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Updated: March 16, 2012 20:29 IST

Cricketing fraternity lauds milestone-man Tendulkar

V.V. SUBRRAHMANYAM
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All of us are proud of him and he is an absolute champion: Saurav Ganguly. File photo
PTI All of us are proud of him and he is an absolute champion: Saurav Ganguly. File photo

India’s elegant batsman V.V.S. Laxman says that Sachin Tendulkar deserves every bit of praise for what he believes is a phenomenal achievement when the batting maestro scored his 100th international century against Bangladesh in the on-going Asia Cup in Dhaka on Friday.

“It is a mind-boggling feat considering that he has been playing international cricket for almost 23 years now. We don’t normally come across players like him who after such a long-standing record still opted for an optional practice yesterday (ahead of today’s match). It shows his commitment and professionalism,” were the compliments of Laxman who shared many a memorable moment with Sachin in his 16 years of international cricket.

“The hunger to score runs at any level is what separates Sachin from the rest. I am delighted that he got his 100th century which has alluded him for almost an year,” the Hyderabadi who is on his way to Benguluru said.

“I must congratulate Sachin’s family members, friends and well-wishers who were with him right through his career. My hearty congratulations to Sachin once again on what is a red letter day in not just Indian cricket but world cricket itself,” says Laxman.

N. Shivlal Yadav, former Test off-spinner and manager of the Indian team on the recent Test tour to Australia, says: “Honestly, it is a simple case of better late than never. It was the end of a frustrating wait. I saw how intense his preparations were right through the last tour of Australia. No one could question his commitment and sincerity. It was a combination of factors which saw him miss this great feat ‘Down Under’,” Shivlal pointed out. “With this landmark achievement, Sachin should once again silence the critics who started doubting his ability.”

“I salute Sachin who is an all-time great by any means and hats off to achieving a feat which I doubt whether anyone else can even dream off,” Shivlal commented.

Former left-arm spinner S. L. Venkatapathi Raju also felt it was a “truly outstanding achievement from a great cricketer”. “What amazes me is his boyish enthusiasm even now to score runs. This is something remarkable about someone who played more than two decades at the highest level,” Raju pointed out.

PTI adds:

Accolades poured in for Sachin Tendulkar as the superstar became the first cricketer in history to score 100 international centuries.

Many of the game’s greats across the world hailed the achievement of the Indian batting maestro whose own reaction in Mirpur in Bangladesh was one of great relief. ‘It hasn’t sunk in but I have definitely lost about 50 kg”, he jokingly said after reaching the milestone.

In fact shortly before Tendulkar hit the hundred, former England captain Nasser Hussain said Sir Donald Bradman was great but “for me the greatest batsman to have ever played the game is Sachin Tendulkar“.

Another cricketing legend Sunil Gavaskar described this century—of—centuries as a “mind—boggling achievement“.

Tendulkar’s approach, focus and concentration is incredible, he added.

Sourav Ganguly, former skipper, described Tendulkar as an absolute champion and said “all of us are proud of him“.

Former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad said that Tendulkar had achieved a landmark which was not easy. “Full marks to him and congratulations on behalf of me and Pakistan cricket“.

Sri Lankan great Arjuna Ranatunga also joined in felicitating the batsman describing Tendulkar as a role model for the world.

Former Australian opener Matthew Hayden said that Tendulkar was a movement in himself. “He has been scrutinised, reflected upon. He is one of the greatest cricketers of all time. He is the King of India“.

From South Africa, former all rounder Lance Klusener said that Tendulkar was a “true champion”.

Former England captain Kevin Pietersen said Tendulkar’s feat was “absolutely unbelievable“.

“Seriously has anyone actually thought about what Sachin has done here?? 100 100’s!!!! Absolutely unbelievable..

Batters dream!” he said.

Tendulkar’s teammate Virender Sehwag tweeted: @sachin_rt paaji congratulations!Its a small thing for you but a phenomenal historic achievement. Dinner’s on me when we meet.

Many more!:

Gavaskar said Tendulkar’s appetite for runs has never diminished even after playing for so many years.

“He is always focussed, he is a perfect team—man. He has got an inquisitive mind, a mind that is prepared to learn.

That’s how you progress. Tendulkar has got the mind that he always looks to score, never satisfied and always hungry for runs,” said Gavaskar.

“Enough has been said about it so it’s not a day to talk about it. Let’s enjoy Sachin’s 100th century. It’s a phenomenal thing,” Ganguly said.

