Sachin Tendulkar has made the country proud: Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav

Sachin Tendulkar has scored 51 centuries in Test cricket and 49 in ODIs AFP

Lucknow: March 16, 2012

The entire political spectrum of Uttar Pradesh Friday joined hands to congratulate Sachin Tendulkar on his 100th international ton.

Leading the political class was the new Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, who despite his busy schedule kept a tab on the developments at Dhaka’s Shere Bangla National Stadium.

In a statement issued after Sachin achieved the feat, Akhilesh Yadav said the legendary player had raised the bar for the coming generation of cricketers and brought immense glory to the sport and India.

“He has made the country proud with this 100th century,” Yadav said.

UP Congress chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi lauded the cricketer and said Sachin had become immortal.

The record would probably be never repeated again in cricket’s history very soon, she said.

Congress leader Pramod Tiwari also congratulated Sachin and called him one of the “bright stars of the cricketing world”.

Bharatiya Janata Party state president Surya Pratap Shahi too had words of appreciation for Sachin.

“This is a momentous day, both for cricket and millions of Indians,” Shahi added.

Although a new government took office only Thursday, bureaucrats and newly sworn in ministers kept track of the match in Bangladesh, with some watching it on television in their new offices. (IANS)

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