Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar has broken a new international cricket record by getting his 100th international 100 in a match against Bangladesh today.
The 'Little Master' has suffered a loss of form but showed again why form is temporary and class is permanent as scored 100 with a huge crowd gathered at the Shere Bangla National Stadium for the Asia Cup game to witness the worlds greatest go where no cricketer has gone before.
He took off his helmet looked at his bat, then to the sky with the crowd cheering and the Indian team clapping whilst he savoured the moment.
Of his 100 international tons, Sachin has scored 51 in Tests and 49 ODIs. It took Sachin 188 Tests and 462 ODIs to get to this landmark. The 38-years-old made his debut at the age of 16 in 1989.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said "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."
The BCCI President N. Srinivasan said "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.
On behalf of the BCCI, I would like to congratulate Sachin Tendulkar for completing a century of international centuries."
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