Cricket fraternities paying tribute to Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar for completing 20 years in international cricket:

It can be said that he is the Bradman of our times and I do feel privileged to have played a lot of cricket against him. - Former Australian captain Steve Waugh.

I think, apart from Sir Garfield Sobers nobody else has played 20 years in international cricket and 20 years playing at the very highest level and to the very highest standard is an achievement beyond compare. - Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar.

He continues to give more than 100 per cent and his schoolboy-like enthusiasm for the game is something I envy and admire. For the team he is the best available coaching manual. - Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

There will never be another Sachin Tendulkar. - Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan.

The way he has taken on the role of India's greatest sporting ambassador... He has, among other things, inspired a generation and more to play cricket. - India's 1983 World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev.

His humbleness and simplicity has helped him to achieve what others could not. His dedication is one of the main reasons for his achievements and he is role model to up and coming youngsters. In India every youngster who is in to school or college cricket wants to become a Sachin. - Former captain and Chairman of India's selection panel Kris Srikkanth.

What I admire about Sachin is his humility, respect for elders and the passion for the game that he has retained even after so many years and after achieving so much in cricket. He has not changed at all. - Former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar.

He is a great human being, a great player and I have been very lucky to have a friend like Sachin Tendulkar. I want to wish him all the luck. I want to congratulate him for finishing his 20 years in international cricket. He has dominated world cricket for 20 years and I hope that he will continue to dominate it. - Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh.

I have delayed my shoots many times to watch Sachin bat - Filmstar Amitabh Bachchan.

When he is in full flow, the mild-mannered boyish cricketer can look extremely intimidating. If there is a resonance, I find of myself in his batting, it is in that intent that he communicates. - Former West Indies captain and batting great Vivian Richards.

Over the years Sachin has remained remarkably consistent and has more records than anybody I can remember. His talent and versatility are unquestioned which is why the only question that rankles is why he did not win enough games for his team? - Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan.

His biggest strength as a batsman is his adaptability. And that is something really. really amazing, something so special. - Former India captain Sourav Ganguly.

In his life cricket comes first. When he is on tour he is thinking about nothing but cricket, and when he is not on tour he dedicates quality time to his family. That shows his dedication to the game and to his family. He has found the right balance. - Tendulkar's India teammate and opening partner Virender Sehwag.

He loves cricket and with his hardwork, focus and commitment he has truly become a outstanding ambassador for the sport at a time when commercialism is so rampant. - Former Pakistan captain and coach Javed Miandad.

I think Tendulkar has outdone all the other greats with his hunger for the game which is amazing. - Former Pakistan leg-spinner Abdul Qadir.

What has impressed me the most about Tendulkar all these years is his humble and simple nature. I never saw him ever let the fame and adulation he enjoys get to his head. - Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul Haq.

I don't watch cricket much but I admire Sachin Tendulkar. I like the way he has conducted himself over the years. He has been such a huge star for so long but has not had a single controversy against his name. - Olympic bronze medallist boxer Vijender Singh.

The best thing about Sachin Tendulkar is that he's completely rooted, down to earth, and a thorough gentleman. He's probably the best thing to have happened to Indian cricket and maybe Indian sport as a whole. - Indian tennis star Sania Mirza.

I see him continuing until more landmarks like 50 hundreds. 100 centuries is not difficult for him because the passion for the game is still very much there even after 20 years," - former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif.

5 comments

  1. Anonymous // November 17, 2009 at 5:26 PM  

    20 wonderful years of cricket from Legend has been superb,awesome,marvelous,extraordinary,astonishinh and beyond all this he is my hero of all time ...i feel lucky to be born in a SACHIN era of cricket and other coincidence i share with my hero is he debuted on NOV 15th,which is birthday...sure lucky enough...

  2. Krishna // November 19, 2009 at 10:29 AM  

    Sachin, I truely admire you more than anyone else in this world..
    You are a boon to the world..
    Someday I will meet you and all I wish for is a smile, a handshake & a picture with you..

    God bless you may you continue to rock the cricket world !!

    ~Krishna

  3. S // April 16, 2010 at 4:31 AM  

    `Whatever you do, do it well, so that you can take pride in your work and others admire you`. This is what I have been told by my guru, when I was young. This way, we improve the quality of life for one and all.

    Sachin, after 21 years of playing cricket, continues to do it well, thoroughly enjoying himself and being admired by people of all ages, all over the world.

    I am now a grandfather, but hasn`t stopped admiring Sachin`s game and humility.

    I wish Sachin all happiness and good health.

    I am not able to imagine Indian cricket without him.

    Gopalakrishnan, Bangalore

  4. krish // December 30, 2010 at 3:33 AM  

    sachin u r greatestttttttttttttttttttttt

  5. pallab // December 5, 2013 at 12:16 AM  

    Sachin, I remember the day
    I lost my mom and the day
    I first saw you play, brother,
    God slapped me on one cheek but
    Kissed me on the other.

    Pallab
    Sonarpur
    Kolkata - 700 150