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Sachin deserves Bharat Ratna: Saina

Last updated on: December 22, 2010 20:36 IST

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India's ace shuttler Saina Nehwal on Wednesday threw her weight behind conferring Sachin Tendulkar the Bharat Ratna, saying the iconic batsman is the most deserving sportsperson to receive the country's highest civilian award.

"Sachin is the best and he is capable of doing the impossible. He is getting younger with age and at his peak now. I think he will keep playing for many more years. He deserves to get the Bharat Ratna," Saina said.

"I am sure he will break many more records in future and become the most famous legend ever," she added.

Saina said she takes inspiration from the iconic batsman and hopes to reach an equally prestigious position in badminton someday in her career.


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"Sachin is an inspiration. The focus and confidence with which he plays is amazing. Look at his performance, it is fantastic. He has played for more than 21 years and still every time he bats, he scores so many runs," she said.

"I'm just a kid in front of him. But I want to do well in my field and may be in another 10-11 years, if I can win enough tournaments, I too might someday hope to win the prestigious award (Bharat Ratna)," she said.

Saina is currently nursing a ligament injury, which forced her to skip the Indian Open Grand Prix in Hyderabad and the Indian ace said she would be back to the court soon.

"It has been one week since I pulled out of Indian Open. The swelling and pain is still there. I am undergoing treatment, hopefully I should be fine soon," she said.


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