Tokyo Paralympics: Sachin Tendulkar hails gold medallist Pramod Bhagat as an “inspiration to the world” – India had a successful campaign at the Tokyo Paralympics, winning a record 19 medals, more than the tally of the previous Paralympic appearances combined. That medal haul brought in five golds, with Pramod Bhagat becoming the first Indian badminton Paralympian to finish on the podium. Bhagat’s heroics were received well over the country and by Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, who hailed him as an inspiration to the world.
Tokyo Paralympics gold medallist Pramod Bhagat took to social media on Thursday to share pictures from his interaction with Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar. Bhagat heartily wrote, “Childhood dream comes true! I can’t believe how happy I am today. As a kid I took inspiration from sir @sachin_rt. The words you spoke to me today will stay with me forever & will keep inspiring me for life. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I will be sleepless tonight. “
CHILDHOOD DREAM COMES TRUE!
I can’t believe how happy I am today
as a kid I took inspiration from Sir @sachin_rt
The words you spoke to me today will stay with me forever & will keep inspiring me for life.
I thank you from the bottom of my heart ❤️
I will be sleepless tonight 😍 pic.twitter.com/KdssKlFqij
— Pramod Bhagat (@PramodBhagat83) September 8, 2021
He had earlier shared on his Instagram story, “I can’t believe how happy I am today. I always imagined that I would get a chance one day to meet you. I also wished that day should come post the biggest achievement of my life and God aligned all the stars for me.”
Sachin Tendulkar meanwhile shared the same sentiment after meeting the Paralympian at his residence in Mumbai. Tendulkar responded to the 33-year-old’s tweet saying, “Even I was delighted to meet you, Pramod. It pleased me to know about your childhood. What you did for your country at the Paralympics is a very big achievement. You are a source of inspiration for the entire world, not only for India. Continue shining our country’s reputation in a similar fashion in the future!”
मुझे भी आपसे मिलकर बहुत खुशी हुई प्रमोद और आपके बचपन के बारे में जानकर बहुत अच्छा लगा।
आपने जो देश के लिए किया है वह बहुत बड़ी सफलता है।
आप भारत ही नहीं, पूरी दुनिया के लिए प्रेरणा के स्रोत हैं।
ऐसे ही 🇮🇳 का नाम ऊंचा करते रहो! 😃🏸 https://t.co/mVYWWjCxAq
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 9, 2021
Pramod Bhagat bagged India’s first-ever badminton gold medal at the Games, Olympics or Paralympics, after beating Great Britain’s Daniel Bethell 21-14, 21-17 in the men’s singles SL3 event at the Tokyo Paralympic Games last Saturday.