New Delhi: The Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) President N Srinivasan on Friday, heaped praises on Sachin Tendulkar for becoming the first cricketer in the world to score 100 international centuries and said that 16th March 2012 would never be forgotten.
"Ever since he made his international debut in November 1989, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar has strode cricketing arenas the world over, like a colossus. He has broken old records and set new benchmarks. He has been an inspiration to billions, and an ornament to the sport," said Srinivasan.
"16 March 2012 will never be forgotten by cricket-lovers. On behalf of the BCCI, I would like to congratulate Sachin Tendulkar for completing a century of international centuries," he added.
ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat also congratulated the iconic batsman achieving the feat.
"On behalf of every cricket fan around the globe, I congratulate Sachin on becoming the first person to score 100 centuries for his country. This is indeed a magnificent feat and not likely to be easily emulated," said Lorgat.
"Fans have admired Sachin for more than 20 years and have recently waited with great expectation for his 100th international century."
"The number 100 is special for a batsman and to record 100 centuries for your country is a massive statement."
Lorgat also said that Tendulkar was a marvel to cricket lovers around the world and a true role model.
"Like millions of others, I have personally followed his career ever since he first played for India as a gifted 16-year-old and now, more than two decades later, his passion and personal records, which include more than 33,000 runs at international level, is a modern day wonder.
"He is a marvel to cricket lovers around the world and with an array of batting records, Sachin is a true role model who will undoubtedly hold a special place in cricket's history," he said.