“I’ve seen many terrific batsmen but nobody came close to Sachin Tendulkar”: Sunil Gavaskar

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Sachin Tendulkar is hailed as one of the greatest batsmen to have ever played the game of cricket. The Indian legendary player has the most number of records to his name. Be it numbers of centuries, match-winning performances, Sachin Tendulkar gave many a reason to adore =him. Furthermore, Sachin Tendulkar was one of the most sound-cricketers in terms of technique, boasting of having the most elegant cover-drives, straight drives etc.

Recently, Sunil Gavaskar too praised the little master and called him the closest thing to batting perfection.

As far as I am concerned, the closest thing to batting perfection… Sachin Tendulkar. I’ve never seen a batsman (like him) and I’ve seen many from the time I was growing up, from the time I played and now from the time I’ve been watching cricket, I’ve seen many terrific batsmen but nobody had came close to batting perfection like Sachin Tendulkar has,” Gavaskar told India Today.

The backlift, the head, the balance, everything, the way he would lean forward, the balance when he’d play off the front foot, the balance when he would play off the backfoot, on the off side, on the leg side… And later on when the T20 came in, playing the scoop shot, he pulled it off fantastically. He had everything,” Gavaskar added.

Sachin Tendulkar made his first steps in international cricket at the age of 16 in 1989 against Pakistan. He went onto play 200 Tests and 463 ODIs for his country. Till date, the Indian batsman holds the record for scoring the most number of runs in international cricket. He boasts of having 100 centuries in international cricket-the most by any player.

In his stellar international career, Sachin Tendulkar has scored 15,921 runs in one-day internationals and 18326 runs in Tests. He bid adieu to his international cricket career in 2013 at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.