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What the others' say . . .

 

AUSTRALIA

 

"He plays in a similar manner. It is just his compactness and his stroke production that make me feel that I must have played in much the same manner. 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...hi compactness, technique, stroke production... it all seemed to gel !!! ".
Sir Don Bradman

"Hell, if he stayed, even at 11 an over he would have got it."
Allan Border (after India won the Coca-Cola cup in Sharjah)

"Techincally he stands out as the best because of his ability to increase the pace at will".
David Boon.

“If I had to bowl to Sachin I would bowl with a helmet on. He hits the ball so hard. Sachin’s the best player I've seen in 10 years.”
Dennis Lillie

"He's better than Lara,he scores so fast".
Geoff Marsh.

"I'm amazed at the way Sachin bats. The power of Sachin is unbelievable (whew !). Its exciting to have the chance of bowling at Sachin. He is a perfectly balanced batsman and knows perfectly well when to attack and when to play defensive cricket. He has developed the ability to treat bowlers all over the world with contempt and can destroy any attack with utmost ease. I'd like to see him go out and bat one day with a stump. I tell you he'd do okay."
Greg Chappell.

"I made a prediction on the eve of the Kenya match that he will make a hundred in memory of his father. I knew he would make it a special day."
Greg Chappel

"Harder he works, the luckier he gets".
Ian Chappel.

“Don Bradman says that Sachin’s the one batsman who bats like he used to. It’s been a privilege to watch his innings in Chennai and Bangalore.”
Ian Chappell.

"Despite any and all the facts, some cynics will still class India as a one-man batting team. That is one of the crosses sachin has to bear as a great player and any statement to that effect should be looked upon as a tribute to tendulkar. When he is at his brilliant best he is so dominant that no other Indian player needs to attack and so they settle down to play a ‘team knock’"
Ian Chappell.

"Tendulkar is the most complete batsman I have stood behind. I saw the hundred in Perth on a bouncy pitch with Hughes, McDermott and Whitney gunning for him - he only had 60-odd when No 11 came in. I`ve seen him against Warne, too."
Ian Healy, the unforgiving Australian wicketkeeper's thoughts

"Sachin is an attacker.  He has much more power than Sunny.  He wants to be the one to set the pace.  He has to be on top.  That's the buzz about him."
Jeff Thompson.

"Australia,we have a problem ; the first time an Australian attack featuring Warne has been put away with masterly precision. If Tendulkar can repeat in the Tests the type of innings he played,the Australians can say goodbye to their hopes of winning the series and turn their thoughts to saving it. The question of how to dismiss him must be shuffled backwards.The immediate concern is how to contain him."
Malcom Knox in The Melbourne Age after Sachin's 204* for Mumbai against Australia.

"In all my years of fascination with the game no one player has so enthralled me and no personality has so impressed me. Few people have cricket running through their veins in the way of India`s prodigal son: Barry and Vivian Richards, a Cowdrey and a Graveney possibly, Garfield Sobers for certain; few people appear to have their bat as an extension of their body; few people have 'the great leveller' as their oyster."
Mark Nicholas.

"He's a phenomenon. We have to be switched on when he plays, allow him no boundaries, for then he doesn't stop"
Mark Taylor.

"Sachin's better; Lara is more risky outside the off stump."
Mark Waugh.

"Batting is like a stroll to him. Just go out and do it"
Mark Waugh - after Sachin's 3rd consecutive hundred against Australia at the mini-world cup in Dhaka, 1998.

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

“Sachin’s the best. I’ve had this view since I saw him score that hundred in Sydney in 1992. He’s the most composed batsmen I’ve ever seen.”
Mike Coward.

“Tendulkar is the supreme right-hander on the planet, a focused technician who offers a counterpoint to Brian Lara’s more eye-catching destruction.”
Mike Selvey.

"He's bigger than Ben Hur,"
Paul Wilson.

“Sometime back I had written a piece that said Sachin is the master and Lara a genuis with his head high up somewhere. That’s it.”
Peter Roebuck.

"They bowled him short-pitched stuff and bouncers. Umpire Holder even warned Wasim Akram. Sachin, they tell me, never took a backward step."
Richie Banaud

"I'll be going to bed having nightmares of Sachin just running down the wicket and belting me back over the head for six.He was unstoppable.I don't think anyone besides Don bradman is in the same class as Sachin Tendulkar, he is just an amazing player.It really is such a challenge to bowl to him. He had one of those series where he couldn't do anything wrong and everything he tried worked. When it comes to judging the best among these fabulous band of batsmen, my vote goes to Tendulkar. He has an uncanny ability to come out on top under different circumstances and under different conditions, whether it is Test cricket or one-day internationals. And more importantly, he has done this so young. Nothing affects Sachin whereas Brian lets things bother him.".
Shane Warne - the greatest spinner of all times after the Australian tour od India in 1998.

