From Ferrari to son Arjun: Sachin's top 10 off-field controversies
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Ferrari import tax
In commemorating Tendulkar's feat of equalling Don Bradman's 29 centuries in Test Cricket, automotive giant Ferrari invited Tendulkar to its paddock in Silverstone on the eve of the British Grand Prix on 23 July 2002, to receive a Ferrari 360 Modena from the F1 world champion Michael Schumacher.
On 4 September 2002 India's then finance minister Jaswant Singh wrote to Tendulkar telling him that the government will waive customs duty imposed on the car as a measure to applaud his feat.
However the rules at the time stated that the customs duty can be waived only when receiving an automobile as a prize and not as a gift.
When the move to waive customs duty became public in July 2003, political and social activists protested the waiver and filed a PIL in the Delhi High Court.
With the controversy snowballing, Fiat India agreed to pay the import duty.
- 3 of 11Cake ControversySachin Tendulkar found himself at the centre of another controversy following a report that he had cut a cake in the colours of the national flag during the Indian team's stay in the West Indies in 2007.A photograph had emerged of Tendulkar with a knife about to cut the cake in the presence of Indian High Commissioner to Jamaica K L Agrawal.BCCI reacted that the incident should not be blown out of proportion as Tendulkar was a person who would never show any disrespect to the national flag.(pic courtesy: hedlinesindia.com)
- 4 of 11MonkeygateThe "Monkeygate" scandal from the SCG Test will forever haunt Sachin Tendulkar as he was key party involved in addition to the main players - Symonds, Harbhajan and Hayden in 2008.The row escalated after Symonds accused Harbhajan of racially abusing him. Tendulkar was among the players who appeared as witnesses in the case, and stated that the feisty off--spinner merely used a Hindi abuse which sounded like 'monkey'.Tendulkar's role had been criticised by former Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist, who in his book 'True Colours', described the appeal as a "joke
- 5 of 11Kambli- SachinVinod Kambli, who started off his career with a flourish but fizzled out after numerous comebacks, had recently stirred a controversy by accusing his close friend Sachin Tendulkar of not helping him enough in a TV reality show.Kambli initially denied having made such a comment against Tendulkar but a brief video footage of the programme showed that the former cricketer had indeed made such a remark.
- 6 of 11Sachin vs Bal ThackerayIn an article in the Shiv Sena mouthpiece, party chief Bal Thackeray had hit out at Sachin Tendulkar on comments he made to the media .Sachin had said "Mumbai belongs to India. That is how I look at it. I am a Maharashtrian and I am extremely proud of that. But, I am an Indian first"In the editorial published in Saamna, Thackeray targeted Tendulkar saying: "You said you are proud of being Marathi but are an Indian first. This has hurt the Marathi people. From the cricket pitch you have entered the political pitch. You also said that all Indians have an equal right on Mumbai. What was the need for this? You have become "run-out" on the Marathi pitch. People praise you when you hit fours and sixes. But if you speak against the rights of Marathi people, they will not tolerate it."
- 7 of 11Bharat RatnaHe had been recommended for the receipt of the Bharat Ratna award, in fact it was also speculated that the criteria for the award of the Bharat Ratna was changed to allow him receive the award.Though most of the cricketers and fans lauded the move, there were many who were up in arms with Sachin’s nomination for Bharat Ratna.While some claimed it was too premature a move by the government, many felt, hockey legend Masjor Dhyanchand should be the first sportsperson to receive the honour.Press Council Chairperson Justice Markandey Katju went on to say said that giving Bharat Ratna to cricketers and film stars, who have "no social relevance", is making a "mockery" of the award.
- 8 of 11Order of AustraliaOn her visit to India in October, it was the Australian Prime Minister, Julian Gillard who conferred The Order of Australia award to Master Blaster.The award didn’t go down too well with Australian cricketer Matthew Hayden.An upset Hayden reacted “I think the honour should be exclusive to Australians. There are things that are sacred amongst our country. I understand the point that he is an iconic figure. If Sachin was living in Australia – give him the Prime Minister’s gong I reckon – but the reality of it is he’s living in India.”
- 9 of 11The Controversial AdvertisementA poorly conceived advertisement featuring Indian cricketers, triggered a controversy, with complaints being sent to the Board of Control for Cricket in IndiaThe ad showed Sachin Tendulkar conducting the last rites for a family seated at a dining table.With the advertisement drawing flak, Tendulkar ensured that it was replaced by a different version
- 10 of 11Sachin's New Home ControversySachin Tendulkar had been imposed a fine of Rs 4.75 lakh by the BMC after he moved into his 79 crore dream house located in Bandra without an Occupancy Certificate (OC).Sachin decided to end the controversy surrounding his occupancy in his ground plus four-storey bungalow on Perry Cross Road at Bandra and paid Rs. 4.75 lakh as penalty to BMC
- 11 of 11Arjun Tendulkar ControversyThe selection of master blaster Sachin Tendulkar’s son Arjun in the Mumbai Under-14 team for West Zone league matches went viral sparked a new controversy.According to the media reports, several deserving budding cricketers were left out.