Indian legends honoured

Published: Friday, November 7, 2008, 10:47 [IST]
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Fab fourNagpur: The BCCI today felicitated 'Fab four' - Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman - for their contribution to Indian cricket.

Tendulkar, who completed 12,000 runs in Test cricket at Mohali to become the highest run-getter, acknowledged the support of players with whom he played and said he was honoured to have played with players of such high stature.

He also spoke highly of Kumble, who retired from Test cricket in the last match at Delhi. ''When I met Anil for the first time in 1988-89, I was told he was a batsman who could bowl.

''But the way he has played from there on and then went on to take over 600 wickets, is something really extraordinary,'' Tendulkar said at the function here.

The ICC President elect Sharad Pawar, BCCI president Shashank Manohar and secretary N Srinivasan along with the Indian and Australian team attended the function.

On Tendulkar, Kumble said, ''Both of us had exactly opposite points to prove.

''With Sachin, it was more of a case to prove his talent as he was always considered an extremely talented player, so he had to justify those thoughts.

''While in my case it was the other way round. I was not considered to play for a long time. So I had to prove that I could play and play well,'' Kumble said.

Ganguly, who is playing his last Test of the career here, looked emotional and said the game has taught him a lot of lessons not only about the game but about life as well.

''Cricket hasn't been a cricket journey alone, but it has been a journey of life for me. I got to know a lot of things about the life, the ups and downs....

''My father would be the saddest person on earth today.

He wanted me to play,'' Ganguly said.

Meanwhile, VVS Laxman, who is into his 100th Test here against Australia, was too pleased to have represented the country in 100 Tests.

''I think it is a great achievement especially for a person like me who comes from such a background.

''I wanted to be a doctor but my uncle got me into cricket and I was asked to prove myself in five years time. And, I managed to get into the Indian team just in time.

''It's a proud feeling to play for the country and I am very happy to have done it 100 times,'' Laxman added.


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