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“What Sachin has been contributing to that Indian team is special”
Legendary Australia wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist has announced that veteran India batsman Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement “has fallen perfectly with his 200th Test in Mumbai”.
Gilchrist also noted that Tendulkar’s presence in the dressing room brought something “special” to the Indian team, just like former captain Ricky Ponting did for Australia “in his last few years”.
“What Sachin has been contributing to that Indian team is special,” Gilchrist said. “It is not just about the runs. Ricky Ponting contributed well in his last few years for Australia by just being there in the dressing room, the learning and education he passed on to the youngsters. Sachin has been of the similar mindset, his commitment and professionalism would have had a great effect on the team. I am sure the likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan will vouch for that.”
Gilchrist added that the “timing” of Tendulkar’s retirement was nothing but pure “class”.
“I think it (the retirement) has fallen perfectly with his 200th Test in Mumbai,” he said. “I would say his timing as usual is class.”
When asked about what his best on-field memory with Tendulkar was, Gilchrist, with a big grin on his face, said: “My best on-field memory of Tendulkar is when he got out cheaply against us in the 2003 World Cup final.”
Gilchrist also reminisced about Tendulkar’s fabulous knock of 116 during the Boxing Day Test in 1999.
“I remember the Boxing Day Test,” he recalled. “It was dark, drizzly and cold. The ball was moving around. It was Brett Lee’s debut game and he was all charged up, bowling at 150 kmph with success. We had India in trouble as it was often the case in the series, but Sachin played a masterful knock and kept the fight going.
“It may not technically be his best knock but after seeing that I realised quickly he was true class.”