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Sachin Tendulkar: Quotable quotes on the batting legend

Filed on November 12, 2013

Here’s a look at what Sachin Tendulkar’s team mates and opponents – some of them legendary in their own right -- have to say about him.

Andrew Flintoff: When you bowl at him you are not just trying to get him out, you are trying to impress him. “I want him to walk off thinking 'That Flintoff, he's all right, isn't he?’ I feel privileged to have played against him.

Mark Waugh: When you play against Tendulkar, you almost want to see him get a few runs just to see him bat.

Shane Warne: I would go to bed having nightmares of Sachin dancing down the ground and hitting me for sixes.

Viv Richards: He is 99.5% perfect. I'll pay to watch him play. I think he is marvellous. I think he will fit in whatever category of cricket that has been played or will be played, from the first ball that has ever been bowled to the last ball that's going to be. He can play in any era and at any level.

Sir Don Bradman: I saw him playing on television and was struck by his technique, so I asked my wife to come look at him. Now I never saw myself play, but I feel that this player is playing much the same as I used to play, and she looked at him on television and said yes, there is a similarity between the two.

Allan Donald: In my several years of international cricket, Tendulkar remains the best batsman I have ever bowled to. It's been a pleasure to bowl at the master batsman even though one hasn't always emerged with credit from the engagements.

Harsha Bhogle: In the recently concluded IPL when Sachin drove Ishant Sharma to a straight drive, he said ‘Open the text book, turn to page 32’.

Shane Warne: Sachin Tendulkar is, in my time, the best player without doubt - daylight second, Brian Lara third.

Mathew Hayden: I have seen God. He bats at No. 4 for India in Tests.

Ravi Shastri: He is someone sent from up there to play cricket and go back.

Mark Taylor: We did not lose to a team called India...we lost to a man called Sachin.

Brain Lara: Sachin is a genius, I am a mere mortal.

Paul Strang: What we (Zimbabwe) need is 10 Tendulkars.

Steve Waugh: There is no shame losing to such a great player.

Michael Kasprowicz: Don't bowl him bad balls, he hits the good ones for fours.

Geoffrey Boycott: Technically, you can't fault Sachin. Seam or spin, fast or slow nothing is a problem.

Hashim Amla: Nothing bad can happen to us if we're on a plane in India with Sachin Tendulkar on it.

Adam Hollioake: In an over I can bowl six different balls. But then Sachin looks at me with a sort of gentle arrogance down the pitch as if to say 'Can you bowl me another one?'

Wasim Akram: Cricketers like Sachin come once in a lifetime and I am privileged he played in my time.

Rahul Dravid: Playing in the same team as Sachin is a huge honour. His balance of mind, shrewd judgement, modesty and, above all, his technical brilliance make him my all-time hero... You can't get a more complete cricketer than Sachin. He has everything that a cricketer needs to have.

Mohammad Azharuddin: The more I see him, the more I want to see him.

Harsha Bhogle: If Sachin plays well, India sleeps well.

Arjuna Ranatunga: You get him out and half the battle is won.

Andy Flower: There are two kinds of batsmen in the world. One: Sachin Tendulkar. Two: the others.

Rudy Koertzen: I never get tired during umpiring whenever Sachin is on the crease.

Virat Kohli: Tendulkar has carried the burden of the nation for 21 years. It is time we carried him on our shoulders.

Michael Hussey: Test cricket is bloody hard work, especially when you've got Sachin batting with what looks like a three-metre-wide bat.


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