Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Friday joined the rest of the cricketing world in congratulating Sachin Tendulkar on the occasion of his 100th international century.
Tendulkar reached this unique landmark while playing for India against hosts Bangladesh in an Asia Cup match at Dhakar.
“There isn’t a cricketing fan in the world who hasn’t been egging Sachin on to this landmark for the past year ever since he scored century No. 99 against the Proteas during last year’s World Cup,” commented CSA CEO Gerald Majola.
“Scoring 100 centuries for your country is a momentous achievement and the fact that Ricky Ponting (71), our own Jacques Kallis (59) and Brian Lara (53) are the only other players to have made more than 50 international centuries puts it into a true perspective.
“Sachin has been the face of cricket for some two decades and what a wonderful role model he has become! He made his debut while our senior statesman, Nelson Mandela, was still in prison and the fact that he has always been present throughout our brief history since unity has made it easy for us to identify with him.
“The humble manner in which he celebrated this landmark was a true reflection of a model sporting personality.
“The entire CSA family – and indeed I believe the whole South African nation – joins me in congratulating Sachin Tendulkar – a sporting icon who bears comparison with the greatest sports personalities of all time.”