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Duminy hails 'exemplary' Tendulkar

Published: Saturday, May 23, 2009, 10:48 [IST]
 
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Duminy hails exemplary conduct of Sachin

Cape Town: Indian batting sensation Tendulkar spends his free time with just ' five or six friends,' reveals his Mumbai Indians team mate JP Duminy.

Writing his IPL experience in the Cape Town Times newspaper, Duminy said the most valuable lesson he learnt from Tendulkar, his franchise captain, was how the man he described as the "Little Master" conducted himself off the field.

Duminy, who was the best player for Mumbai in the second season, said the highlight of his first Indian Premier League stint was playing alongside legends like Tendulkar and Sri Lankan Sanath Jayasuriya.

Duminy said that he admired Tendulkar? "exemplary" off-field record.

"I will cherish a conversation I had with him where he revealed that he only has about five or six friends, along with his close-knit family, who he spends his precious free time with.

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"The fact that he can trust them 100 percent is very important to him and that is something I have really taken to heart."

Duminy said the IPL had been an exhilarating experience, but Mumbai lost too many games in failing to qualify for the semi-finals.

"We really tried our best, but in the end we needed to be on the right side of a few close matches. The entire team are very disappointed as we have built a big fan base in South Africa, let alone the millions in India.

"To let so many people down is a bad feeling."

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