Eager to share their praise for the legend and his record, our readers tell others what they think about arguably the greatest batsman ever…

Greatest ever

Times of the bandwagon. Greatest or not, we find that Sachin's the biggest table-turner, crashes stakes and battles odds.

KARTKIK PURU (via Twitter)

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None as good

What an innings from Sachin Tendulkar. He proved that age is not a factor if you have the passion for the game. Even the critics would have loved the innings he played. Each and every shot was a treat to watch. I felt that the ODIs and Tests were getting boring after introduction of T20. But I took that back after watching this particular innings from Sachin. But I feel this not the end. More 200's and records will follow in the future. But none will be as good as Sachin's innings. Long live the Legend. Kudos to Sachin...

SHANKAR NARAYANAN

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God man

The only sources through which I know cricket are newspapers and my father. Basically, to people like me who know very little about cricket, Cricket = Sachin Tendulkar! Just a few months ago people wanted him to retire. Maybe that is what kindled Sachin to perform so well! Well, is Sachin the greatest batsmen ever? Technically I know nothing about him, but I know that Hayden, one of the greatest cricket players said, “I have seen God, he bats for India at no.4 in tests”! I guess that says enough.

NANDHITHA HARIHARAN, Std XI, Chettinad Vidyashram

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‘Ton'dulkar

Sachin is the greatest batsman ever; unsurpassable talent; insatiable thirst for more. Descriptions just go on, especially in light of his recent achievement. There is an aura surrounding Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. I think the secret lies in his dedication. His age is a mere inconsequential statistic. Cricket for him is exactly what it was when he made his debut as a shy 16-year-old — a fiery passion. It drives him. It fuels him when he is low. It makes him rise on bad days. Whether that makes him the best or not is debatable but such labels are beyond this legend.

YASHASVINI RAJESHWAR

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Recorded forever

After so much hard played cricket, we still feel he has a lot of cricket left in him and his best is yet to come. He is probably the only cricketer whose arrival in the middle would put millions of lips into silent prayer. The fact which fascinates me is that, still at the age of 36, he runs like a leopard and he has the eye of a tiger and most importantly he still has the hungry to score tons and tons of runs. If at all Tendulkar feels its time to quit, I think the record books can close!! As hardcore Sachin Tendulkar fans, we would love to congratulate the God of cricket for the 200-run achievement and as a matter of fact, if at all there is one batting record Tendulkar dint go over, its Brian Lara's 400 runs in an innings. It isn't far away, Lara beware!! In Toto, its tough being the man!

Disclaimer: Please do not try to imitate Tendulkar or try going behind his records, it may prove fatal!!

PRAVEEN IYER, III Year, Information Technology, Rajalakshmi Engineering College.

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Better than Sachin?

Could he play till he is 40? If Sanath Jayasurya can, he too can. A 100 centuries? Hell yes! Bradman's tally of six consecutive hundreds? Another possibility, but one that may prove to be the greatest challenge. Overcoming Lara's tally of 400*? This one, not even Tendulkar will be able to answer. If he doesn't get one ever in his career, it would make an iota of a difference to a splendid career.

Now comes the million dollar question — is Sachin greater than Sir Don and Sir Viv Richards? I definitely say he is. But can anyone better the little master? Now that's a question worth debating about!

ASHWATH RAM G., II Year, B.Tech Biotechnology, St. Joseph's College of Engineering

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More to come

It was nearly 21 years ago when the world witnessed the dawn of a rising star in Peshawar. It was the India vs. Pak ODI in which Sachin Tendulkar whacked two sixes off Mushtaq Ahmed. That was the day and this is the day. Sachin never looked back.

Sachin is basically a taciturn person who likes to speak more with his bat. With total focus in the game and avoiding controversies; he achieved the title "MASTER BLASTER". ‘Jai Ho!' for Sagacious Sachin. We hope that he performs even better and touches unattainable heights.

V. VIVEK KUMAR DADHICH, First Year, B.Sc. Chemistry, Loyola College

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