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Virat or Rohit can break my record, says Sachin

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By The Telegraph Online
  • Published 30.03.12

Mumbai: Sachin Tendulkar’s bouquet of records has many a feat which would make any mortal proud. But the latest addition — century of International centuries — to his mind-boggling collection is one record that most believe will remain unconquered.

However, The Master himself thinks differently. He believes that either Virat Kohli or Rohit Sharma will be able break his unique record.

Tendulkar made the prediction at a lavish bash, thrown by industrialist and his IPL team Mumbai Indians’ owner Mukesh Ambani, on Monday night, to felicitate him for his achievement after Bollywood star Salman Khan lobbed a question.

Salman’s speech, peppered with humour, was the high point of the event where he goaded Tendulkar into predicting who he thinks would break the awesome record.

Kya lagta hai aapko? Seedhe seedhe bolo nahi tod payega…” Salman said.

In reply, Tendulkar rose from his front-row chair and said: “I think those who can, are sitting in this room only.”

“Chance hi nahi,” retorted Salman.

“I can see those youngsters… Virat and Rohit are the ones. As long as an Indian betters it, I don’t mind,” said Tendulkar, drawing a round of applause from the celebrity guests.

But to say that Virat and Rohit have a long way to go before they can even get near to such a record would be an understatement. While Virat has 12 International hundreds (1 in Tests and 11 in ODIs) to his credit, Rohit, who is yet to make his Test debut, has just two International centuries, both coming in the ODIs.

Salman, while referring to Tendulkar’s feat, also said: “I hope this record is broken very soon because records are meant to be broken... Sachin yaar, how does it feel to be praised all the time? Don’t you feel that ‘ok, I know all this, that’s enough’?”

The actor didn’t stop at that, and much to everyone’s amusement, said: “How about 200 buddy, how’s that? 100 are already there, another 100, how much time does it take?”

Later, when Tendulkar was called to the stage for accepting mementos from guests like Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, the batsman took a dig at Priyanka Chopra for addressing him as ‘Sir’.

“I don’t know what to say when you call me Sachin sir... I just changed my hairstyle thinking that I would look young, but it doesn’t work,” he said.

Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar also attended the function and paid her tribute by performing a rendition of one of her all-time hits — the title track of classic Mera Saaya which happens to be Tendulkar’s favourite song.

Also present was Aamir Khan who spoke warmly of Tendulkar, calling him a “wonderful human being.”

“I was shooting for a film at the CCI and in the evening, the Indian team had come for the nets. I was talking to the seniors and there was a little 14-year-old boy playing… I was thinking ‘ye baccha kahan se ghus gaya Indian team ke nets mein?’,” the actor recalled.

“While I was talking to the stalwarts, I couldn’t help but ask them that kid was? Then I was told he was Sachin, and that he might be in the Indian team,” he added. (PTI)