Would have loved to play alongside Sir Viv and Gavaskar: Sachin Tendulkar
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Sachin Tendulkar is arguably one of the greatest cricketers of our generation. However, having played with a few generations of cricketers in his time, Tendulkar is most certainly an important figure in Indian sporting folklore.
Speaking of his batting heroes, Tendulkar added that he would have loved to play with legends Sunil Gavaskar as well as Sir Viv Richards. He also went on to add that they were his heroes growing up.
Speaking to The Hindu, Sachin said, “I really would have loved playing alongside Sunil sir (Gavaskar) and Viv (Richards). They were my batting heroes.” Gavaskar also responded to Sachin’s quote by saying It’s nice of him to say that.
Tendulkar also went on to speak about his debut in Pakistan. He also went as far as describing that as a special feeling, something that many cricketers do not feel these days. “It was a special moment for all of us. It was a moment we ought to take pride in collectively. Personally, I will never forget my debut Test (in Pakistan in 1989).
“In fact, even the news of being selected to play for India was huge for me. It was always a challenge to get into the Test squad and that made me realize the significance of five-day cricket. It is an amazing feeling to know that I have been a part of it in 40 per cent of the matches. It’s been a thrilling experience, he added.
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Finally, Sachin Tendulkar added that he admired the servants of Indian cricket in recent times. “Hats off to all those who served the game all these years. It would not be fair to compare the different eras but I admire the spirit in which they played cricket. They never complained and charmed their way into the hearts of the fans,” Sachin opined.
When asked about how it feels to be a part of India’s 500th Test match, Sachin said, Honestly, 500 is just a number. Cricket is the same. You see many things along the way and some remain with you. I’m glad that I could be part of the foundation of this building. It also gave me an opportunity to catch up with some old friends.