VVS Laxman, a former India batsman lavished praise on Sachin Tendulkar and said only a player like master blaster could have played under different skippers after quitting captaincy in 2000. Sachin Tendulkar was named the Greatest Of All Time (GOAT) batsman in Tests of the 21st century leaving behind the likes of Jacques Kallis, Steve Smith, and Ricky Ponting by an exquisite 50-member jury put together by Star Sports.
Sachin Tendulkar retired from international cricket in 2013 after scoring 15,921 Test runs and 18,426 ODI runs and is still the leading run-scorer in international cricket in Tests and ODIs. His illustrious career spanned more than two decades where he played 200 Tests and 463 ODI, scoring 51 and 49 centuries, respectively.
VVS Laxman: Sachin Tendulkar Inspired The Younger Generation Of Indian And World Cricketers
As many as 118 Tests have been played together by the trio of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, and VVS Laxman – the most by a combination of three players. The record for the most Tests played by a combination of four players together is also held by veteran Indian players. Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, and Sourav Ganguly played 86 matches together. VVS Laxman played 134 Tests and 86 ODIs where he amassed over 10,000 runs overall.
“I’ve played alongside him for so long. Sachin played under different captains. I think in 2000 he decided that he is not going to captain anymore. And such a senior player, such a legend of the game. But to adjust and contribute to the progress of Indian cricket under different captains, and to help them flourish as captains, is something only a role model and inspiration like Sachin can do — which he did really good,” said VVS Laxman on Star Sports’ show Cricket Live.
“The legacy that he left-back is not only scoring hundreds, double hundreds, 100 hundred, but also the way he inspired the younger generation of Indian cricketers and the world cricketers. I still remember Kane Williamson in his debut Test match in Ahmedabad; chatting with Sachin, understanding the game.
“As recently as the IPL, which just finished, we had a long chat with Sachin; talking about his tennis elbow injury. So, not only the Indian cricketers got inspiration from Sachin, but all the cricketers from all over the world got inspiration from him and that’s why he is the greatest,” VVS Laxman added.
Sachin Tendulkar played the IPL till 2013 where his last year saw him lift the first IPL trophy for Mumbai Indians. Throughout his career, Sachin Tendulkar had prominent figures in the IPL. He played a total of 78 matches, scoring 2334 runs. He had an average of 33.83 and a strike rate of 119.82. IPL 2011 was also the time when Sachin Tendulkar scored his only century in T20 cricket. In 2013, Sachin Tendulkar was paid INR 8.28 crore to play in the IPL.
Sachin Tendulkar A Great Ambassador For Cricket From India: Nasser Hussain
Former England skipper Nasser Hussain termed Tendulkar a “great ambassador for cricket from India”.
“There are some great candidates and any of these (GOAT nominees) would be worthy winners. I mean, it’s not just the stats between those hundreds you get. I think it’s sometimes too driven by stats,” he said.
“This occasion has shown it — here today in the final — it’s about how you handle pressure; how you cope with pressure. Also, an ambassador for the game, Sachin, was a great ambassador for cricket from India. When he speaks, people listen,” he added.
Sachin Tendulkar, who called time on his illustrious Test career in 2013, notched up 15,921 runs at a phenomenal average of 53.78.