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Thanks a ton Sachin
Mindboggling! Jaw dropping! One can go on and on about Sachin Tendulkar's hundredth hundred. It is a feat that has not even been contemplated, leave aside achieved ever before and it is an achievement that will stand the test of time.
Sachin Tendulkar plays a shot during the Asia Cup ODI against Bangladesh at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Dhaka on Friday. Tendulkar,with 114 off 147 balls, became the first batsman in the history of cricket to score 100 international centuries, adding another milestone in his record-breaking career
TONDULKAR ONCE MORE: Sachin Tendulkar plays a shot during the Asia Cup ODI against Bangladesh at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Dhaka on Friday. Tendulkar,with 114 off 147 balls, became the first batsman in the history of cricket to score 100 international centuries, adding another milestone in his record-breaking career. ó AFP


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Man with a 100 Centuries
Sachin Quiz
Ten best Test Centuries
Ten Best ODI Centuries

Bangladesh crash Tendulkarís party
Mirpur, March 16
Bangladesh turned giant-killers and party spoilers as they beat India by five wickets in their Asia Cup match here today. Sachin Tendulkar had set up the platform for an Indian win, by finally hitting his 100th international century, but Bangladeshís batsmen, especially Tamim Iqbal were upto the task at hand and chased down the target, their second highest ODI run chase, in the final over.

Punjab down Comets
Jallandhar, March 16
After Chandigarh Comets defeated Shere-Punjab at their home ground, the latter settled scores by beating the Comets 5-2, in the 31st match of the World Series Hockey, at Olympian Surjit Singh hockey stadium, here this evening.

Sports get raw deal in budget
New Delhi, March 16
The sports fraternity had expected a big allocation for sports in the budget, but in the end, the Sports Ministry got only Rs 741 crores for the year 2012-13, which is just 41 crore (5.86 per cent) over the budget estimate for the year 2011-12 and an increase of only 132 crore (21.67 per cent) over the revised estimate for 2011-12.






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Thanks a ton Sachin
Sachin finally scores his 100th international ton
Tendulkar is the perfect role model

Mindboggling! Jaw dropping! One can go on and on about Sachin Tendulkar's hundredth hundred. It is a feat that has not even been contemplated, leave aside achieved ever before and it is an achievement that will stand the test of time. Jacques Kallis is scoring hundreds regularly in Tests, but he still has nine more to catch up with the masterís 51, and he is way behind as far as one-day hundreds are concerned. So also with Ricky Ponting, who was given a second lease of life by Indiaís insipid bowling in the Tests in Australia recently. These two are the nearest while at the same time the farthest from Tendulkar's landmark.

What a career it has been and it's not over as yet. When I first set eyes on him, I just couldn't believe how much time he had in playing the Mumbai fast bowlers in the nets. Remember, fast bowlers invariably bowl from about 20 yards or less in the nets since there is no umpires to call no balls. Still he had plenty of time to play those bowlers.

There was one shot in particular which is still in the mind's eye and that was a punch off the back-foot through midwicket and if anything, that showed the special ability that he had. One can have plenty of talent, but to translate into performance takes a merger of the mind with the skill set, and that is what has separated the domestic stars from the international ones.

Many a dada at the first class level has come a cropper at the international level. A good family environment is essential and that Tendulkar had in plenty. His parents and his siblings ensured that he stayed rooted and did not get carried away by his early success.

A player also needs a bit of space to be able to unwind and refocus on his sport, and where he is doing the right thing and where he can be going wrong. He needs coaches and friends who won't be afraid to tell him what is right and what is wrong. Only if he has this circle around him can he make progress, else he will fall by the wayside.

Yes, it is also up to the player concerned to stay away from elements that will lead him away from the game.

No player in the world has played under the weight of expectations, like Tendulkar has. Not even Sir Donald Bradman. Knowing Sachin, he would have turned this weight of expectations into a cushion of support and when a player has the good wishes of millions and the blessings of many more elders, he is blessed.

His cricket records have been staggering, but his demeanor on the cricket field has been even better and that is why despite scoring hundreds against the best of bowlers, he is still well liked by them. Nobody who knows him has a bad word to say about him. He is the perfect role model for the game its greatest ambassador. In many countries where cricket is not played, India is known through him.

