17 Mar 2012

Tendulkar achieves cricket landmark

8:52 pm on 17 March 2012

India's Sachin Tendulkar has became the first cricketer to score 100 international centuries.

The 38-year-old reached the landmark during an Asia Cup one-day match against Bangladesh in Dhaka on Friday.

He hit 10 boundaries and one six on the way to his hundred, which he reached off 138 deliveries.

On achieving the much-awaited target, Tendulkar stood looking at his bat for a moment, then raised his helmet towards the crowd, planted a kiss on the Indian cricket logo and was hugged by a team mate.

The Little Master's achievement sparked celebrations among his team mates in the Shere Bangla National Stadium and brought the roaring crowd to their feet.

"I am not God. After scoring 99 centuries, I needed a year to score another. It shows scoring a 100 from 99 is tough," a relieved Tendulkar told reporters.

"It has been a test of my character and patience," he said. "Now that it is out of the way things can come back to normal."

Tendulkar was finally out for 114 off 147 balls.