Sachin is a soft-spoken, big-hearted guy: David

Published: Saturday, April 28, 2001, 18:23 [IST]
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Bangalore: Hyderabad's off spinner Noel David has had the opportunity of playing under Sachin as captain. Though Sachin did not cherish the mantle of captaincy, David has pleasant memories of his short stint in the Indian team under the "Little Master".

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.

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