'Maradona+Pele = Sachin Tendulkar'

Oct 10, 2013, 15:35 IST | Team MiD DAY

Ten tributes for Tendulkar from men who recognise true greatness

I wish I had Tendulkar’s hunger
- Inzamam-ul-Haq

For cricket, Tendulkar is Maradona and Pele put together
- Allan Donald

South African pacer Allan Donald had once said that "For cricket, Tendulkar is Maradona and Pele put together."

In my dream XI, Sachin will definitely be among the top six batsmen of all time
- Allan Border

Very much like Sir Garfield Sobers, Sachin should be used as an international ambassador for cricket
- Peter Kirsten

Like Sir Donald Bradman’s batting average of 99.94, Tendulkar’s achievements will stand atop everything in the modern era
- Graeme Hick

The one thing that always stuck in my mind about Sachin was that his size never matched his status
- Matthew Hayden

Sachin is a validation, a living emblem of the truth that an Indian can be the best in the world, the best ever if you like, and can do so without appearing to break a sweat and without needing to ask anybody for favours
- Simon Barnes (writer)

If you look at the top 10 sportspersons in the world who began their careers before the standard age, it’s very difficult to find people who have lasted as long as Sachin has
- Kapil Dev

I have never seen him (Bradman) bat. I have, however, seen Sachin batting, which is for me the best thing in batsmanship. He is simply magnificent
- Sir Viv Richards

Statistically, Tendulkar has a better record than Ricky Ponting. If Tendulkar is far more orthodox, classical and technical, Ponting is a little more unorthodox
- John Buchanan 

Text courtesy: Sachin: Cricketer of the century by Vimal Kumar. Published by Penguin Books

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