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'Never done before, perhaps never after'

Reactions to Sachin Tendulkar's achieving the record of a 100 international hundreds

ESPNcricinfo staff

March 16, 2012

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Sachin Tendulkar plays an aggressive stroke, Bangladesh v India, Asia Cup, Mirpur, March 16, 2012
"Seriously has anyone actually thought about what Sachin has done here?" - Kevin Pietersen © AFP
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"What stands out in an exceptional career of unbelievable achievements is Sachin Tendulkar's ability to change, adapt and mould his batting according to the conditions around him. What makes him a phenomenal player is that he has done so many things, be it scoring the highest number of Test and one-day runs or scoring a century of international centuries. What he has done is set a benchmark for future generations which, probably, would be almost impossible for anyone to emulate. He has created a new milestone, which to my mind, is like Don Bradman's average of 99.94, the most memorable feat that any cricketer has achieved."
Former India captain Rahul Dravid

"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. He has been a genius when it comes to ability, a Trojan when it comes to work ethic and manic when it comes to his focus. Yet we often miss the little things that make him both human and exceptional. As a sportsman, I know how damaging an injury can be. For a batsman, an elbow injury and corrective surgery could be akin to a professional death knell. But the way Sachin overcame those setbacks and played at the highest level with unmatched distinction is special. Friday's century was a testimony to Sachin Tendulkar's self-belief and his unwavering focus. Many of his contemporaries who were spoken of in the same breath did not have the hunger and focus, which is why Sachin stands alone at the summit."
Former West Indies batsman Viv Richards

"The focus should not be about how he got his 100th hundred, but how he got his 100 hundreds."
Sanjay Manjrekar, the former India batsman

"Everyone, especially the Indians, were waiting for this for a long time but it was just a matter of time before Sachin got there. 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."
Former Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist

"The skill, the tenacity and the competitive urge still flows freely through the veins of Tendulkar. The fact that Tendulkar has handled fame so well and maintained an attacking outlook throughout is a tribute to not only his skill but also his wonderfully alert mind. Considering the length of his career and the fact that he was able to renew his attacking desires, I would now rate Tendulkar slightly ahead of Brian Lara and comfortably in front of a fading Ricky Ponting."
Former Australia captain Ian Chappell

"I congratulate Sachin on behalf of Pakistan. I am sure people in India would be extremely happy about this. [For] Anyone who wants to pursue a cricketing career, Sachin is the one to be followed."
Former Pakistan batsman Javed Miandad

"I cannot see that being beaten to be honest - it is a phenomenal effort. Records are meant to be broken, but I honestly do not think I will see someone score 100 hundreds in international cricket again."
Alastair Cook, the England one-day captain

"I join the nation in congratulating Sachin Tendulkar on his making history - a hundred centuries. He has made India proud. Tendulkar's long career has been a triumph of class, character and courage. Wish him many more innings and feats to continue inspiring the youth."
Manmohan Singh, the Indian prime minister

"India breathes normally! Sachin completes an incredible feat! A hundred 100's. Never done before, perhaps never after!!"
Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan

"This is indeed a magnificent feat and not likely to be easily emulated. 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."
ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat

"Ever since he made his international debut in November 1989, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar 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. 16 March 2012 will never be forgotten by cricket-lovers."
BCCI president N Srinivasan

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Posted by SachinthegreatGod on (March 19, 2012, 12:51 GMT)

first of all talking about Aus series , Sachin was India's best batsman there after Kohli so plz Stfu. talking about bangladesh match, still criticizing Sachin? Actually its the bowling we were weak at.. we could not defend a total as high as 290?I accept tht sachin was slow with his hundred but u can now see the difference match against Pakistan, his SR was well above 100. He had to get rid off the pressure. do we all ppl perform best under pressure? sachin has done tht fr over 21 years, but if he fails once everybody is after him.. in ponting's bad phase , every1 was supporting him, even Indian fans commenting on cricinfo but when it comes to Sachin every1 is after him..asking him to retire , just after WC he was a hero.. n all of a sudden lost everything.. such sad mentality we have right? India should have defended 290 against bangladesh, bowling was weak not Sachin. He has been India's backbone fr 21 years.

