The eligibility criteria for the Bharat Ratna award has been changed, which makes Sachin Tendulkar eligible for the highest civilian award. But this rule change did not happen overnight.
For the last one and a half year, people from different walks of life have been voicing their opinion on the same. We take a quick look at who said what:
Yuvraj Singh (Teammate): Sachin Tendulkar should get Bharat Ratna for his services to the game and he deserve it the most
Asha Bhosle (Singer): Sachin should get Bharat Ratna. He deserves it. He has been bringing laurels for the country for such a long time. He is not just a batsman but an artist. When he bats it looks as if somebody is playing a 'raga'.
Sourav Ganguly (Former Teammate): Sachin is a Bharat Ratna. There is no doubt that he should be conferred the Bharat Ratna award.
Rajiv Shukla (IPL Chairman): Sachin has made entire India proud by his wonderful play and sportsmanship. Sachin must be given Bharat Ratna as he deserves it
Lata Mangeshkar (Singer): For me, he is the real Bharat Ratna for years. Whatever he has done for the country, very few people can do. He deserves this honour. He has made all of us feel proud.
MS Dhoni (Teammate): Sachin is an ideal candidate, he has served the country for 21 years with a few more to come. As a cricketer, you know, if he doesn't get it, then I don't think there's anyone who'll get the Bharat Ratna ever.
Kapil Dev (Former Indian cricketer): Sachin has touched several milestones during his 20-year career in the international cricket. He certainly deserves the Bharat Ratna. We will be very happy if he gets the highest honour of the country
Ajit Wadekar (Former Indian cricketer): If any one has to be given Bharat Ratna it is Sachin Tendulkar since it is he who deserves the most. Sachin is the Kohinoor diamond of the game of cricket. This cricketer has unmatched talent and you can't find another Tendulkar ever. I think, he should have got the Bharat Ratna.
Bal Thackeray (Shiv Sena Supremo): Hundred crore people of this country have already crowned Sachin as Bharat Ratna.
Viswanathan Anand (Chess Player): Sure, he has done a great job.