Chairman of selectors Kris Srikkanth said the hundred was a good reply to the critics who had been harping on the one—year wait that Tendulkar endured.

“It is a feat that is incomparable in any form of cricket and unparallelled in the history of this gentleman’s game. In my opinion people may criticise that Sachin had taken this long to get his 100th century. It is easy for anyone to indulge in armchair talk but they will realise the difficulties only when they go out and bat for over two decades,” he said.

“I do not deny that Sachin had missed number of centuries being in 90s but his effort in achieving the glorious feat itself speaks volume about him.

“To me, it is a moment of great delight and happiness as I was involved with him as a captain when he made his international debut and being the Chairman of Selection Committee fills the cup,” he added.

Srikkanth said Tendulkar’s humility makes him a great sportsperson.

“As a person, who had played with him and continued to be associated with him is a god given opportunity for me. I must say that I am also blessed.

“I am sure his milestone will remain for longer time than the period that he has taken to achieve it as no one is close to it. Therefore Sachin’s feat will remain for generations and be etched in the history books in golden letters,” he added.

Hayden said India’s success was still heavily reliant on Tendulkar despite the fact that the right—hander is over two decades old in international cricket.

“Performance of India revolves around him. The atmosphere and euphoria at the stadium, the buzz around the town when he is going to different places is second to none” said Hayden.

“He plays effortlessly. He always has got the methodology to score runs,” he explained.

A round of applause also came from English spinner Graeme Swann and his pace counterpart Stuart Broad.

”...well done to sachin for his 100th ton. A fair effort indeed,” tweeted Swann.

“I think ‘The Little Master’ nickname for Sachin suits him down to the ground... 100 tons is incredible,” added Broad.

Former Australian player Tom Moody said the century is a celebration of Tendulkar’s career.

“It’s remarkable. You are talking about the wait for his 100th international century but it’s an achievement over a long period of time. It’s really a celebration of his career.

“It would have been nice if he had achieved this in Sydney or Melbourne. He is very much in the twilight of his career and was under enormous pressure to achieve this miletsone. My heartiest congratulations to him,” he added.

Former Indian spinner Erapalli Prasanna said the feat is “mind—boggling“.

“It is an incredible performance and a landmark achievement incomparable in history of cricket. It is a great relief for Sachin and the cricketing fraternity as everyone was concerned as to when he will get the magical figure of 100th hundred.

“I am happy that he got it and it is not a joke for any cricketer to be playing the game for 22 years stretch and this itself is an enviable feat. At the same time, I feel he will remain in the scene and continue to break more records. We are all proud that an Indian cricketer has achieved such a feat, which will not be erased by anyone for a long period of time,” he said.

Former India captains Dilip Vengsarkar and Chandu Borde hailed it as an achievement that is likely to stand the test of time.

“It’s a golden moment for not only Sachin but also the Indian cricket. It’s a historic moment. Nobody has done it before and is the greatest milestone,” said Vengsarkar, a former chief selector.

“It’s very, very hard to beat. I’m very glad that an Indian has done it,” he added.

Another former skipper Borde also felt that the landmark appeared as if it would not be surpassed.

“Today history was created by a great player, a great innings by a great player and I don’t think this performance will be broken for many years to come, probably not ever. It appears to be a permanent record,” said Borde from Pune.

Asked whether Tendulkar would now call it a day from at least the limited overs, the 77—year—old former middle—order batsman said it was for the player himself to decide.

England player Ravi Bopara wrote on his twitter account: .

“Congrats to the Little Master. Sports greatest achievement in my eyes. Glad I chose him as my sporting hero.”

Former England skipper Michael Vaughan tweeted: “Right up there with the Greatest ever sporting achievement...Sachins 100th 100.... Can’t see it ever being repeated...#legend”

India pacer S. Sreesanth said he was proud to have played cricket with Tendulkar.

“Ur just born legend.. God bless u brother..love u always..keep going strong..,” Sreesanth tweeted.

“Proud to have played cricket with u..thanks a lot from all malayali cricketrs..from my state..for making us believe anything is possible..,” he further wrote.

IPL Bangalore franchise owner Vijay Mallya also hailed Tendulkar’s achievement.

“Congrats Sachin on 100 International centuries. A glorious World Record never to be beaten,” he tweeted.

