"Sachin was always under pressure to comeback and also a team without him is never the same," Rhodes said when asked whether Tendulkar rushed his comeback.
"And Sachin certainly is not a player who would want to sit back in the dressing room. He is not the one who would shirk responsibilities," he said.
"He has played in so many Tests and One-dayers and injuries were bound to come as he is a little guy using a heavy bat. Golfers and tennis players suffer from the same elbow injury," said Rhodes, who was in New Delhi as a brand ambassador for safari operator Conservation Corporation Africa.
Rhodes, one of the best fielders ever, also raved about the consistency levels of Tendulkar.
"He started at the age of 16 and I'm amazed how he has managed to maintain such high levels." Rhodes said it would just take one big knock for Tendulkar to touch the dizzy heights once again.
"It is difficult as a batsman to come back from a break but class is permanent and only form varies. So even if he struggles with his timing and footwork initially it would take just one big knock for him to regain his touch," he said.