CENTURION, Dec 20 (PTI): For Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, it’s the passion that Sachin Tendulkar has for the game even after 21 long years is something “amazing.”
“As far as Sachin is concerned, he is a legend. Getting his 50th hundred is a milestone, but the passion he has got for cricket after 21 years of cricket is the same,” Dhoni paid rich tributes to the senior-most member of Team India.
“I made my debut in 2004 and I saw him practice during net sessions. The intensity with which he used to practice then is the same even after five years.
Dhoni agreed that the passion Sachin has for the game is something unmatchable and will be agreed by most of the players.
“Twenty years down the line, I think most fo the cricketers who have played with him feel that he has got the passion to continue and keep going. That’s what is great about Sachin Tendulkar.”
Dhoni said that one media conference isn’t enough to talk about the greatness of the maestro.
“A lot of other things we often talk about him, I don’t want to repeat it because then the press conference won’t be over. I think it was a great innings under pressure.”
President congratulates Sachin Tendulkar
As Indians celebrated Sachin Tendulkar’s 50th Test century, President Pratibha Patil on Sunday joined the nation in lauding the cricketer for becoming the first batsman to achieve the feat.
Patil praised Tendulkar for his “spectacular achievement”, adding all Indians were proud of his remarkable accomplishment.
Tendulkar achieved the feat when he drove South African bowler Dale Steyn through the covers for a single on the fourth day of the first Test against South Africa at Super Sport Park at Centurian Sunday. It took him 196 balls with 12 fours and one six.
‘Time to honour him with Bharat Ratna’
Indian Olympic Association vice-president V K Malhotra today congratulated Sachin Tendulkar for scoring his 50th Test ton and said it is high time the champion batsman is bestowed with the ‘Bharat Ratna’.
Tendulkar scripted history when he became the first batsman to notch up 50 Test centuries in the first cricket Test against South Africa in Centurion.
“It is a great achievement not only for Sachin but for the entire nation. We are really proud of him. I hope he continues to achieve many more such feats,” Malhotra said.
“He is one of the sporting icons of our country and I feel it is time the country should honour him with the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award of India,” he said.
“I hope he continues to play many more years for the country and manages to win the World Cup, the only trophy which has eluded him so far,” added Malhotra, who is also the president of the Archery Association of India.