Indian cricket December 23, 2009

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The platform is well and truly deserved for Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly © AFP

Their ‘track’ records seem to keep getting better. Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly have been presented with lifetime golden family passes by India’s railway minister Mamata Banerjee for their achievements and contribution to Indian cricket.

Presenting the AC first-class passes at a function in Kolkata, where Tendulkar was honoured for completing 20 years in international cricket, Banerjee congratulated the duo for their achievements. She also hoped that Tendulkar would win many more laurels for the country.

"We are giving Sachin a lifetime achievement card from the Railways,” said Banerjee. “He and his family can now travel free all over India throughout their lives in AC first-class coaches.”

Describing Tendulkar as a "genius" and "champion of champions", she said: "Players may come, players may go, but Sachin will go on for ever. The country will forever remember what he has given the country all these 20 years.” The platform is well and truly reserved.