Thatscricket.com spoke to David in Hyderabad recently on the occasion of Sachin's 28th Birthday. "He is a soft-spoken and a big-hearted guy," David said.
What do think of Sachin as a cricketer?
There is something special in him. I admire him for his capabilities on the ground, whether it's batting or bowling. He has all the tricks under his sleeves.
He has a passion towards the game. Whatever he does he gives his 100 per cent to the game. Really a great cricketer. I am really lucky and happy to have played under his captaincy.
What do you think of Sachin as a person?
Sachin is a soft-spoken person and very pleasing to talk to. He is big-hearted person too. A very interesting person to know.
Which innings of Sachin, according to you, is the best of Sachin:
I remember a Test match in Hyderabad. Sachin got hit on his nose while facing Waqar Younis. He had to go off the field. He came back with a fractured nose and hit Waqar for six and a four in an over and played a very good innings of 60 odd runs. Such was his determination. He played for the country.
What is your special wish for his Birthday?
All the best and a Happy Birthday. My prayers are with him and his family.