Sachin Tendulkar will receive Bharat Ratna on 4th February 2014

Former India captain and cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar will get Bharat Ratna, the country's highest civilian honour, in an awards function at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi on 4th February 2014.

According to a report, President Pranab Mukherjee will confer the award on the legendary cricketer. A rehearsal of the awards function will be held on February 3.

Tendulkar, who retired from international cricket on November 16, 2013, was chosen for Bharat Ratna honour on the same day.

The Master Blaster played his 200th and final Test against West Indies on that day at his home ground - Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Tendulkar became the first sportsperson to be picked for Bharat Ratna. He and eminent scientist Prof. CNR Rao were chosen for the award last year.

An official statement said Tendulkar has been a true Ambassador of India in the world of sports and his achievements in cricket are unparalleled, the records set by him unmatched, and the spirit of sportsmanship displayed by him exemplary.

At 40, Tendulkar is the youngest to be chosen for Bharat Ratna. He will be the 42nd recipient of the honour.
Tendulkar was also the first active sportsperson to become a Rajya Sabha member last year. The Bharat Ratna was announced after a gap of four years with Hindustani music doyen Bhimsen Joshi being the last recipient in 2009.

The legend cricketer has already received Padma Vibhushan (2008), Padma Shri (1999), Arjun Award (1994) and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (1997-98).

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