‘Sachin has pushed frontiers of human excellence’

Last Updated: Dec 21, 2010, 18:04 PM IST

Islamabad: Limiting Sachin Tendulkar`s feat of scoring 50 Test centuries to just the game of cricket would be unfair to the Indian batsman and his latest achievement needs to be seen as something which has pushed the frontiers of human excellence, stated an editorial in a leading Pakistan daily.

Tendulkar on Sunday, became the first batsman in the history to score 50 Test centuries after his unbeaten 111-run knock against South Africa at the Supersport park in Centurion.

Hailing Tendulkar`s class and longevity in the game, an editorial in newspaper said the Indian cricketer`s achievements should not been seen from a mere cricketing perspective.

"Putting Sachin Tendulkar`s latest feat in a strictly cricketing context would not be fair to the sportsman. His achievements in the world of cricket need to be seen on a par with efforts in any other field science, art, literature, etc to push the frontiers of human excellence," the editorial said.

"This achievement speaks volumes for the cricketer`s temperament and his ability to adapt to changing times in the sports world....It is no wonder that he has survived two decades, and has, in fact, ruled the cricketing world," it added.

The newspaper did not indulge in a debate whether Tendulkar`s achievements are greater than legendary Sir Don Bradman but said the Indian indeed is modern day `Bradman`.

"His exploits even when he was less than halfway through his career caused people to draw comparisons with Donald Bradman, who is universally seen as the greatest cricketer ever.”

"Tendulkar has established himself as the modern era`s equivalent of the iconic Don. The many feathers in his cap appear to justify this perception. He has no more points to prove to anyone. For the cricketing world at large, it has been a privilege to watch Sachin Tendulkar demonstrate his remarkable skills," it read.

PTI