London, March 17, 2012
Two of the greatest cricket captains have paid tribute to India’s Sachin Tendulkar, who has become the only man to have scored 100 centuries (100 runs) in international cricket.
Tendulkar scored 114 against Bangladesh in a One Day International in Dhaka to accomplish the feat and will now be a contender for nomination for a Laureus World Sports Award. Tendulkar, 38, has now scored 51 centuries in Test matches and 49 in One Day Internationals.
Laureus Academy Member Steve Waugh, who was the most successful captain in the history of Test cricket, with 41 wins in 57 Tests for Australia, said: “This is a historic moment for cricket and more than likely a record that will never be broken. In batting terms this ranks second only to Don Bradman’s Test match average of 99.94 which will always be the pinnacle of batsmanship.
“When we talk of all time great batsman, it's Don Bradman in a class of his own, then we can compare the rest. As far as this goes Tendulkar has every right to be considered as the premiere batsman of this group.”
Former England captain and Laureus Ambassador Michael Vaughan said: “He has set a record that will live down the ages. Tendulkar has played international cricket since 1989. I can’t see a modern player lasting that long.
“Only the true greats in sport set an unbeatable benchmark. Whatever the future holds, he will be remembered for ever. A champion revered by those outside his own sport.”