It's been a privilege to be able to see history being made. Dhaka was where he achieved his first record way back in 2004, when he got his 34th Test hundred, but that was at the Bangabandhu stadium. Today, at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium he became the first man to get a hundred hundreds in international cricket. Like Neil Armstrong said, when he landed on the moon, "This is one small step for a man, but one giant leap for mankind".

It was just a single, but look how much joy it brought to millions. God bless you Sachin, and thanks for doing what an old cricketer asked you to do. ó PMG

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Man with a 100 Centuries

Sachin Quiz

What is Tendulkarís date of birth?

A: April 24, 1973

What was the name of his first coach?

A: Ramakant Achrekar

Against which team did he score a 
century on first-class debut?

A: Gujarat in 1988.

What unique batting record does he hold in Indian first-class cricket?

A. Centuries in first match in the Ranji, Duleep and Irani Trophy

What was the venue of his Test debut?

A. Karachi, Pakistan

What was the venue of his ODI debut?

A. Gujranwala, Pakistan

Who was his first Test captain?

A. Krishnamachari Srikkanth

Which English bowler dropped him en-route to his maiden Test century at Old Trafford in 1990?

A. Eddie Hemmings

Which English county did he represent in 1992?

A. Yorkshire

In which year did he get married to Anjali?

A. 1995

What are the names of his children?

A. Sara and Arjun

In which year was he appointed captain for the first time?

A. 1996

Which was his last series as captain in his second stint?

A. South Africa at home in 2000.

What was the venue of his maiden ODI century?

A. Colombo in 1994 (R. Premadasa Stadium)

In which year did he receive the Rajiv Khel Ratna award?

A: 1998

Against which country did he score his maiden Test double century?

A. New Zealand at Ahmedabad in 1999

What is his highest Test score?

A: 248 not out.

Ten best Test Centuries

1: 119 not out v. England at Old Trafford, August 1990. Match drawn.

Tendulkar missed the opportunity to become the youngest Test at Napier in February 1990. He waited six months before he got that maiden century.

2: 114 v. Australia at Perth, 1992. Australia won by 300 runs.

Tendulkar now set the record for Australia ó that too at WACA in Perth.

3: 155 not out v Australia at Chennai, March 1998. India won by 179 runs.

Thwarted Mark Taylorís aim to be the first Aussie captain to win a series in India since 1969-70.

4: 136 v. Pakistan at Chennai, January 1999. Pakistan won by 12 runs.

Arguably his finest century at home but in vain.

5: 126 v. Australia at Chennai, March 2001. India won by two wickets.

His 126 in the first innings helped India take a vital lead that dprove decisive in a tight finish.

6. 155 v. South Africa at Bloemfontein, November 2001. South Africa won by nine wickets.

7. 193 v. England at Headingley, August 2002. India won by an innings and 96 runs.

8: 241 not out v Australia at Sydney, January 2004. Match drawn.

9: 103 not out v. England at Chennai, December 2008. India won by six wickets.

10: 146 v. South Africa at Cape Town, January 2011. Match drawn.

Ten Best ODI Centuries

1: 110 v. Australia at Colombo (RPS), 9/9/94. India won by 31 runs.

It took 78 matches and five years for Tendulkarís maiden ODI century; but the first is always special.

2: 143 v. Australia at Sharjah, 22/4/98. Australia won by 26 runs (revised target).

The legendary desert storm innings where Tendulkar held his nerve despite adverse weather conditions.

3: 134 v. Australia at Sharjah, 24/4/98. India won by 6 wickets.

Two days later and on his 25th birthday, Australiaís nemesis was back to haunt them in the final.

4: 141 v Australia at Dhaka, 28/10/98. India won by 44 runs.

India reached the semifinals of the inaugural Wills International Cup, later the Champions Trophy, thanks to a sterling all-round display by Tendulkar and once again it was the hapless Aussies who were at the receiving end.

5. 140 not out v. Kenya at Bristol, 23/5/99. India won by 94 runs.

Just the day before he had returned from Mumbai after attending his fatherís funeral. It was his 22nd century but the first when not opening.

