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Tendulkar a role model for world cricket: Pakistani players

Former and present Pakistani players today paid rich dividends to Sachin Tendulkar for becoming the first bastman in the history of the game to score a double hundered in one-dayers and said he is the perfect "role model" for any cricketer.

cricket Updated: Feb 24, 2010 20:20 IST

Former and present Pakistani players today paid rich dividends to Sachin Tendulkar for becoming the first bastman in the history of the game to score a double hundered in one-dayers and said he is the perfect "role model" for any cricketer.

"For any cricketer he is the perfect role model. The great thing about him is that he has been outstanding in both Tests and ODIs. As a Pakistani player, I know how much value we have always put on his wicket," right-handed batsman Shoaib Malik said about the batting maestro.

Former skipper and wicketkeeper Rashid Latif said the feat was no surprise to him as it was only a matter of time for Tendulkar to achieve it.

"I always expected him to be the first one to score 200 in ODIs, but I was surprised that he took so long," Latif said.

Another former captain Aamir Sohail said, "The rule is simple when you give respect to the game, then only the game will give you respect."

Batting great Javed Miandad said he had always asked Pakistani cricketers to admire Tendulkar for his down to earth attitude, hard work and passion.

"Records are there to be broken but it makes you happy when someone like Tendulkar does it. I think he thoroughly deserves this record and many more in days to come," he said.