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Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Sachin Tendulkar conferred with Order of Australia in Mumbai Today

Mumbai, Nov 6: Indian batting legend, Sachin Tendulkar was awarded the membership of Order of Australia here today. Simon Crean, the Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government and Minister for the Arts, presented the Little Master with the Order. (Images Below)
During the occasion, Tendulkar spoke fondly of Australians and his experiences Down Under. "They are fierce competitors and play well and hard. But they also shower you with praises when you come out and play well. In fact my favourite ground away from home is Sydney," he said.

Tendulkar, who is often compared to Don Bradman, also talked about the late Australian batting great. He said, “The most memorable trip of Australia was when I was invited by Sir Don Bradman on his 90th birthday.” He further added, “When I asked him why an average of 99.9, he replied, ‘Son, it is not bad for a 90-year-old!’" 
Since his first trip Down Under in 1991-92, Tendulkar has been on every tour to the country with the Indian team. Over the years, he has certainly endeared himself to the cricketing public there.
While recalling his experiences in Australia, Tendulkar said, “Three and a half months changed me completely and I was ready to face any attack in the world,” He further added, “Whenever I went to bat there, everybody gave me a standing ovation. I laughed at times because they all thought it would be my last trip,”
Tendulkar has thus become only the third Indian, after Mother Teresa and former Attorney General Soli Sorabjee, to receive this honour. It was announced last month itself by the Australian Prime Minister Julian Gillard that Tendulkar will be awarded the Order of Australia.
Source: bcci.tv
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Simon Crean Australian Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government, presents the membership of The Order of Australia to Indian cricketer Tendulkar in Mumbai on November 6, 2012.

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Tendulkar is not the first cricketer to be conferred the Order of Australia, as in 2009, West Indies legend Brian Lara had also been made an honorary member. The Master Blaster also thanked the Prime Minister and all the Australians for the honour.

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Sachin Tendulkar and Australia's Minister for the Arts and Regional Australia Simon Crean hold a cricket stump painted by an Australian aboriginal artist during a ceremony at a hotel in Mumbai, November 6, 2012.

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Sachin Tendulkar said that away from India, Australia is the best place he'd played cricket at and away from India, SCG was his favourite ground. He said that the three and a half months he spent in Australia during his early days changed him as a cricketer.

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Sachin Tendulkar described his visit to Sir Donald Bradman on his 90th birthday as his most memorable trip to Australia. He also narrated an anecdote from the visit - he had asked The Don why his average was just 99.94. “Come on, its (99.94) not bad for a 90-year-old man,” Bradman told him.

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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who announced Tendulkar's membership to the Order during a three-day state visit to India last month, told reporters that Tendulkar deserved the "special honour" because he was a "very special cricketer".


source: yahoo.com

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