Jon Dunham - ‘Little Master’ has sealed legacy

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It’s a feat that will never be achieved again, well, not in my lifetime anyway.

The cricketing world had been waiting for almost a year and yesterday they held their collective breaths as Sachin Tendulkar finally made history with his 100th century in international cricket.

Every superlative to describe the ‘Little Master’ would have been used by now but he truly has been a phenomenon – not just in cricket but sport in general.

A lot of cricketers starting out in their careers would probably be happy just to have one international century on their CV.

To have 100 of them is simply taking the game to another level.

And, as observed earlier, it is an achievement that won’t be matched any time soon, if ever.

Australian star Ricky Ponting has 71 and South Africa’s Jacques Kallis has 59, they are the next two and neither will get there.

And if you delve into those under the age of 30 who might have half a chance – England’s Alastair Cook is sitting pretty on 23.

You only have to look at the calibre of those players to realise just how good Tendulkar is but not even he would have believed it was possible after registering his first international ton against England at Old Trafford in 1990.

The statistics since then have been staggering.

He has 15,470 Test runs at an average of 55.44 and over 18,000 in the one-day game.

Of his 100 tons, 51 have come in the Test arena, 49 in ODIs.

He is certainly the greatest player of my generation and probably the one before that as well.

The greatest ever? That could be argued until the cows come home.

I am sure a certain Don Bradman would have achieved the same feat had he been playing in the modern era.

But Tendulkar has cemented his legacy as the greatest batsman of his generation and, without question, the best player India will ever produce.