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Sachin best batsman of his era: Lara

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Published: Thursday, January 20, 2011, 9:04 [IST]
 
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Sachin best batsman of his era: Lara

He may be often compared to Sachin Tendulkar and sometimes even rated higher than him as a world-class batsman, but West Indies great Brian Lara is full of praise and adulation for the Little Master, saying that there are no comparisons to him in the modern era.

"Tendulkar is the best batsman of the world," Lara said on the sidelines of a cricket clinic at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium on Tuesday.
Asked if it was Tendulkar or Don Bradman, Lara added, "Respect his average (of 99.96) but haven't seen the Don batting. And making comparison is very difficult for all of us."

Lara went on to say that being compared with Tendulkar was a privilege and he was glad to have observed him at close quarters during his playing days.

"It's an honour to be talked about in the same breath, and to have rubbed shoulders with him during my playing days. There is no superlative for Sachin," Lara said.

For over a decade, the world watched in awe as Tendulkar and Lara rewrote records after records.
Asked if an Indian victory in the upcoming World Cup would make Tendulkar bigger than him, Lara said, "It doesn't really matter. The records he has set, I don't think they are going to be surpassed."

Lara also believed that Tendulkar could one day surpass the West Indian's world record Test score of 400 not out. "It will soon be broken. I think Sachin is there, and there is Sehwag, Gayle; they may have the opportunities and they are all very attacking players. The top three in the batting order have the best chance," Lara said.

With cricket becoming more and more competitive, Lara said that the era of invincibility doesn't exist anymore."You can't really tell who is number one now," he said.

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