"You have to decide for yourself whether you are bowling well or not. He's going to hit you for fours and sixes anyway."
Shane Warne

"It was one of the greatest innings I have ever seen. There is no shame being beaten by such a great player, Sachin is perhaps only next to the Don. In history he will go down as second to Bradman.".
Steve Waugh (after being defeated in the Coca-Cola Cup finals in Sharjah)

"You take Bradman away and he is next up I reckon.What sets Tendulkar apart from other batsmen is that he picks up the ball so early.He is such a sweet timer of the ball.He's got a great eye and great foot movement and he very rarely gets into the wrong position.".
Steve Waugh

"I bowled a perfect yorker. He somehow got under it and scooped it one bounce into the fence. I thought I can’t bowl much better than that. It’s time to give someone else a chance."
Steve Waugh

"Thers no doubt about it.He's the best. He is cool, has magnificient temperament, and is so mature you tend to forget his age. I can't think of any other example of a player who has so dominated the world before the age of 25."
Tony Greig.

"The most exciting batsman of his time because he finds the right balance between reason and passion, techinque and power, nerves and placement and judgement that applies to all tastes."
The Australian media.

 

ENGLAND

 

"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?' "
Adam Hollioke to a friend.

"Sachin Tendulkar is the best batsman in the world for style, domination and changing the course of matches. He is relatively close to being the most complete batsman."
David Gower

"He batted like a magician, bowled hand grenades and beat the Aussies single-handed. "
Geoff Boycott .

"Everytime I see him he gets better. His concentration reminds me of Sunny."
Ian Botham

"To the average Australian it may seem like blasphemy to say so, but I believe Sachin Tendulkar, now 25 and the best batsman in the world, is already as good a player as bradman was. He has a very fine method, unlimited courage, great versatility and also tremendous strength."
John Woodcock, the writer of Times - London, who is believed to have seen more tests than any other.

"Tendulkar's gun. An absolute gun," says Michael Atherton, captain of England till last year and one of that country's top batsmen.
Mike Atherton

" In the year ahead, when those who were present at lord’s recollect the events of Saturday, they will not think of Diana…or W.G. Grace the contest staged as a tribute to both developed from lethargic beginnings into a celebration of the gifts of one man."
Richard Hobson of the Sunday Times, London after the Grace & Diana memorial match.

"This year (1998) Tendulkar has been the batsman nobody wanted to bowl at. He took Shane Warne apart in India, which illustrates his genius."
Ted Dexter (who chaired the panel, the Coopers & Lybrand award as the International Test player of the year)

"We had heard reports after the recent test series between India and Australia that the batting of Sachin Tendulkar had reached a new plane, that he was unquestionably the bast batsman in world cricket. Well the little master used the stage…to confirm that those reports are true,"
Vic Marks of the Observer after the princess Diana match.

 

PAKISTAN

 

"Sachin's wicket means the most to me. I used to abuse him right and left but during the Sahara Cup, Sachin - on the non striker's end said to me 'Itni gali kyon deta hai re?' Since then I dont abuse him,only glare..."
Aaqib Javed

"He has given a new dimension to batting. Such dominance can break the heart of the best of bowlers.I was never tired of watching this wonderful batsman."
Asif  Iqbal.

"He has so much time to play fast and slow bowlers. Not only Warne but I think most of the bowlers must should be ready for a tough time ahead. I see him breaking Allan Border's tally of Test runs and in one-dayers he will go far beyong anyone else."
Hanif Mohammad.

"Well, I think Rahul Dravid is a brilliant, world class batsman, especially in Tests. Saurav Ganguly and Mohammad Azharuddin are top quality, class players, no doubt about that either. But excepting very rarely, they don't dominate, they don't take a game away from the other side. That is why the Indian team remains Sachin-centric. When I was leading Pakistan, there was no batsman in the world who worried me as I led the team into the field -- except Sachin. You see, with everyone else you can think okay, I have runs on the board, I have good bowlers, both pace and spin, I can attack and even if one of these world class batsmen gets settled, I can change gear, contain, go for a holding operation and force the mistakes. With Sachin, there really is nothing you can do. If he is in the mood, then nothing matters. Not the size of the score you have put up, not the bowling line-up you are leading, not the pitch conditions, nothing. If he decides to get into top gear, he simply takes the game away from you and you can only stand there, tossing the ball to one bowler after another, shuffling the field this way and that, and knowing that whatever you are doing is futile anyway. He is one batsman, the only batsman today, against whom gameplans and theorising in the dressing room and all that stuff is pointless"
Rameez Raja

"There is no doubt that Tendulkar is a cut above other batsmen in world cricket."
Rashid Latif.

