Widely acknowledged as the greatest batsman of all time, Sachin Tendulkar has just turned 45 years of age. The Mumbai legend has received birthday wishes from all over the world, as players past and present have sent in their wishes to the great man.
The holder of multiple records, Tendulkar’s most special record has to be the 100 international hundreds that he scored in his career. A century of centuries is a remarkable feat, one that is unlikely to be matched by anyone.
But his ODI record of 49 centuries can certainly be broken by another Indian, as Virat Kohli is rapidly moving towards that magical number.
The Indian skipper has already made his name as one of the greatest players of his generation, as the attacking right hander already has 35 hundreds to his name.
With just another 15 more to go before he breaks Sachin’s record, Kohli will surely be looking to own that record before the end of his career.
Sachin was in fact asked this question, and said that he would be extremely pleased and happy if Kohli were to break his record.
“I will go and share a bottle with him if he breaks my record. I won’t send him champagne bottles; I will go there and share it with him.”
This is what Kohli had to say recently,
“I don’t have too many people who are very close to me. That is just the way life has gone on for so many years. Because naturally when someone has stuck by me in tough times, I value that person a lot. I continue to do that. The impact he has had in my life growing up…. I understand the importance of it. ”
“If someone can inspire you like that and you end up becoming someone and you feel like there is no greater pleasure than that. So that (handing his father’s threads over to Tendulkar) was just a gesture of thank you to the guy who has inspired me to do what I am doing. For me, the human connect is paramount. Incentives, gains … these things do not matter to me. If someone is honest with me, that’s what matters,” he said.