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Tendulkar applauded

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Mumbai: Applauding Sachin Tendulkar's 35th Test century, Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar, who until Saturday shared the world record of 34 Test centuries with Tendulkar, has sent a statement from Nepal saying: "Congratulations to Sachin Tendulkar on his 35th Test Century". "To see a fellow Indian and somebody as prodigious a talent like Sachin takes away any tinge of sadness at a record being broken. I have said it before that Sachin Tendulkar is the closest thing to batting perfection that the game has seen. Look at the stillness of the head, the straightness of his backlift, the ease of playing shots off either the front foot or the back foot and of course, the range of shots that he possesses against both pace and spin in all kinds of conditions." Former India captain Krishnamachari Srikkanth was Sachin Tendulkar's first skipper in Tests. The man who led India on the 1989 tour of Pakistan was delighted at Tendulkar's record-breaking 35th Test hundred.

Speaking to The Hindu from New Delhi, Srikkanth said, "God has been kind to me that he let me captain this great cricketer in his first series. I was very confident about his ability from the very beginning. All I told him at the start was that he would play in all the four Tests. He was just 16 then, but he was so stable."

Former India all-rounder and captain Ravi Shastri, a diehard Sachin Tendulkar fan, described the Indian batting maestro's 35th Test century against Sri Lanka at Kotla, New Delhi, as the "toughest record to break''. "There's absolutely no doubt in my mind that whenever he puts down his bat for good, he would be deemed as India's all-time greatest all-round cricketer, considering the number of runs he would have scored in all forms of cricket, be it first class, Test and one-day internationals, under pressure and in any circumstances and longevity. He's achieved everything in cricket now.''

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