India’s Tendulkar Scores Cricket’s Only 100th Century

Posted March 16th, 2012 at 4:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Indian cricket star Sachin Tendulkar has become the only man in the history of the sport to score 100 international centuries.

Tendulkar had waited more than one year to reach the milestone of scoring 100 or more runs in either a Test match or a one-day international. He achieved the landmark figure on Friday in a one-day Asia Cup match against host Bangladesh, then kissed the Indian emblem on his helmet.

The 38-year-old Tendulkar has made 49 centuries in one-day matches and 51 in cricket Tests. He had recorded his 99th international hundred more than a year ago on home soil as part of India's World Cup champion team.

Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting is second on the all-time list with 71 international centuries. South Africa's Jacques Kallis is third with 59.

Tendulkar also holds the record for the most runs scored in test matches. His current total of 33,854 in international cricket has cemented his status as one of the best batsman of all time.

India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh led the tributes that poured in from around the world, saying Tendulkar “has made India proud.” Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan tweeted, “India breathes normally ..!!” International Cricket Council president Haroon Lorgat hailed Tendulkar as a “marvel” to cricket lovers around the world.

Tendulkar's landmark feat failed to prevent Bangladesh from beating India by five wickets.