Sachin Tendulkar remained grounded despite immense success: Milkha Singh

Milkha Singh says it would have been better had the government conferred the Bharat Ratna on hockey wizard Dhyan Chand before Sachin Tendulkar.

updated: November 23, 2013 20:28 IST
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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.

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