CSA chief Lorgat praises 'icon' Tendulkar

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Cricket South Africa extended their congratulations to Sachin Tendulkar on his 200th Test match appearance in Mumbai on Thursday, with CSA chief Haroon Lorgat praising the India legend.

Cricket South Africa extended their congratulations to Sachin Tendulkar on his 200th Test match appearance in Mumbai on Thursday, with CSA chief Haroon Lorgat praising the India legend despite recent upheavals between the nations.

Tendulkar was playing his final cricket match before retirement, exiting the game as the top Test run-scorer and the most capped player ever. He was set to play his 200th game in Cape Town, before the BCCI and CSA fell out regarding that schedule.

Lorgat said: "Sachin has been one of the best role models the game of cricket could have ever wished for. His ability speaks for itself and together with his exceptional attitude combined with his humility makes him an extraordinary player.

"This more than matches his amazing career records that he has amassed over more than two decades. We would all love our children to play the game in the same spirit that he does.

"Having been fortunate to have engaged with him on a number of occasions I would argue there is no better modern cricketer in the complete sense than Sachin Tendulkar.

"For South Africans his career will always be very special as he has been ever present right from our first ever ODI at Eden Gardens in 1991 when he scored a half century.

"And who can forget one of the game's great moments when we witnessed his one-on-one battle with Dale Steyn at Sahara Park Newlands in 2011. We will miss him.

"I know I can speak on behalf of every cricketer, every administrator and every fan in our country and say: Thank you, Sachin, you have been a most gracious icon and you have given many wonderful gifts to the game of cricket and you will remain a lasting inspiration for generations to come."

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