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Tendulkar congratulated by Leander Paes

December 20, 2010, 11:33 PM IST
Tendulkar congratulated by Leander Paes

Kolkata: India's tennis ace Leander Paes today congratulated Sachin Tendulkar for his 50th Test century and lauded the legendary batsman for achieving the special milestone.

"It was a phenomenal achievement by him. He is realy god-gifted. I really respect the longevity of his performance," Paes, the winner of 12 Grand Slams (six doubles and six mixed doubles) said.

Later Paes called on Union Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee at the Trinamool Bhavan. Mamata requested him to help her ministry set up a tennis academy in the state.

"He is the pride of Bengal. We have given a proposal to him to help us with his valuable inputs to set up a tennis academy," the Railway Minister said after talking to Paes this evening.

Paes also spoke about his renewed partnership with Mahesh Bhupathi as the duo will hit the courts in the Chennai Open from January 3 to 9 and thereafter in the 2011's first Grand Slam - Australian Open.

"For me it is important that we play together for India.

It depends on the performance. If we enjoy the partnership, then of course we will have an open chance of playing together. We hope to have a good start together in Australia."

Paes was also all praise for Somdev Devvarman who won two gold medals at the Guangzhou Asian Games last month.

"His talent lies in his hard work. To go and see him perform is a fantastic one. He performed really well at the Commonwealth Games and at the Asiad. He, of course, has the mettle to carry the Indian flag on his own shoulders."

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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