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Friday, October 17, 2008

Sportspersons upbeat as Sachin conquers another peak

Ludhiana, October 17 At 2.31 pm, on Friday afternoon, when Sachin Tendulkar surpassed Brian Lara’s record of being the highest run-getter in Test cricket, he not only reinforced his image as the one of the true greats of the game but also drew praises and accolades from all corners of the city.

Arun Dhand, former veteran World Badminton Champion, said it was an amazing feat for the ace Indian batsman.

“I went to the PCA Stadium to watch Tendulkar break the record and I am very happy that he did not let his fans down,” said Dhand.

Hardeep Singh, who was part of the Indian Hockey team to the 1984 Olympic Games, was also elated.

“He (Sachin) has done the country proud. Being a sportsperson, I feel very happy for him,” he said.

Asked if it is time for Tendulkar to hang-up his boots, Singh said: “We should not force senior players like Sachin to retire. We should leave this decision to him.”

Expressing his happiness over the achievement of the “Little Master”, Teja Singh Dhaliwal, general secretary, Punjab Basketball Association (PBA), said Sachin had done the country proud, time and again. “I feel age should not be the criterion for any player to retire but his fitness and performance should count. If the players are fit and performing well even at an advanced age, there should be no problem in allowing them to continue,” added Dhaliwal.

Rahul Bhatia, a junior-level cricket coach with the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL), said: “Sachin’s milestone is a slap on the faces of those who were lobbying for his retirement. I think he can easily play till the next World Cup.”

Another cricketer, Khushal Sharma said: “Sachin has given his best to the country and he has done the country proud with his scintillating performances in a career spanning nearly two decades.”

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