India salutes Tendulkar
Kris Srikkanth, Roger Binny and Gundappa Viswanath paid tribute to Test cricket's most prolific batsman.
Last Updated: 17/10/08 2:13pm
India's chairman of selectors Kris Srikkanth believes there is still much more to come from Sachin Tendulkar after the 35-year-old became the leading Test run scorer at Mohali on Friday.
Tendulkar's 88 on the opening day of the second Test against Australia took him past Brian Lara at the head of the all-time list.
The Mumbai-born batsman now has 12,027 runs from his 152 Tests, an achievement that has been universally lauded by team-mates and opponents.
But Srikkanth also feels Tendulkar must continue his prolific run-gathering feats to help India through a period of transition as several leading players come towards the end of their careers.
"To have an Indian as the highest run-getter is an honour," said Srikkanth.
"We had Sunil Gavaskar in the past and now Sachin has regained that record for us.
"When you know that an Indian is number one in the world, it gives you a great sense of pride.
"Sachin has to keep it going, India needs him for some more time because India is going through a transition phase.
"You need someone like Tendulkar around to guide the youngsters."
Roger Binny, a member of India's 1983 World Cup winning team, paid tribute to Tendulkar's confidence in the face of fierce bowling.
"Sachin getting to this landmark record is a very proud moment for us," he said.
"I'm sure it will have a great effect on the other batters who will try and achieve his consistency, his hard work and his confidence.
"He has played some terrific fast bowlers in the world and he took them on so confidently. That has been his strength,"
Former Test cricketer Gundappa Viswanath added: "He always appeared very cool when he was playing and even otherwise.
"That was the hallmark of his greatness."
India president Pratibha Patil delivered a congratulatory message to Tendulkar, saying: "You have given joy to countless Indians with your batting".