Tendulkar a great role model for cricket, says Flintoff

Published: Saturday, December 20, 2008, 14:39 [IST]
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Sachin role model of cricket: Flintoff

London: England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has compared master blaster Sachin Tendulkar"s match winning century at Chennai to a scriptwriter"s dream.

Tendulkar played one of his finest innings to take his side to a remarkable six-wicket victory, The Independent reported

In an exclusive interview, Flintoff told Angus Fraser: “It is impossible not to admire him (Tendulkar) when you are out in the middle. He is a class player and a great role model for the game."

“His innings was a scriptwriter"s dream. The lad from Mumbai, with everything that has happened there, scores a hundred to win and then dedicates it to everyone in the country. Thinking about it, it was probably inevitable it happened," Flintoff said.

The English all rounder said that playing against Tendulkar brings the best out of you in a lot of ways. “The worrying thing for us is that he was getting better towards the end of that innings. You could see in the way he was playing he was back to his best."

“I enjoy bowling at him, as I did at the likes of Brian Lara. I think they bring the best out of you. Your margins for error are small; you have to bowl well to restrict them, never mind get them out," Flintoff added.

Tendulkar is a hero of Flintoff and it is the prospect of playing in the same team as the Little Master that makes the Lancastrian want to play for the Mumbai Indians, should an IPL contract come his way, the paper said.

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