Lara sends best wishes to Tendulkar

Published: Friday, October 10, 2008, 12:21 [IST]
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SachinMumbai: West Indies cricket legend Brian Lara sent his best wishes to Indian batting  maestro Sachin Tendulkar, who is on the brink of breaking the record he holds for the most runs in Test cricket.

Tendulkar is only 77 runs away from improving Lara's world mark of 11,953 runs, achieved in 131 Tests and the West Indian retired batsman expects the 'Little Master' to erase the mark in the current home series against Australia.

"Records are meant to be broken and I wish Sachin (Tendulkar) all the best," said Lara during a promotional visit to Mumbai.

"It's a pleasure to be counted in the elite list of players like Sachin and (Sunil) Gavaskar. We should appreciate Sachin for whatever he does."

Lara, in the meantime, said he would love to pass on the good wishes to Tendulkar in person if he achieved the milestone in his 151st Test at Bangalore against Australia, but he was getting ready to head to Australia.

"I would have loved to be at Bangalore to watch him when he breaks my record, but I'm flying off to Australia tomorrow," the former West Indies and Trinidad and Tobago captain, said.

Lara, who played 232 Test innings for the West Indies, also holds the world record for the highest individual scores in a single innings. His 400 not out is the world record with the bat in Test cricket, while his masterful undefeated 501 broke the world record for the highest first-class score.

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