Posted by Cricblogger on (March 19, 2012, 10:01 GMT)

Many may choose to disagree, but in my humble opinion, Sachin has focused too much on records. The slow strike rate in the Bangladesh match cost India the game.

Posted by umpatel on (March 18, 2012, 19:01 GMT)

@Lara4life501 Did Ian personally told you that this is not correct? LOL

Posted by Lara4life501 on (March 18, 2012, 16:33 GMT)

I am an Australian, and I can comfortably state,Ian Chappell never made the remarks above to any media outlet,I consider it quite funny that an article written by Mr Chappell on this website a few months ago, dealing with who he thought was a best batsman in modern cricket (his answer being Brian Lara) Ian Chappell would never go back on a statement like that (note he has been saying Brian Lara was the best of the modern era for a long time) where he now contradicts himself???

"I would now rate Tendulkar slightly ahead of Brian Lara and comfortably in front of a fading Ricky Ponting." this statement was never made by Ian Chappell,

Posted by prashant1 on (March 18, 2012, 14:52 GMT)

GOD ....is back !!! wooo hooo !!! Many many more runs and Hundreds to flow from his golden willow...and also would love to see the naysayers cringe EVEN MORE after 23 years !! Ha..Ha!!! love it!!!

Posted by   on (March 18, 2012, 12:53 GMT)

Congratulation Sachin , He played 462 one day match and 188 test match .If Ponting or Kallis play the same amount match . We will have the same result.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2012, 8:46 GMT)

It's not even a valid argument to categorize lara as a match winner only 8 of his 34 test hundreds have resulted in victories and he had a very good bowling attack backing him up until 2000,when the west indies were actually highly ranked,3 of his 8 test hundreds in wins have come against zimbabwe,new zealand,bangladesh so he isn't actually a match winner is he,even chanderpaul who played in a much worser era of wi cricket has 6 out of his 24 hundreds against tough opposition in victories,so stopping including lara remotely close to tendulkar's class and respect the most complete batsman to have played the game after bradman.Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2012, 7:41 GMT)

@observor who are you and what do you about cricket..? get your statistics right and your mind in place(i doubt if that is available). Anyone who know cricket, there were no one in the era he played even near by to him. you can only compare Sir Don with this little master, no body else. Yet you say such insane words about him.

Posted by observor on (March 18, 2012, 7:08 GMT)

Tendulkar's 100ton against Bangladesh while end up losing the match...sums up his career. Batting on Home/batting friendly wickets, big scores against weaker oppositions, end up losing most matches against stronger sides, unable to take captaincy stress....Thats all about his cricket. I request him to do cricket a favour and RETIRE(after achieving another personal milestone). Cricket fraternity would take it as a big favour...

Posted by sportofpain on (March 18, 2012, 7:05 GMT)

I have followed cricket since I was 8 years old. That was 37 years ago. Gavaskar was my hero starting out. So I followed his career closely and had the privilege of seeing him score his highest score - 236 not out against the mighty windies at Chepauk. Tendulkar burst on the scene when I first started working and after watching him bat I marvelled at the talent. Gavaskar's bowler's back drive was perfection, Tendulkar's was awe inspiring. With Sachin in the side, we suddenly had as our best batsman someone who could destroy the opposition, not someone who would wear down the opposition. Sachin therefore represented something new - an India that could intimidate. It took a while for other gems to coalesce around him but they did and we became stronger and stronger culminating in becoming the best in the world and winning the world cup. let us be clear about one thing - without Sachin this would not have happened. In my book the greatest batsman in history is this Kohinoor from Mumbai!

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