New Delhi: Sports Minister Ajay Maken wished Sachin Tendulkar luck as the iconic batsman gears up for his 100th international century when India take on England in the four Test series starting at the Lord's on Thursday.

"I would like to wish Sachin Tendulkar all the best for his 100th international hundred," said Maken on Wednesday.

"But not only Sachin, I would like also like to wish the other members of the Indian team all the very best," he added.

Tendulkar has a chance to mark the 2,000th Test at the Mecca of Cricket. The 38-year-old veteran has scored 51 Test hundreds and 48 ODI centuries during his 21-year long illustrious career.

Meanwhile, the Minister also informed that he had written to the Home Ministry to include sports excellence as an area of recognition for the Bharat Ratna.

"I have written to the Home Minister P Chidambaram to give Bharat Ratna to all sportspersons. I have asked the Home Ministry to include sports as an area of recognition for the Bharat Ratna. I hope a sportsperson soon gets the Bharat Ratna," said Maken.

In a recent communication to Home Minister P Chidambaram, Maken wrote: "The undiluted binding effect of sports in our pluralistic society and nation, singularly surpasses any other idea that acts as a cohesive force and nurtures our national pride. It has indeed become one of the most potent tools of involving our youth and citizens away from divisive tendencies." "It indeed helps our younger generations work towards getting more laurels and medals for the country."


(Agencies)