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“He’s always guided me on and off the field about the things in my life, specially the World Cup journey, so it’s been very special”
India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has admitted that it will be “tough for me to see” Sachin Tendulkar retire after playing his 200th Test match in his hometown of Mumbai.
Singh made his ODI debut in 2000, when Tendulkar’s career was already over 10-years-old, and thanked the ‘Little Master’ for all the guidance and tips he provided over the past 13 years.
“I don’t know if I am going to have the opportunity to play with him, but if I am not playing, I will definitely come and watch,” an emotional Singh said. “He never showed that he is the great Sachin Tendulkar. He was always trying to be chirpy with the youngsters, although we were a bit reluctant to go up to him. Personally, he’s always guided me on and off the field about the things in my life, specially the World Cup journey, so it’s been very special. It’s tough for me to see him go.
“It’s been amazing to play with him for so many years. He is one of the greatest players to have played the game and I don’t know what to say, there are so many things to say about Sachin. Probably the best Indian cricketer to have ever played, I would say. He was an ambassador of cricket around the world. It’s going to be an emotional time for the whole of India.”
Singh added that he had always admired Tendulkar’s technique and calm demeanour whenever he strode to the crease.
“Lots of things – the way he hits the ball, the way he is always still,” Singh said. “He is technically, I think, the best batsman I have seen in my career. And how he has been smart all these years to know what bowlers are going to bowl at him. He’s always been one or two steps ahead, that’s why he’s been so consistent all these years.”