Noida: Welcoming the government's move to confer Bharat Ratna on Sachin Tendulkar, legendary athlete Milkha Singh on Saturday said the just-retired cricketer deserved the honour as he has been a role model of the youth in the country. (Read: Sachin should not join politics, says Milkha Singh)
Milkha said that despite being such a phenomenally successful cricketer, Tendulkar remained grounded as a man of immense humility and that sets him apart from other great sportspersons.
"He (Tendulkar) has been a role model. I have met Sachin Tendulkar several times and whenever I see him, I was amazed at his humility. Despite his immense success as a sportsperson, he remained grounded. His success did not go into his head. That sets him apart (from other successful sportspersons)," Milkha, who missed out of on a bronze in the 400m race in 1960 Rome Olympics by a whisker, said.