Cricket’s greatest-ever batsman added yet another incredible achievement to his already endless list of accomplishments by becoming the first player in history to score 100 scores of 100 or more runs for his country. India threw a celebratory party for 1.2 billion people on March 16 when Sachin Tendulkar reached the mark, against neighboring Bangladesh. But fans are fickle creatures; as the sound of the last firecracker faded, many were already asking when the diminutive genius, now 39, would call it a day. Tendulkar said he was in no hurry to retire: he’s enjoying the game, and thinks he has more to contribute. “I don’t plan too far ahead, I’ve never done that,” he told TIME in the summer. “I believe in approaching my targets step by step, and don’t look at the larger picture.” No relief, then, for bowlers everywhere.
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