Sachin admires Veeru~~s cut

Published: Wednesday, November 1, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:There is perhaps not a single shot in the manual that Sachin Tendulkar doesn't have in his repertoire.

But when it comes to others, the little champion admires Virender Sehwag, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman for their trademark shots.

Talking to NDTV, Tendulkar revealed his admiration for Sehwag's cut, Ganguly's cover drive, Dravid's solid defensive shot and Laxman's flick.

''I think Sehwag probably has the best cut of all, while you have Ganguly's cover drive. Then there is Rahul's defensive shot, it's so good...and Laxman's off-the-hip flicks,'' Tendulkar said.

Tendulkar also felt that since making his debut in 1989-90, his role has changed with time and especially with the infusion of young players like Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

''I had a different role when I used to bat with (Mohd) Azharuddin, (Ravi) Shastri or (Navjot Singh) Sidhu. They were the senior players. Now I'm the senior most player in the side and my role has changed,'' he explained.

Asked how he feels when Dhoni outshines him, scoring most in the partnership, Tendulkar said it didn't really bother him.

''In partnerships, each player has different role to play. It doesn't matter who scores more, whether it's Sehwag, Dhoni or Dravid. What matters most is how much is the partnership worth and eventually how much you contribute to the team," he elaborated.

A nostalgic Tendulkar also rued childhood friend Vinod Kambli's meteoric rise and fall in Indian cricket.

''He is extremely funny and has got a big heart...For strangers, it seemed here is a guy who is just not serious enough. But the moment he stepped out there and crossed the boundary rope, he forgot everything (except cricket). He was such an immensely talented player."

''It's sad...some personal problems and then injuries at crucial time didn't help him either,'' Tendulkar lamented.

Asked what drives him, whether it's playing for the nation or the competitiveness, Tendulkar said both.

"It's playing for India and the competitiveness. I enjoy the game and need to burn all the calories out there."

''I'm very competitive as well and the only person I don't mind losing to is my son and my daughter. But I sometimes beat my daughter to give her an idea what defeat is,'' he added.


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