'Tendulkar is sub-continent's jewel'

Published: Tuesday, December 22, 2009, 8:26 [IST]
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'Tendulkar is sub-continent's jewel'

Lahore: Lavishing praise on Tendulkar, legendary Pakistan cricketer Hanif Mohammad has termed the Indian batting maestro as the 'cricketing jewel of the subcontinent'.

Mohammad, the former Pakistan captain, expects more and more records from Tendulkar in the coming future.

He rated India's Lala Amarnath and Tendulkar, West Indian Sir Garry Sobers and Brian Lara as some of the best players of the last century, adding that he is still amazed to see the hunger of scoring runs left in the master blaster.

''Sachin's hunger and passion as a batsman and for the game is amazing. I still make it a point to sit down and watch him bat. He is a cricketing jewel of the subcontinent,'' said the former wicket-keeper batsman, who turned 75 today.

Mohammad also picked India as his favourite opponent, and shared that some of his best innings has come playing against this sub-continent.

''Playing against India was always the best moments of my career and some of my best innings came against them,'' he quipped.

The Indian-born former batsman, who earned the title of ''Little Master'' after playing the longest innings in Test history - his 970-minute 337 against West Indies in Bridgetown in 1957-58, also said he was honoured to be a part of the Pakistan's cricketing history.

''It has been a wonderful career and great life. I am thankful to almighty Allah for celebrating my 75th birthday,'' he said.

On Pakistan's chances in the upcoming Test series against Australia, Mohammad said, ''We have a very strong bowling line up which is capable of bowling out Australia twice in a match.

''But our batsmen need to support the bowlers and they need to apply themselves and stay at the wicket. Test cricket is all about concentration and focus,'' added the former right-hander, who scored 3915 runs from his 55-Test career.


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