Karachi: Former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad is relieved that his record of six World Cup appearances -- the most by any cricketer -- has been equaled by a legend like Sachin Tendulkar.
The ongoing World Cup is Tendulkar`s sixth, whose first appearance in the quadrennial extravaganza came way back in 1992 in Australia and New Zealand.
"It is always good when a great player manages to equal or surpass a record set by you. I am happy Tendulkar has equalled my record of World Cup appearances. Given his dedication and commitment he deserves this honor," Miandad said on Sunday.
The former great, who played in World Cups from 1975 to 1996, said he knew from experience just how much hard work and commitment was needed to play on for so long.
"I think it just shows how passionate Tendulkar is about his game and career. I congratulate him because he has worked hard. He is an example for youngsters."
Miandad also has no doubts that Tendulkar is among the top batsmen in cricket history. "I don`t need to say this as his records speak for itself and the way he is going he will achieve many more," Miandad added.
Miandad, who played his first World Cup at the age of 18, witnessed the Test debut of a 16-year old Tendulkar in the Karachi game in 1989.
"To keep on going for so long, it is amazing and I think his one burning ambition will now be to help India win this World Cup. This is one glory he has not got as yet. His form will be crucial to India`s chances of winning the tournament."