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Tendulkar is more precious than Kohinoor: Gavaskar

NEW DELHI, DEC. 11. India may have lost possession of the Kohinoor but the country has a more precious gem in the form of Sachin Tendulkar, said batting legend Sunil Gavaskar after the former equalled his record of 34 Test centuries.

``When I first saw Tendulkar play a flick shot in the nets for Mumbai Ranji Trophy probables, I knew that he possessed the talent. Within a year he was playing for India and scoring runs in a manner that belied his age and delighted the spectators. He continues to do that a decade and a half after his debut and I hope he keeps doing that for years to come,'' Gavaskar said.

``We may not have the Kohinoor, but we have Tendulkar and to us Indians he's worth more and even more precious,'' he said.

Polly Umrigar: Both Tendulkar and Gavaskar are great batsmen with different styles and I would not like to compare them. But I am sure that we can expect many more centuries from Tendulkar as he has got age on his side.

Dilip Vengsarkar: It is a fantastic record and there are many more to come. Gavaskar played against some of the best fast bowlers of the world, while Tendulkar has got runs against top spinners who have more than 1,000 Test scalps to their credit.

Bapu Nadkarni: The feat came at right time as Tendulkar was going through a lean patch and had recently been cured of the injured elbow. Moreover, it was a superb feat.

E.A.S. Prasanna: I was expecting Tendulkar to reach the milestone for quite some time. But because of his tennis elbow, I think the record has been delayed. Now it's only a matter of time before he breaks the record. He is a great batsman and all Indians were waiting for this day.

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