Union Minister and Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association president Farooq Abdullah on Tuesday said conferring Bharat Ratna to Sachin Tendulkar was a big day for cricket as he made India shine in the game.
"It (awarding Sachin with Bharat Ratna by President today) is big day for cricket. Today big people including one top scientist and another Sachin Tendulkar are getting Bharat Ratna," Abdullah told reporters in Jammu.
"It is a big thing for Indian cricket, because he made India shine in the world of cricket," he added.
Abdullah awarded Parveez Rasool-led Ranji team of Jammu and Kashmir here on Tuesday.
"Farooq gave away momentos and cheques worth Rs 35 lakh to players and team officials for their best performance in reaching to quarterfinals in Ranji last year," JKCA Press and Media in-charge Ranjeet Kalra said.
"The day was chosen keeping in mind the significance of the day as Sachin was awarded with Bharat Ratna by President today," Kalra said.
Tendulkar and eminent scientist Prof CNR Rao were conferred the Bharat Ratna at a brief function at Rashtrapati Bhavan's Durbar Hall in New Delhi on Tuesday.
Tendulkar, who retired from international cricket last year, is the first sportsman to be bestowed with the honour.