Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Thursday congratulated and wished Sachin Tendulkar on the occasion of his 200th Test match. It will also be his final appearance for India when he plays in the second Test against West Indies in Mumbai.
"Sachin has been one of the best role models the game of cricket could have ever wished for," said CSA Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat.
"His ability speaks for itself and together with his exceptional attitude combined with his humility makes him an extraordinary player. This more than matches his amazing career records that he has amassed over more than two decades."
He went on to say how Sachin was the perfect example for young kids to follow if they wanted to take up the game.
"We would all love our children to play the game in the same spirit that he does. Having been fortunate to have engaged with him on a number of occasions I would argue there is no better modern cricketer in the complete sense than Sachin Tendulkar," he added.
He also spoke of Sachin's battles against South Africa and how he had won the respect of his opponents by producing some excellent performances. Lorgat minced no words about how much Sachin would be missed in cricket.
"For South Africans his career will always be very special as he has been ever present right from our first ever ODI at Eden Gardens in 1991 when he scored a half century. And who can forget one of the game's great moments when we witnessed his one-on-one battle with Dale Steyn at Sahara Park Newlands in 2011. We will miss him," he maintained.
"I know I can speak on behalf of every cricketer, every administrator and every fan in our country and say: Thank you, Sachin, you have been a most gracious icon and you have given many wonderful gifts to the game of cricket and you will remain a lasting inspiration for generations to come."