierce competitors. Sachin said that, “the three and a half months he spent in Australia during his early days changed him as a cricketer.
“Three and a half months changed me completely and I was ready to face any attack in the world,” said Tendulkar. Sachin also remembered some of the unforgettable moments in his life. His meeting with legendary cricketer Sir Don Bradman was one of the moments.
Last month during her visit to India, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard had announced that Sachin Tendulkar would be conferred the membership of the Order of Australia.
Sachin is the only second Indian after former Attorney General Soli Sorabjee were conferred for his service to Australia-India bilateral legal relations with this honour in 2006.
Julia Gillard had told reporters when she was on tour of India, “Cricket is of course a great bond between Australia and India. We are both cricket-mad nations. I am very pleased that we are going to confer on Sachin Tendulkar, membership of the order of Australia (AM).”
Gillard also said that, “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 him by cabinet Minister Simon Crean when he visits India,” she said.
“So, a special honour and a very special recognition of such a great batsman. The honour is very special and Sachin is a very special cricketer.”Gillard said.
Sachin Tendulkar had some opposition after Gillard announced that Sachin will be conferred as membership of the order of Australia. Former Aussie opener Matthew Hayden criticised Aussie PM’s act. Some other Aussie players and politicians also protested this decision. But former Aussie Wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist supported this decision and also had said that “Because of the Sachin, cricketing relations in the two countries have tremendously improved.
Sachin Tendulkar is considered to be the best batsman in modern cricket. He has almost every record in the sport under his belt. Sachin has 15,533 runs in 190 Tests besides a mammoth 18,426 runs in 463 ODIs.