‘I grew up idolising’ Tendulkar, reveals Ian Bell

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“I am not sure there will ever be another Sachin Tendulkar”

England batsman Ian Bell has revealed that he “grew up idolising” legendary India batsman Sachin Tendulkar.

Bell added that it was an honour and privilege to have played against the ‘Little Master’.

“The mental side of his game was very important,” Bell was quoted as saying by The Daily Telegraph. “Obviously, when I played against him he had been playing the game at the highest level for 15 years. I grew up idolising him and he was a real hero of mine.

“I feel very lucky and privileged to have shared the same field as him and played against him.”

Bell also noted that Tendulkar was the only batsman who had the power to completely change the atmosphere of any ground in the world.

“To play against Sachin was incredible,” Bell added. “I am not sure there will ever be another Sachin Tendulkar. You knew that wherever you played against him, in England or India, when he came out to bat the whole atmosphere of the ground changed. There’s not many players around the world who can do that.”

The 31-year-old finished off by saying that the ‘Little Master’ will be missed by both friends and foes.

“You just know watching him, just watching him go about his business, he was a genius in the game, someone who will be really missed,” Bell said. “Obviously, he will never be forgotten but he will be missed. A great player and a pleasure to play against.”

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