Adelaide, Jan 26 (UNI) Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, who has been awarded the Padma Vibhushan, today said achieving India's second highest civilian honour was like a 'dream realised.' ''I have won many awards and trophies but this is right at the top,'' Tendulkar said. ''It's truly a great honour to accept this award as this is recognized by the government of India. I have played for so many years and when government of India recognises your effort, gives you the second highest civilian award in the country, it's very, very special.'' According to the master blaster, it was his wife who broke the news to him.
''... I came to know about it yesterday through my wife. I was extremely excited by it but since I was in the middle of the match, it was important to keep my focus on the game,'' he said.
Sachin congratulated the other awardees. ''I want to take this opportunity to congratulate other awardees. It's fantastic to be in the same list,'' he said. ''It means a lot to me to get this award alongside such great personalities. It's truly something which I can only dream of.'' Sachin was among five other top sportspersons, including chess Grandmaster and world champion Viswanathan Anand to have been selected for the the awards.
Star footballer Bhaichung Bhutia and swimmer Bula Chowdhury were named for the Padma Shri while the late Edmund Hillary, the first to scale Mt Everest, would get Padma Vibhushan award posthumously.
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