Panaji (Goa) [India], Sept. 30 (ANI): Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has asserted that Mumbai-born and raised Indian cricket stars whose surnames end with the suffix ‘kar’ originally hail from Goa. He said players like Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar and Dilip Vengsarkar all originally hail from his state.Also Read - Hope Virat Kohli Wins T20 World Cup & Signs Off as India T20I Captain on High: Dilip Vengsarkar

Parrikar made the statement while speaking at the Dilip Sardessai Sports Excellence award function in Panaji yesterday. Also Read - Farah Khan Tests Positive For Coronavirus Despite Being Double Vaccinated, Says 'I Didn't Put My Kaala Teeka'

Parrikar said “All top Indians in cricket have ‘kar’. That is (from) Goa or greater Goa. That is Gavaskar, Vengsarkar, you will find their original, four hundred years back, till the Portuguese drove them out. They may not be born in Goa, but they are Goans by genetics”. (ANI) Also Read - Goa Extends Lockdown Till Sept 6 With Certain Relaxations: Check What’s Allowed, What’s Not

This is published unedited from the ANI feed.