Former Pakistan cricket greats paid tribute to retired batting master Inzamam-ul-Haq, saying the former skipper would be difficult to replace.
"Inzamam's performance is part of history," Javed Miandad said.
"He was a world-class player whose replacement will be hard to find in the near future," he said.
Inzamam fell agonisingly short of topping Miandad's Pakistan Test runs record in his final international appearance on Friday, against South Africa.
The 37-year-old Inzamam was dismissed for three in his last Test innings, finishing his career on 8,830 career runs, three short of a new record.
Despite his dismissal, Pakistan fought hard to salvage a draw against South Africa who won the two-Test series 1-0.
Miandad said failing to break his record had not diminished the batsman's outstanding 17-year career that included 25 hundreds in 120 Tests.
"What matters is Inzamam's show of respect for me and his extraordinary demeanour in this era when jealousy and disrespect prevail," said Miandad, who played alongside Inzamam between 1991 and 1996.
"A player like Inzamam is only born in centuries and his performances were proof of that," said Miandad who also coached Inzamam.
The batsman from Multan stepped down as captain and quit one-day cricket after Pakistan's humiliating first-round exit in the World Cup this year.
Coach Bob Woolmer was found dead in his hotel room the next day, sparking a police investigation and media frenzy that left the team and Inzamam in particular shellshocked.
Inzamam was captain last year during one of cricket's most extraordinary episodes when Pakistan forfeited the fourth Test against England for refusing to play after being penalised for ball-tampering.
But former teammates said his batting skills, rather than controversy, will be Inzamam's legacy. Wasim Akram said he rates Inzamam alongside Indian great Sachin Tendulkar and West Indian legend Brian Lara.
"Inzamam was right up there. He may not be as consistent as Tendulkar or Lara but he matched them in class. The lazy elegance, the craft and the guile were all treats to watch," said fellow batsman Akram.
Akram pointed to the 1992 World Cup semifinal when Inzamam was vomiting through illness and thought himself incapable of playing.
"Our captain Imran Khan convinced him to play and the rest is history," said Akram of the match in which Inzamam smashed a 37-ball 60.
He then scored a 35-ball 42 to help Pakistan beat England in the final.
"Inzamam made his mark and became one of Pakistan's top batsman for nearly a decade. I was a great fan of his batting," Akram said.
Inzamam will be missed not only by Pakistan but fans worldwide, he said.
"He was famous around the world so I am sure he will be missed by the fans all over the world," said Akram who retired in 2003.
Another Pakistan great, Zaheer Abbas, described Inzamam as a class act.
"He looked so easy at the crease that bowlers used to get fooled. It will be hard for Pakistan to find a replacement for Inzamam," said batsman Abbas.
Intikhab Alam, Pakistan's manager and coach in the 1992 World Cup, said he never doubted that Inzamam would reach the top level.
"When he was selected for Pakistan in the 1992 World Cup a lot of people had doubts about him. He looked a bit lazy but he surprised everyone with his fielding and batting," said Alam.