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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Sachin dedicates 44th ODI ton to Dungarpur

Sachin Tendulkar plays a shot during the final tri-nation cricket series between India and Sri Lanka in Colombo on Monday. Tendulkar has dedicated his match-winning 44th ODI ton to Raj Singh Dungarpur, who headed the National Selection Committee, which selected the ace batsman for the tour of Pakistan, twenty years ago.

Sachin Tendulkar has dedicated his match-winning 44th one-day international century to Raj Singh Dungarpur.

Tendulkar made 138 in the final of the Compaq Cup against Sri Lanka at the Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, on Sunday. He was also declared the ‘Man of the Match’ and ‘Man of the Series.’

Twenty years ago, Tendulkar was selected in the Indian team for the tour of Pakistan by Raj Singh Dungarpur, the then chairman of the National Selection Committee.

“His (Tendulkar’s) selection went like a shot,” had said Raj Singh.

In a text message Tendulkar said: “I would like to dedicate this century (138, 133b, 10x 4s, 1 x 6) to Mr. Raj Singh. It’s (his passing away) terrible for us to recover from.”

Raj Singh, who held many positions in the BCCI, died last Saturday.

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