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CSA gives India biggest ever official reception

With the Rainbow Nation celebrating 150 glorious years of Indian settlement in South Africa, the CSA hosted the the biggest ever official reception for the visiting Indian cricket team here.

india Updated: Dec 15, 2010 01:17 IST

With the Rainbow Nation celebrating 150 glorious years of Indian settlement in South Africa, the CSA hosted the the biggest ever official reception for the visiting Indian cricket team here.

“The official welcome reception for the Indian team is the biggest ever for any team that had visited South Africa,” Cricket South Africa (CSA) chief executive Gerald Majola said during the reception last night.

The function was attended by players of both the teams, board officials of both the countries, including CSA president Mtutuzeli Nyoka and Indian Consul-General Vikram Doraiswami among others.

During his welcome speech, CSA president Nyoka said that Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men were the deserving numero uno team in the world.

“This is a team (India) that has over the last two years swept all before them. I think that by all accounts they deserve the number one status in Test cricket,” he said. Nyoka singled out Sachin Tendulkar for praise. “I want to say thank you to you (Tendulkar) for the many years of wonderful memories that you have given us. You are a true champion, a true hero. You are one of the most decorated cricketers playing today. I salute you as a sportsman, as a cricketer and as a human being,” the CSA president said.


Smith hails sachin

South Africa captain Graeme Smith has termed Sachin Tendulkar as “great ambassador of the game” and said his desire to become a cricketer got wings after watching the Indian batting maestro during his childhood.

“Sachin is a world class player and a great ambassador for the game,” Smith said. “As a youngster I watched the games and that's where all my dreams started. You see him on TV and you think that I want to be like that one day.”