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“I’ve been lucky enough to play with and against some great batsmen but there have been none better than Sachin in my time”
Australia captain Michael Clarke has announced that India veteran batsman Sachin Tendulkar “would have to be the second best batsman of all time after the incomparable Bradman”.
Clarke’s comments come while Tendulkar is playing in his 200th and final Test match against the West Indies in his hometown of Mumbai.
“So much has been said and written about Sachin’s achievements over years,” Clarke wrote in his column for The Daily Telegraph. “His record number of Test and one-day runs, his century of international centuries. They are achievements that may never be bettered.
“However I believe his greatest achievement is playing international cricket for almost a quarter of a century. That is phenomenal. To be lining up for his 200th Test is mind boggling.
“It highlights an undying affection for the game that goes way beyond just playing.”
Clarke also recalled how he was still in “primary school” when Tendulkar made his debut and also reminisced about the first time he played against the ‘Little Master’.
“I was still at primary school when he began his Test career and later scored two centuries on his first tour of Australia as an 18-year-old,” Clarke said. “I played my first Test series against him almost a decade ago and through my whole career have never really thought about him as an ageing player. I can’t believe he is 40.
“Sachin has done it all carrying an unimaginable weight of expectation.”
Clarke reiterated that Tendulkar is the “second best batsman of all time” as no one can be compared to the legendary Sir Donald Bradman.
“I’ve been lucky enough to play with and against some great batsmen but there have been none better than Sachin in my time,” he said. “Given everything he has done, Sachin would have to be the second best batsman of all time after the incomparable Bradman.
“You would never know it speaking to him.”