Sachin Tendulkar for Bharat Ratna | Sachin Tendulkar Bharat Ratna Award

Sachin Tendulkar for Bharat Ratna | Sachin Tendulkar Bharat Ratna Award

Sachin's double-hundred against South Africa in Gwalior has not only silenced his critics, but clean bowled the Shiv Sena, which had taken on the iconic batsman over his "Mumbai for all" remark.

"Hundred crore people of this country have already crowned Sachin as Bharat Ratna," said Sena chief, Mr Bal Thackeray, in an editorial in party mouthpiece 'Saamana'.

"Shivaji Maharaj used to vanquish Moghuls on battlefield. Similarly, Sachin is a warrior on cricket battlefield. Such warriors are born only in Maharashtra," Mr Thackeray said.

"Shivaji wielded the sword. Similarly, Sachin wields the bat," the editorial said. "Sachin does not need anyone's recommendation to be awarded Bharat Ratna. He is already one," it said.

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