New Delhi: Current and former greats from the cricketing world saluted the achievements of Sachin Tendulkar after he announced that he will retire after playing his 200th Test against West Indies in November.
"It is a sad day for Indian world cricket. But it is the right decision. It is loss for Test cricket in general. The commitment he has shown all these years is incredible. The amazing fact that he has been the same humble boy after achieving so much. I wish him well," World Cup winning Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga said.
Renowned umpire Dickie Bird said Tendulkar was the closest to how Don Bradman played.
"He was the nearest to play like Bradman. I cannot pay a higher compliment than that. I remember he played for Yorkshire at a very young age. He is one of all the time greats and someone who gave a lot of excitement to fans all around the world," said the Yorkshireman.
Asked what stood out about the master blaster, Bird said: "He picked line and length very quickly, let the ball come to him and played late. I could see he would make all sorts of records."
Krishnamachari Srikkanth, who was Tendulkar's first captain in 1989 when India toured Pakistan, was shocked at the news.
"It is shocking that he will stop playing. Imagine a man who has played close to 200 Tests and scored 100 international hundreds. It is just incredible," said Srikkanth adding that Tendulkar's decision had nothing to do with his form.
Former Indian batsman Dilip Vengsarjar said, "He dominated bowlers in all part of the world. His record will be very difficult to beat."
Former England batsman David Gower said, "He has done some extraordinary things on field for two decades. He was able to do things with the cricket bat that no one has done before. He and Lara have been two outstanding batsman of this era and Sachin record speaks for itself."
Famous cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle said, "When Sachin batted well India slept well. Tendulkar could have lived like he owned the game but he has always lived in the fashion that he was a servant of the game."
He was a member of the national selection panel that picked 16-year-old prodigy called Sachin Tendulkar for the tour of Pakistan in 1989 and to this day, 73-year-old Akash Lal remembers every minute detail of that meeting that changed the course of Indian cricket history.
"It may be nearly 25 years since that selection meeting in Mumbai but I still remember it wasn't an unanimous decision. Ultimately, it went in favour of Sachin by 3-2 verdict and he was selected in the Indian team," Lal, who played 94 first-class matches for Delhi and Punjab in between 1957-1976 said.
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