Saina: Sachin can do the impossible

Saina Nehwal threw her weight behind conferring Sachin Tendulkar the Bharat Ratna, saying the iconic batsman is 'most deserving'.
"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 told PTI.

"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.

"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 score 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.

Sania Mirza: I'm proud to be born in Sachin era

Meanwhile, Indian tennis star Sania Mirza said that she feels honoured to have been born in an era which saw the emergence of iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar.

"For me it is a matter of pride that I have been born in the age in the which Tendulkar is playing", she said.

"Sachin Tendulkar is not just the star of the country but also of the world," she said adding that not just for players but also for the common people he is a great source of inspiration.

Asked if "Bharat Ratna", the highest civilian honour of the Country, should be bestowed on Tendulkar who completed his 50th test century in South Africa recently, Sania said that it was a decision that has to be taken by the government.

Tendulkar hit his 50th Test century in South Africa recently and there has been demands for honouring him with the Bharat Ratna from all quarters including politicians.


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