Mumbai: Legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar was conferred with the membership of Order of Australia (AM), here on Tuesday. The cricketer was presented with the Order by Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government and Minister for the Arts - Simon Crean.
Thanking Crean, Tendulkar said Australians are fierce competitors but also shower you with praises when you play well. "They are fierce competitors and play well and hard. But they also shower you with praises when you come out and play well. In fact my favourite ground away from home is Sydney," he said adding that his most memorable trip to Australia was when he met Sir Donald Bradman. "When I asked him why a strike rate of 99.9, he replied: Son, it is not bad for a 90-year-old."
Australian Prime Minister Julian Gillard had announced that the Order of Australia would be conferred on Tendulkar during her visit to India last month.