New Delhi: 20 years ago when Tendulkar made his debut in international cricket, he was just a small boy to his teammates.
Tendulkar is just 36 now, but he is already being addressed as 'grandfather' by his team mates.
It was none other than Yuvraj Singh, who first addressed him as the grandfather.
Yuvraj Singh lauded Tendulkar's longevity and his insatiable hunger for perfection, saying it would be difficult for any other player to survive the wears and tears that Tendulkar has endured.
'We call him grandfather. He is someone who has played the game for so long and is a legend and still wants to improve. It is just amazing. He still wants to bowl in the nets, he still wants to improve,'' Yuvraj said of Tendulkar.
In a few days from now, Tendulkar will complete 20 years of international cricket and has some of the most envious records to his name
Since his debut, Tendulkar has gone on to possess virtually every batting record, amassing 12777 runs in the 159 Tests he has played, besides piling 16953 runs in the 433 ODIs.
Another 47 runs would take Tendulkar to the coveted 17,000-run mark and asked if the team has any special plan to celebrate the occasion, Yuvraj said, "Plan? We are in fact tired of planning celebrations for him. Every week, the guy goes on to make some record or other."