Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday congratulated iconic cricketer Sachin Tendulkar for achieving a historic 100th international century against Bangladesh during the Asia Cup match in Mirpur.
“I join the nation in congratulating Sachin Tendulkar on making a historic hundred centuries. He has made India proud,” a release from the PMO stated.
Apart from his close friend Shane Warne, cricket legends such as Sir Vivian Richards, former Australian captain Ian Chappell, Ian Botham, Rahul Dravid, Keven Pietersen and Tony Greig were among those who paid glowing tributes to the champion batsman.
Shane Warne: Congrats to Sachin. Just awesome buddy; please press no retirement Q's and let Sachin enjoy the moment,” Warne tweeted.
Ian Botham: Well played Sachin the little master...!!!
Kevin Pietersen: Seriously has anyone actually thought about what Sachin has done here?? 100 100's!!!! Absolutely unbelievable. Batters dream!
Ian Chappell: The skill, the tenacity and the competitive urge still flows freely through the veins of Tendulkar. He seemed destined to conquer the batting Mount Everest from the moment it was said about him when he was just 17 and scored his first Test century at Old Trafford.
Sir Vivian Richards: Tendulkar is a “genius” when it comes to ability and a “Trojan” when it comes to work ethics. I believe Sir Donald Bradman is the greatest of them all, but seeing Tendulkar bat, I can say that when he is in top flight, in a variety of conditions, I have seen the best.
Andrew Strauss: Sachin is a player by which all others are measured over the last 10-15 years, and for him to go out and get a hundred hundreds is an amazing achievement without precedent — it's unlikely to be achieved again.
Nasser Hussain: Even if the 100th ton had not come about, Tendulkar would still have remained a great player. Don Bradman is sometimes remembered, unfairly, as the batsman who did not achieve an average of 100 in Tests.
And there was a danger, as we all waited for Tendulkar to reach three figures again, that he would be remembered for the one international century he did not score, rather than the 99 he did. That would have been a shame and completely unjust.
Indian tennis player Mahesh Bhupathi: Tweeted I guess chant goes Sacccchiiiinnnn, Sachhhhhhiiiinnn.. Hmmm I have been chanting that for 20 years. — PTI