“I am very sad to hear that Tendulkar has decided to retire from one-day cricket. I hope he continues to play Test matches because to my mind he could have played on even in ODIs for another two years.
“He remains, to my mind, the best player in the world. I have never seen a more complete player than Tendulkar and I have always been a great admirer of his batting,” said Hanif, who celebrated his 78th birthday on December 21. “I am one of those fortunate people who have seen Bradman and Tendulkar bat in my lifetime and in my opinion Tendulkar is the best batsman I have seen in my life,” Hanif was quoted as saying by PTI.
Hanif now hopes to meet Tendulkar during his visit to India as a goodwill ambassador for the Pakistan Cricket Board. “If possible, I will definitely like to meet Tendulkar and have a chat with him in India. It has been a great experience watching him bat all these years,” Hanif said.