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congrats to our legendary hero

from:  soumyamurgesh
Posted on: Mar 20, 2012 at 11:40 IST

This is for all the armchair critics. Tendulkar has scored 100 centuries which is just about what Dravid and Kallis COMBINED have accomplished.

from:  Viswanath
Posted on: Mar 17, 2012 at 12:07 IST

What a glorious celebration of Cricket, Sachin Tendulkar and his 100 centuries! This much admired role model is a gift to India and to Cricket. May he continue to play so that the celebration continues. Let him make his own choice in a context of retirement.

from:  Mark Suares
Posted on: Mar 17, 2012 at 07:31 IST

We are very fortunate to have Incredible Sachin from Incredible India for his Incredible achievements. Any description is small before him as personally and professionally he is a role model for everyone. My God! how come God gave him all the best qualities existing?

from:  Vijaya Kenche
Posted on: Mar 17, 2012 at 06:51 IST

Bitter critics of Sachin say whenever he scores a century INDIA loses.
So, has INDIA lost the games 100/100 times whenever Sachin has scored
century? For the record INDIA lost only 25 times when Sachin scored a
100, which is 25% and rest of 75% INDIA had either won or the match was
a draw (53% of matches were won). Congrats Sachin.

from:  RVKRVR
Posted on: Mar 17, 2012 at 05:57 IST

I am in USA now and feel very sad that I could not witness the match
ball by ball but very much relieved and extremely joyful to know about
the century when I woke up today morning.An incredible feat which
cannot be achieved by any one in near future.Now I hope he will
play more freely and achieve more centuries in One day matches before
gracefully announce his retirement from One day internationals.It will
be terrible loss for the cricket and by country ofcourse.I salute
you dear Sachin

from:  RR CHARI
Posted on: Mar 17, 2012 at 01:43 IST

16/03/2012 at 5.06pm BST,Dhaka,Bangladesh.
World has not seen this moment before and most unlikely it will see again.I'm lucky,I live in the same country,where Sachin Tendulkar lives.

from:  Kalyan Negal
Posted on: Mar 17, 2012 at 01:02 IST

When things went wrong... when nothing worked...with all those sad things happening around, for the past two decades one man gave us Indians pure joy, delivered happiness to every Indian home... gave us hope, ignited the winning spirit in us!!! Stand up and salute the great man!!!! God of Cricket!!!

from:  praveen
Posted on: Mar 17, 2012 at 00:55 IST

He was silent for a year fighting against tough conditions, billions expectations and critics ... he could have scored this hundred much earlier...but he made it delayed just to show that "ITs NOT SO EASY TO SCORE 100/100"... Lets celebrate Sir Sachin Tendulkar birthday as "International Cricket Day"... I Love You Ma Cricket God...

from:  Lod Tapin
Posted on: Mar 16, 2012 at 22:34 IST

An entire country (I mean Canada!) congratulates Sachin Tendulkar! A great achievement which no other may be able to achieve. You are a delightful batsman to watch. All the best to you.

from:  Mohan Menezes
Posted on: Mar 16, 2012 at 22:30 IST

He was silent for a year fighting against tough conditions, billions expectations and critics ... he could have scored this hundred much earlier...but he made it delayed just to

from:  Lod Tapin
Posted on: Mar 16, 2012 at 21:50 IST

I wonder what Kapil Dev thinks of him now.. he's been pestering Sachin
like anything. No disrespect, but my generation grew up watching Sachin
play than Kapil.

from:  Anil
Posted on: Mar 16, 2012 at 21:20 IST

tendulkar hundred is unlucky for team india. whenever he scores a
hundred india loses. last time he scored a hundred india lost the match
against south africa. he should be retired from the team now

from:  ankitkndl
Posted on: Mar 16, 2012 at 21:16 IST

Incredible performance and phenomenal achievement. Congrats to Sachin and every Indians including me. Wow!!! We made the history in cricket world. No one can dare to play 2 decades and break this record and records Sachin has achieved. Regarding the comments whether he will retire from cricket, please don't discuss this topic anymore. Wait and watch what will be adding bonus records for Indian cricket and for self. I can say there was some pressure on this 100th ton which took him 1 yr. But, taste of this achievement after long wait is remarkable. Now he will play his natural game and will do more and more...and then he will decide when to retire. If he will take a decision now for any format of the game, then it will be selfish for his personal records and as a person of dignity he will not carry this blame. We love you Sachin! Play your natural game, no pressure and we are with you always :)

from:  Rama Biswal
Posted on: Mar 16, 2012 at 20:23 IST
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