On March 16, Sachin Tendulkar, the Indian cricketer known as the Little Master for his diminutive stature and oversized accomplishments, reached a very big landmark, getting his 100th score of 100 runs playing for the national team—a mark never before reached in the sport's history. It took Tendulkar a year to get from 99 centuries to a "ton of tons" (an individual score of 100 or more in a single innings is known as a "ton"), prompting speculation that the career of the sport's greatest batsman was on the wane. At 38, Tendulkar is old for a professional cricketer. But his appetite for runs is undiminished, and his team (which lost the match to Bangladesh) needs him. Few would be surprised if, with the monkey off his back, the Little Master returned to his free-scoring ways.
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