We respect Sachin, Dravid and Laxman, says Clarke

Published: Monday, January 23, 2012, 11:28 [IST]
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Clarke admires India's batting trio

Adelaide, Jan 23: It is perhaps the last time that India's batting trinity of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman will play a Test in Australia and host captain Michael Clarke paid tribute to the veterans, saying they should get the respect they deserve.

Clarke could only admire the quality and longevity of India's history men ahead of the fourth and final Test of a series which his team has already won 3-0.

The Indian veterans are drawing criticism back home for their below par show so far but Clarke said Down Under, there is only respect for the three.

"They're three good players and very well-respected all around the world but especially in this country. We have the utmost respect for them," said Clarke.

"They're still playing good cricket. They've copped a bit of criticism of late. For the team's sake, I hope Sachin doesn't make that 100th hundred and we can restrict Laxman and Dravid to not making too many runs so we can win the game.

"But it's going to be a very special moment when he does (score 100th century), wherever that is in the world. I'd like to continue to see those older guys who have been such great players get the respect they deserve. I'm certain India will be very keen to finish the series on a high," he added.


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