Bangalore: India discard Irfan Pathan said that conferring Bharat Ratna on Sachin Tendulkar will inspire other sportspersons to strive for country’s highest civilian award.Tendulkar and eminent scientist Prof C N R Rao will be conferred with Bharat Ratna by President Pranab Mukherjee at a function today.
“This (awarding Bharat Ratna to Tendulkar) will inspire and motivate rest of the sportspersons to achieve India’s highest civilian award. “How much ever you cherish Sachin’s achievements, no praises is enough,” he added.Former India wicket-keeper Syed Kirmani, who was also present at the event, said it is a very proud feeling for all cricketers as one among them is being honoured with the coveted award. “I wish Sachin and rest of the sports persons, who are doing yeomen, service to their country, the very best of luck,” Kirmani said.
Pathan said that he is working hard on his fitness and hopes to perform well for Baroda in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, starting February 27.”I have been working with my physio on good programmes. I am fit and played three Ranji matches for Baroda this season. I pray to God that I stay fit in the upcoming domestic one-day matches,” Pathan told reporters at a promotional event.Baroda will take on Mumbai in their opening game on February 27.