Sachin Tendulkar: More laurels for the Master
Sachin Tendulkar in his twenty two-year old career has made and broken almost all possible records, reached every known milestone and continues to inspire billions of people. During his journey he has been conferred various awards and honours not only for his contribution to the game but also bringing laurels to the country. And while the Bharat Ratna currently remains elusive the cricket legend was honoured with a nomination to the Rajya Sabha.
Sachin Tendulkar in his twenty two-year old career has made and broken almost all possible records, reached every known milestone and continues to inspire billions of people. During his journey he has been conferred various awards and honours, including being nominated to the Upper House of the Parliament, not only for his contribution to the game but also bringing laurels to the country.
While the Bharat Ratna currently remains elusive, the cricket legend was honoured with a nomination to the Rajya Sabha in April this year. He took oath as a member of the Upper House of Parliament on Monday at the chamber of Rajya Sabha Chairman Dr Hamid Ansari.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee (left) and Cricket Association of Bengal's Jagmohan Dalmiya felicitate Sachin for completing 100 international centuries. (AP Photo)
The veteran Indian batsman was presented with a giant bat with rasgollas in it. (AP Photo)
Mamata Banerjee looks on as other officials present Sachin with gifts. (AP Photo)
India's cricketing icon Sachin Tendulkar was named Cricketer of the Year at the prestigious ICC Awards, held at a glittering ceremony in Bengaluru. During the voting period, the 39-year-old from Mumbai played in 10 Test matches, striking 1,064 runs, including six centuries, at an average of 81.84. Tendulkar also played in 17 ODI matches in the time, smashing his way to 914 runs at an average 65.28 in a period that also included the master batsman's record-breaking double-century against South Africa in Gwalior.<br><br>Tendulkar was also named as the first recipient of the inaugural LG People's Choice Award and was named in both the Test and ODI Teams of the Year.
He also won 'BCCI Cricketer of the Year' award on 31 May 2011 after the World Cup win.
In October 2010, he was awarded for Outstanding Achievement in Sport and the Peoples Choice Award at The Asian Awards in London.
On 28 January 2011, he won the 'Castrol Indian Cricketer of the Year' award.
In 2010, the Indian Air Force conferred on Sachin Tendulkar the honorary rank of Group Captain to acknowledge his contribution for the country.
<b>2008:</b> Sachin Tendulkar was conferred the Padma Vibhushan, India's second-highest civilian honour.<br><br>In the same year Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar was named the best Asian One-day batsman at the inaugural Asian Cricket Council (ACC) awards ceremony. (AFP Photo)
<b>2006:</b> Tendulkar was felicitated at the Castrol Cricketing Awards ceremony for going past Sunil Gavaskar's record of 34 centuries.<br><br><b>2005:</b> He was given Rajiv Gandhi Award for Best Sportsman. (AFP Photo)
<b>2002:</b> Sachin Tendulkar played his 100th Test at The Oval. It was the fourth Test against England. In the third Test of the series at the Leeds, Sachin surpassed Sir Donald Bradman's record of 29 Test centuries.<br><br>To laud his feat, Ferrari invited Sachin Tendulkar to its paddock in Silverstone during the 2002 British Grand Prix to receive a Ferrari 360 Modena from the legendary F1 racer Michael Schumacher. (AFP Photo)
<b>2001:</b> Tendulkar awarded the 'Maharashtra Bhushan' Award and the MCA felicitates Tendulkar with a silver bat in recognition to his feat of 10000 runs in Limited Overs Internationals. (AFP Photo)
<b>1999:</b> Sachin Tendulkar awarded with prestigious Padmashri Award.<br><br><b>1997:</b> Tendulkar became the Wisden Cricketer of the Year. In 2002, Wisden ranked him the second greatest Test batsman of all time, next to Sir Donald Bradman, and the second greatest ODI batsman of all time, next to Vivian Richards.<br><br><b>1998:</b> Tendulkar won the Coopers and Lybrand Award for 'Player of the year'. (AFP Photo)
<b>1991:</b> Sachin Tendulkar was awarded with the 'Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna' which is India's highest recognition in sports.<br><br><b>1994:</b> Sachin Tendulkar was presented with the Arjuna award in 1994. Instituted in 1961, the award is given annually to honour sportsmen. The award constitutes of a cash prize of Rs 50,000, a bronze statuette of Arjuna and a scroll. (AFP Photo)
Apart from all the mentioned awards, Sachin Tendulkar is also the proud holder of the maximum number of Man of the Match (MoM) and Man of the Series (MoS) awards in the ODIs. He won 15 MoS and 62 MoM ODI awards.<br><br>In Tests, he has won MoM awards 14 times and MoS awards 5 times. (PTI Photo)
After Sachin completed his hundredth ton, Neeta and Mukesh Ambani threw a big bash at their home in his honour where A-listers from every walk of life paid their tribute to the Master. (© Photo: Milind Shelte)