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Tendulkar poised for knighthood

January 21, 2008

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on his two-day official visit to India suggested that Sachin Tendulkar could soon be honoured with knighthood making him the first Indian player to receive the title.

"It used to be the case that great cricketers from the Commonwealth would be recognised by the British people through our honoured system -- we think of Sir Don Bradman or Sir Gary Sobers," Brown said in New Delhi on Sunday.

He said there was a time when top cricketers from the countries in the grouping would be recognised by the British people through its honoured system.

"But I believe it was a good tradition to celebrate the achievements of the great Commonwealth cricketers -- it shows we are good sports and I would like to see some of the great players of the modern era -- like Sachin Tendulkar -- proposed for honorary awards -- so the British nation can salute their achievements in one of our national sports," he added.

Brown also congratulated India on what he described as its "famous victory" over Australia "so away from home" in the third Test in Perth.

Video courtesy: ANI

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