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Reaction after Sachin Tendulkar's 100th century

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NEW DELHI (AP) -Reaction to Sachin Tendulkar's unprecedented feat of 100 international centuries:

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"I join the nation in congratulating Sachin Tendulkar on his making history - a hundred centuries. He has made India proud. Tendulkar's long career has been a triumph of class, character and courage. Wish him many more innings and feats to continue inspiring the youth." - Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

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"On behalf of every cricket fan around the globe I congratulate Sachin on becoming the first person to score 100 centuries for his country. This is indeed a magnificent feat and not likely to be easily emulated." - ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat.

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"Your achievement speaks volumes of your dedication to this great game. I am sure your illustrious career will be written in golden letters in the history of cricket and will serve as a beacon of inspiration for many generations of cricketers to follow." - ICC president Sharad Pawar.

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"Ever since he made his international debut in November 1989, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar has strode cricketing arenas the world over, like a colossus. He has broken old records and set new benchmarks. He has been an inspiration to billions, and an ornament to the sport." - Board of Control for Cricket in India president Narainswamy Srinivasan.

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"He has got an inquisitive mind, a mind that is prepared to learn. Tendulkar always looks to score, is never satisfied and always hungry for runs. His approach, focus and concentration is incredible." - Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar.

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"It's a golden moment for not only Sachin but also Indian cricket. It's a historic moment. Nobody has done it before and it is the greatest milestone. It's very, very hard to beat. I'm very glad that an Indian has done it." - Former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar.

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"It (100 centuries) is a feat that is incomparable in any form of cricket and unparalleled in the history of the game. I do not deny that Sachin had missed a number of centuries being in 90s but his effort in achieving the glorious feat itself speaks volumes about him." - India chief selector Krishnamachari Srikkanth.

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"Congratulations! It's a small thing for you but a phenomenal historic achievement. Dinner's on me when we meet. Many more!" - India opener Virender Sehwag on Twitter.

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"His passion, determination and dedication to the game is admirable. It's not easy to have played for 23 years at the international level in these times." - Former India allrounder Mohinder Amarnath.

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"It is an incredible performance and a landmark achievement. It is a great relief for Sachin and the cricketing fraternity as everyone was concerned as to when he will get the magical figure of a 100th hundred." - Former India offspinner Erapalli Prasanna.

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"The best thing about him is that he always looked hungry for runs. It's not easy to stay fit for 20 long years in international cricket and keep scoring so many loads of runs, congratulations to him and to the entire cricketing world." - Former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad.

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"India's performance revolves around him. The atmosphere and euphoria at the stadium, the buzz around the town when he is going to different places is second to none." - Former Australia opener Matthew Hayden.

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"It's remarkable. You are talking about the wait for his 100th international century but it's an achievement over a long period of time. It's really a celebration of his career. It would have been nice if he had achieved this in Sydney or Melbourne." - Former Australia allrounder Tom Moody.

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"Seriously has anyone actually thought about what Sachin has done here?? 100 100's!!!! Absolutely unbelievable.. Batters' dream!" - England batsman Kevin Pietersen, on Twitter.

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"The focus should not be about how he got his 100th hundred, but how he got his 100 hundreds." - Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar, on Twitter.

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"Scoring 100 centuries for your country is a momentous achievement and the fact that Ricky Ponting (71), our own Jacques Kallis (59) and Brian Lara (53) are the only other players to have made more than 50 international centuries puts it into a true perspective." - Cricket South Africa chief executive Gerald Majola.

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"God's special creation .. Sachin Tendulkar !!" Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, on Twitter.

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