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No one can come close to Sachin's records: Richards

New Delhi: Sachin Tendulkar's career longevity and his remarkable achievements make him a class apart, according to the legendary Sir Vivian Richards who reckons that the Indian maestro has set benchmarks that no other contemporary cricketer can come anywhere close to.

Richards said Tendulkar had survived for so long in international cricket because of his “amazing dedication” and it was only a matter of time before he scripted history by becoming the first cricketer to score 50 Test centuries.

“He can certainly achieve that (scoring 50 Test centuries). I think the way the game is going, it would be very difficult for anyone to break that record. He is way ahead of others,” Richards said.

Richards, one of the most destructive batsmen of his era, said only Australian captain Ricky Ponting had a slim chance of coming anywhere near Tendulkar's records among contemporary cricketers.

“I can't see any individual, the closest guy who would come to that may be Ricky (Ponting). But the way things are going on in Australia, they are calling for his head, so I don't really know how long he will be around. He is the only individual I think who could be close to Sachin's record. But I think it would be hard to surpass,” he said.

The West Indian batting great attributed Tendulkar's longevity to the way he has conducted himself right through his career and his discipline among other things.— PTI

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