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Australian media calls Sachin 'man of the century'

Published: Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 16:43 [IST]
 
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Australian media pays tribute to Sachin

Australian media paid rich tributes to Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar, calling him the "man of the century" for his fantastic double century against Australia which helped the Indian side bounce back in the match being held in Bangalore.

Media reports suggested that most of the leading publications showered praise on the 'greatest batsman of all time' and described the little master as "like the kid who wished it wouldn't get dark".

"Tendulkar's resurgence has put an almost insurmountable gap between him and Ponting in the race to be the highest all-time run-getter," the Sydney Morning Herald said according to PTI report.

The media highlighted how Tendulkar has haunted the Australians, coming up with new records/milestones every time he faced them.

The Australian daily described Tendulkar as "the one constant in an ever-changing cricket universe, ever present, always scoring. He has been at the crease for 21 years.

"How he haunts the Australians. Last time they were in India, Ricky Ponting's men watched him score his 13,000th run.

In this Test he brought up his 14,000th and at times he seemed to be on his way to 15,000th. God alone knows when he will desist," the paper added.

The 37-year-old played "like the kid who wished it wouldn't get dark", the paper said.

"Tendulkar is exceptional," wrote cricket columnist Peter Roebuck in the same paper. "Every shot he plays is compelling."

"India might never know how blessed it has been that its best cricketers of the period were also its most upstanding," he said.

'The Age' newspaper said: "The Little Master serves up a lesson. If October 10, 2010 was to be Sachin Tendulkar's day, then the 11th was his honorary parade, one which may roll over the top of the hapless Australians in the second Test."

"Emphatic doesn't really come close to justifying Tendulkar's batting masterclass," the paper added.

Tendulkar reached his double century in the opening session of day 4. The right-hander took 363 balls and struck 22 fours and a couple of sixes during his marathon innings.

He was eventually dismissed by rookie Australian pacer Peter George who got his first Test wicket of his career.

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