India’s finest salute Sachin (Roundup)

March 16th, 2012 - 9:25 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh New Delhi, March 16 (IANS) Prime minister Manmohan Singh, Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan and longtime teammate Sourav Ganguly were among the many who showered praise on Sachin Tendulkar Friday for getting to the landmark figure of 100 international tons.

The batting legend ended a long one-year wait after reaching the three figure mark against Bangladesh at the Asia Cup in Mirpur near Dhaka, scoring 114 off 147 balls.

“I join the nation in congratulating Sachin on making a hundred centuries. He has made India proud,” Manmohan Singh said.

Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar said said the “Indian cricketer throughout his illustrious career has shown rare combination of mastery, fortitude and dedication towards the game that has enthralled the people across the world”.

Former Australia captain Adam Gilchrist led the compliments pouring in from the cricketing world saying Sachin was the best batsmen of all-time.

“Everyone especially the Indians were waiting for this for a long time but it was just a matter of time before Sachin got there,” said Gilchrist.

“The outstanding feature of Sachin is his temperament. You would never see him upset on the field. The way he has handled the fame and the fortune is truly remarkable. Well played to him.”

Ricky Ponting is a distant second in the hundreds list with 71.

“He is well ahead of the group and 29 hundreds in a normal scenario, you see in a couple of careers,” Gilchrist added.

Pakistan legend Javed Miandad said the 38-year old was a role model for upcoming cricketers.

“I congratulate Sachin on behalf of Pakistan. Anyone who wants to pursue a cricketing career, Sachin is the one to be followed,” said Miandad, who is tied with Sachin for six World Cup appearances.

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly called him a “true champion”.

“Lets just enjoy Sachin’s achievment. It is an amazing feat,” said Ganguly.

Former India teammate Murali Karthik said “this is a marathon noone can run” while Sanjay Manjrekar felt “the sheer hunger of runs” was the main factor behind Sachin’s phenomenal career.

The sport’s administrators in India and outside joined in praising the legend.

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) N. Srinivasan described Sachin’s feat as a colossal one.

“Ever since he made his international debut in Nov 1989, Sachin has strode cricketing arenas the world over, like a colossus. He has broken old records and set new benchmarks. He has been an inspiration to billions, and an ornament to the sport. 16th March 2012 will never be forgotten by cricket-lovers,” said Srinivsan.

Sports minister Ajay Maken said: “It is a big big achievement and India is proud to have a player like Sachin.”

International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat called Sachin a modern-day great.

“This is indeed a magnificent feat and not likely to be easily emulated. Fans have admired Sachin for more than twenty years and have recently waited with great expectation for his 100th international century.

“Like millions of others I have personally followed his career ever since he first played for India as a gifted 16-year-old and now, more than two decades later, his passion and personal records, which include more than 33,000 runs is a modern day wonder,” said Lorgat.

India’s cinema greats used the Twitter to congratulate Sachin, a fellow Mumbaikar.

Amitabh Bachchan wrote: India breathes normally ..!! Sachin completes an incredible feat !! A hundred 100’s… Never done before, perhaps never after !!!

“Heartiest Congratulations @sachin_rt on this greatest achievement in #cricket of #100th century,” wrote Hema Malini.

Akshay Kumar saluted Sachin’s never-say-die spirit.

“Salute to the man who never gave up in spite of all the criticism. Finally he did it. Sachin creates history in world cricket! Congrats to Sachin Hundredkar. Respect.”

Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar said: “Sachin ne aaj phir se itihaas racha hai. Sachin ko meri bahut shubhkamnayein aur badhaai. (Sachin has created history. All my good wishes to Sachin).”

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