Master blaster from the Indian cricket team, Sachin Tendulkar is set to achieve another landmark in his cricketing career. Sachin Tendulkar would be conferred the membership of the Order of Australia, an honour “rarely” awarded to non-Australians on Tuesday.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard had announced to give ‘Order of Australia’ to Sachin during her visit to India in October this year.
Sachin Tendulkar, the 39-years-old cricketer is the only second Indian to be honour with this award after former Attorney General Soli Sorabjee.
Former Attorney General Soli Sorabjee was made an Honorary Member of the Order of Australia (AM) “for service to Australia-India bilateral legal relations” in 2006.
Talking to media, Julia Gillard said, “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)”
Further, the Australian Prime Minister said, “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.”
Meanwhile, Sachin Tendulkar has scored 15,533 runs in 190 Tests besides a mammoth 18,426 runs in 463 ODIs.