Mumbai: Cricketers in India have often enjoyed an iconic status always here. And now India's 'little master' Sachin Tendulkar has been voted as the best role model in a nationwide poll, even beating Big B.
Touching a chord after an emotional win over England, Sachin says, “I thank the England team who came to play. Mumbai attack was an attack on India and every Indian should be angry, I dedicate this century to all Indians who had to go through such terrible time." Tendulkar has been an Indian icon for a couple of decades now and this nation wide survey conducted by a health magazine is proof of that.
He was voted as the happiest Indian and a role model ahead of former president A P J Abdul Kalam and Amitabh Bachchan. The shows that Tendulkar has a special position in the minds of Indian people because of his simplicity and dedication to the game and his family.
Manoj Khatri, the publisher and editor of Complete Wellbeing health magazine said, "People have gone with the tried and tested Sachin. It is a gift to him for whatever he has given for India to be proud of.
Interestingly the poll was conducted before the series against Australia when Tendulkar wasn't in the best form and that perhaps is the greatest tribute from an adoring nation.