Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna on Thursday said Sachin Tendulkar was like "a saint who had dedicated his life to cricket."
"The glory he brought to the country through his cricketing feats can never be forgotten," Bahuguna said here when asked to comment on the legendary cricketer's retirement from the game.
The records that stand in his name will inspire cricketing geniuses of the future, he said.
The fact that he is playing his 200th test match shows his exemplary fitness levels, Bahuguna said.
He further added that, “Mothers of children who secure 75 per cent marks or more in board examinations of Uttarakhand will be honoured with Kamla Nehru Award.”
“Parents especially mothers play a great role in the education of their children and the growth of their personalities.
A cash reward will also be given to such mothers besides the award, he said.
The chief minister also said the amount given as reward to meritorious students will be doubled.
He asked parents to encourage their children to pursue a career as per their own aptitude and choice.