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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

ICC World Cup: Dravid hails 'mind-boggling' Tendulkar

Record breaker: Tendulkar currently has 99 international centuries

India Test batsman Rahul Dravid has paid a glowing tribute Sachin Tendulkar as the 'Little Master' stands on cusp of what he describes as a "mind-boggling" achievement.

Mercurial batsman Tendulkar, 37, stands on the verge of history heading into the clash semi-final clash against arch rivals Pakistan as India attempt to win their second World Cup title.

The Little Master needs just one century for 100 in international cricket, and Dravid admits it will be a "special" feat, regardless of the opposition.

“I think it would be special if he does it any time,” Dravid toldSport360° in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

“It would be great if he could do it in the semi-final as that would mean India will have a good score but I think it’s a special achievement whenever he does it.

“It’s a phenomenal achievement and it’s almost mind-boggling if somebody can score 100 hundreds in international cricket and it’s just a tribute to the longevity of the man and his ability, skill and just the way he has gone about his career, the focus, the determination and the hunger.”

Asked what makes Tendulkar so special, Dravid replied: “I just think his hunger for the game and his desire and also I think his love for the game.

“I mean he has been playing a long time, he has been travelling a long time and he seems to keep enjoying the game.

“It’s not easy to do that when you’ve been on the road for so many years and he just seems to be loving it and enjoying it and getting joy out of playing the game all the time.”

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