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Tendulkar has pushed frontiers of human excellence: Pakistani daily

Sachin Tendulkar's feat of becoming the first cricketer in history to score 50 Test centuries "needs to be seen at par with efforts in any field to push the frontiers of human excellence", a leading Pakistani daily said today.

cricket Updated: Dec 21, 2010 14:31 IST

Sachin Tendulkar's feat of becoming the first cricketer in history to score 50 Test centuries "needs to be seen at par with efforts in any field to push the frontiers of human excellence", a leading Pakistani daily said on Tuesday.

"Putting Sachin Tendulkar's latest feat in a strictly cricketing context would not be fair to the sportsman," an editorial in Dawn said.

"His achievements in the world of cricket need to be seen on a par with efforts in any field - science, art, literature, etc - to push the frontiers of human excellence."

Tendulkar achieved the feat when he drove South African bowler Dale Steyn through the covers for a single on the fourth day of the first Test against South Africa at Super Sport Park at Centurion on Sunday. It took him 196 balls with 12 fours and one six. India, however, lost the Test on Monday with Sachin remaining unbeaten on 111.

Sachin's achievement "speaks volumes for the cricketer's temperament and his ability to adapt to changing times in the sports world", Dawn said.

"In fact, 20 years is a long time in the international sporting arena. Surviving for that long takes courage and determination. It is, as such, also about having enough passion for the game over that long a period to keep one's fitness level at the requisite level.

"Sachin Tendulkar, needless to say, has all these attributes and more - class, for instance. It is no wonder that he has survived two decades, and has, in fact, ruled the cricketing world," the editorial maintained.

Comparing him to Australian legend Don Bradman, Dawn said: "Tendulkar has established himself as the modern era's equivalent of the iconic Don. The many feathers in his cap appear to justify this perception. He has no more points to prove to anyone."

It went on to say that for the cricketing world, "it has been a privilege to watch Sachin Tendulkar demonstrate his remarkable skills. There is hardly anyone who would disagree with this, especially as his talent on the field has been observed for several years now. Today, it is just about celebrating a cricketing giant who goes by the name of Sachin Tendulkar".