Who ~~Els~~: Tendulkar~~s ~~major~~ fan...

Published: Friday, February 8, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Undated pic of South African golfer Ernie Els teeing off at a Cairb beachNew Delhi: Former world number one golfer Ernie Els, who is here to play Indian Masters, confessed he is a huge fan of batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar.

"He is an un believable player, one of greatest players ever. I love watching him. Els, who has three majors in his kitty, said.

"Your (One-day) captain Mr Dhoni is also a good striker of the ball. I also like Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid," he added.

"You have a good (Test) captain in Anil Kumble as well," the South African, also referred as 'The Big Easy' for his imposing physical stature (1.90m) along with his fluid, seemingly effortless swing, said.

Cricket was among the games the Els excelled in during his childhood before golf lured him away. But despite his busy globe-trotting schedule, the world number four seems quite abreast with the recent developments in the world of cricket and believes India is undoubtedly the second best team, after Australia.

Asked about his memory of playing cricket in his childhood, Els said, "I was an all-rounder and bowled medium pace."

Cricket's loss, however, turned out to be golf's gain with Els rising to the world number one ranking, although just for a while.


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