"I haven’t seen as much of him as of Bradman. Bradman played every ball to its merit. No risk involved. Pulls and hooks were on the ground. You noticed nothing particular yet he scored at a fast rate. He was seldom beaten. Sachin is more classical. Nearer to Hutton. I like the classical mould bats. The Greg Chappels, Sunny, and Barry Richards. Sunny has played so many classic knocks on turning wickets. Sachin has to go some distance. Some years ago you could have said Lara would be the three-four all-time greats. But look where he is now. After Sachin finished with Yorkshire nobody talked of him as a great player. The tragedy is that so much of Sachin is wasted on one-day cricket. Great cricketers are cheapening their skills playing one-dayers. Playing bowlers like Malik, Chris Harris and Larsen. They are not bowlers"
Shaharyar Khan

"He has everything a top batsman needs. Tendulkar is a classic example of the player being so good that his age is irrelevant. He could end up as the most successful batsman of the 90’s. At the start of the decade he was just short of his seventeenth b’day, but I’d already seen enough to be certain he was set to be a star. He had just made his Test debut for India in the most testing of situations, on a tour to Pakistan, and he didn't look fazed at any stage. He batted at number 6 at difficult situations against Imran, Waqar, Abdul Qadir and myself and looked very much at home. At Sialkot, I tired to ruffle him with a barrage of bouncers. He wasn’t put out at all by the assault and I ended up wasting a lot of energy and being warned by umpire John Holder. Tendulkar’s model correctness and calm strokeplay have made him one of the world cricket’s best batsman and probably its wealthiest and good luck to him. It’s remarkable he has remained so balanced and modest with all the adulation heaped on him in his home country, and the fact that he has continued to bat so prolifically, and attractively confirms a steely temperament."
Wasim Akram in his autobiography in a chapter titled "great players of his time".

“Sachin’s the greatest batting arsenal. You just can't keep him quiet. I'm amazed at the range of strokes he can produce with remarkable ease.”
Wasim Akram.

"Tendulkar can rightly claim to be the world's best batsman after his run-making feats against the Australians."
Zaheer Abbas.

 

WEST INDIES

 

"He is currently the best batsman in the world".
Sir Gary Sobers as a commemtator in 1997.

"Tendulkar reminds me of my own batting style. he is certainly the best batsman at the moment. There is something in his batting that reminds me of my own. I will pay any money to watch him play."
Viv Richards.

"He’s special. The sky is the limit for him."
Viv Richards

"What can I say about Tendulkar? He is a class act."
Gordon Greenidge

"Sachin is a genius. I am a normal human being"
Brain Lara.

 

NEW ZEALAND

 

"Sachin is vital..."
Chris Harris

"Sachin looks like the man who will be closest to bradman, he’s probably 3-4 years away from his peak. He has no real weaknesses, he’s superbly balanced, and he is so good he has 2 shots for every ball. Sachin has developed a lot over the last year. He plays like a god. He was born to bat. He was making big scores when he was a schoolboy he loves the game and has a superb cricketing brain. He’ll be a great captain one day."
Martin Crowe

"He’s a little genius. He’s in a class of his own among the current players, and that includes Brian Lara. He’ll break all the test and one-day international records apart from Bradman’s test average of 99.94."
Sir Richard Hadlee

 

SOUTH AFRICA, ZIMBABWE

 

"If Sachin bats the way he can, India should be through..."
Ali Bacher on India's chances in the '99 World Cup

"He can do anything, anytime, anywhere! That’s how high I rate him. But Sachin won’t be able to dominate the teams they are to play now as much as he did Kenya."
Barry Richards

"Other players might keep you in business in England but victory to India shall largely come only through Sachin's bat"
Dave Houghton on India's chances in the '99 World Cup.

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

 

Others

 

"This guy has got something that has been given from upstairs."
Mark Mascarenhas.

"It's one thing for Thackeray to unleash verbal broadsides against the Pakistanis, but anybody who messes with Tendulkar messes with 18 million Bombayites."
TIME on the Pak tour of India in Feb 1999

"Is he a doctor ???"
Cindy Crawford on being shown Sachin's photograph

(..... well Cindy, you're quite close... his wife sure is one!!!)