'Sporting geniuses like Sachin are rare phenomenons'

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International Cricket Council chief executive David Richardson has lauded the retiring Sachin Tendulkar as a "sporting genius."

International Cricket Council chief executive David Richardson has lauded the retiring Sachin Tendulkar as a "sporting genius."

Tendulkar completed his 200th – and final Test match – against the West Indies at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday, as India completed an innings and 124-run victory.

"He was an exceptional cricketer who earned the utmost respect of his peers, team-mates, opponents and fans all over the world through his talent, performances and fierce competitiveness," said former South African wicketkeeper-batsman Richardson, who played against Tendulkar.

"His 664 internationals, 34,357 runs and 100 centuries, over 24 years, not only illustrate his determination and commitment to the game but also his mental and physical toughness, which are the vital ingredients to reach the highest pedestal in any sport.

"Sporting geniuses like Sachin are rare phenomenons and we are privileged to have seen him in action. On behalf of the ICC and the entire cricketing family, I thank Sachin for his unprecedented services to our sport and we wish him well in the future."

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The veteran Tendulkar's 24-year international career featured many accolades, including a stretch of 139 matches as the ICC player rankings' leading batsman. Only West Indian trio Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Vivian Richards and Brian Lara held the mantle for longer.

"Sachin always put his team ahead of himself during his illustrious career," he added. "But he picked up a number of personal accolades, which highlight his brilliance," added Richardson.

"He was declared player of the tournament at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003, won the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year in 2010, was the top-rated Test batsman for a total of 139 Tests, was the number-one ranked ODI batsman for 112 matches or 354 days, played with 104 Test team-mates and faced 477 Test opponents."

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