Sachin Tendulkar is ‘in a league of his own’, says Shahid Afridi

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“Tendulkar has always been in a league of his own”

Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has paid tribute to Sachin Tendulkar after the ‘Little Master’ announced that he would be retiring after his 200th Test, which is set to come against the West Indies in Mumbai next month.

Afridi noted that Tendulkar could not be compared to anyone since he is “in a league of his own”.

“Tendulkar has always been in a league of his own,” Afridi told PTI. “I can’t compare anyone with him.

“I have played a lot against him and apart from being a very affable and down to earth and nice person, Tendulkar is a true professional.

“The fact that he has remained the biggest crowd puller and name in world cricket for the last so many years speaks volumes of his dedication to cricket.”

Legendary Pakistan batsman Javed Miandad, who witnessed the ‘Little Master’ make his international debut at the age of 16, stated that all youngsters should follow in Tendulkar’s footsteps if they wanted to play international cricket.

“The first time I saw him play he bravely faced a top bowling attack of Imran, Waqar, Qadir and as the series progressed he grew in confidence,” Miandad recalled. “He has always remained technically a very high class batsman.

“But what has made him such a high profile sportsman is [how] he has always remained very down to earth with no airs about him.”

Former Pakistan coach Mohsin Khan admitted that the sport would not be the same without Tendulkar.

“I have always loved seeing him bat because he embodies all the good things about being an orthodox batsman,” Khan said. “His timing and balance have always been a treat to watch.

“Plus he has been a gentleman cricketer and set an example for others when international cricket has been hit by so many corruption scandals.”

Ex-Pakistan captain Rashid Latif believes Tendulkar made the right choice by deciding to retire after his 200th Test.

“He is, in my book, one off the best batsmen produced by India, which has a rich history of producing quality batsmen,” Latif said. “I think he has taken the right decision to retire with grace as Indian cricket is now blessed with some top class batting talent.”

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