6. 141 v. Pakistan at Rawalpindi, 16/3/04. Pakistan won by 12 runs.

7. 117 not out v. Australia at Sydney, 2/3/08. India won by 6 wickets.

8: 138 v. Sri Lanka at Colombo (RPS), 14/9/09. India won by 46 runs.

9. 175 v. Australia at Hyderabad, 5/11/09. Australia won by 3 runs.

10. 200 not out v. South Africa at Gwalior, 24/2/10. India won by 153 runs.

ó Gulu Ezekiel/GE Features

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Bangladesh crash Tendulkarís party

Mirpur, March 16
Bangladesh turned giant-killers and party spoilers as they beat India by five wickets in their Asia Cup match here today. Sachin Tendulkar had set up the platform for an Indian win, by finally hitting his 100th international century, but Bangladeshís batsmen, especially Tamim Iqbal were upto the task at hand and chased down the target, their second highest ODI run chase, in the final over.

Earlier, Sachin Tendulkar finally reached the historic milestone of 100 international centuries as India reached 289 for five.

The entire nation had been waiting with bated breath for the past one year for their favourite son to complete the coveted landmark.

Exactly one year and four days since he scored his 99th international ton against South Africa during a World Cup match in Nagpur, India's most worshipped sporting icon neatly tapped a delivery from left-arm spinner Shakib-Al-Hasan behind square leg in the 44th over of the Indian innings to complete his hundred.

It took him 138 deliveries -ó probably one of his slowest ODI tons but the relief was palpable more than excitement and happiness of having achieved what was unthinkable even a decade ago.

After completing his century, he however opened up hitting pacer Sahadat Hossain for back to back boundaries as his partner Suresh Raina sent the opposition bowlers on a leatherhunt in favourable conditions as he smashed a quickfire 51 off 38 balls with five fours and two sixes. ó PTI

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Punjab down Comets
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Jallandhar, March 16
After Chandigarh Comets defeated Shere-Punjab at their home ground, the latter settled scores by beating the Comets 5-2, in the 31st match of the World Series Hockey, at Olympian Surjit Singh hockey stadium, here this evening.

With two minutes for the first quarter left, Karamjit Singh managed to earn a penalty corner for the home team but defender Harpreet Singh missed it. Later, just after the start of second quarter, left-in Karamjit again successfully managed to win another penalty corner but the score remained the same after Harpreet failed again.

In the meantime, Harpreet Singh (Senior) managed to penetrate Chandigarhís defence and served an open net goal to Deepak Thakur, which he successfully converted (1-0) in the25th minute. Charged up by the first goal, right full back VS Vinaya intercepted a long pass by Robert Green and smartly scored in the 31st minute.

Later, Karamjit won the fourth penalty corner and this time Harpreet tasted success and scored the third goal in the 35th minute.

While he was to be credited for earning penalty corners for the home team, Karamjit failed to put his name in the scorerís list, after failing to beat goalkeeper Harjot in the 39th minute.

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Sports get raw deal in budget
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 16
The sports fraternity had expected a big allocation for sports in the budget, but in the end, the Sports Ministry got only Rs 741 crores for the year 2012-13, which is just 41 crore (5.86 per cent) over the budget estimate for the year 2011-12 and an increase of only 132 crore (21.67 per cent) over the revised estimate for 2011-12.

Interestingly, most the money allocated for sports in the budget will be consumed for administrative purposes. The Sports Authority of India will get Rs 288 crore, Scheme of Assistance for National Sports Federation will get Rs 110 ctore, Rs 40 crore for Urban Sports Infrastructure and Rs 30 crore for the Lakshmibai University of Physical Education (Gwalior). Sports Minister Ajay Maken's ambitious plan to set-up a National Insstitute of Sports Sciences and Sports Medicine, following rampant doping cases among Indian sports persons, gets just a measly amount of Rs 5 crore while National Institute of Sports, Patiala has been allocated Rs 5 crore.

Preparation of teams for mega sporting events has been allocated just 1 crore while the National Physical Fitness Programme gets Rs 5 crore. The budget allocation for sports is grossly inadequate and this being the Olympic year, sportspersons and officials had expected a quantum jump in the allocation.

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