Actor Anil Kapoor has lauded the government's decision to confer the country's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, on Sachin Tendulkar and says it is a great send-off to the Master Blaster.
"I was very happy when I came to know that Sachin (Tendulkar) has been honoured with the Bharat Ratna. I think he deserves the award," Anil told reporters.
"He is one of the greatest Indians. As a sportsman, he is the greatest. He is the greatest cricketer of the world. I think it is a great send off and nothing could be greater for a sportsman who has dedicated his life honestly and truthfully to the game," he added.
Sachin bid adieu to international cricket after playing his 200th Test at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai last week.
The 40-year-old made an emotional speech before the packed Wankhede Stadium and paid respect to the game he loves by touching the turf of the ground where he made his Ranji Trophy debut in 1988.
Anil, who got an opportunity to meet Tendulkar personally, is floored by his down-to-earth attitude.
"I have been very, very fortunate to have met him, spent some time with him and spoken to him. He is a very down-to-earth, very, very understanding person. He has become more humble with the success coming his way," he said.