Former cricketers Ajit Wadekar, Kapil Dev and Dilp Vengsarkar after Tendulkar’s record breaking double hundred had said that he deserves the honour.
“It’s a rare honour and whosoever have got it are not only my heroes but the heroes of the entire country. Who would not like to join that list, but my focus is on cricket. If it has to happen it will happen,” the champion batsman said at a media conference.
After his historic knock of unbeaten 200 at Gwalior, a host of current and former cricketers had said Tendulkar was greater than legendary Australian Sir Don Bradman but the Indian batting ace refused to be drawn into comparisons.
“I never believed in comparisons. I respect every individual off the field too and it’s not about only Sir Don. I respect them all. I’m happy to play for the country and am particularly happy when I do well and the team wins,” he said.