Chennai, Mar 25: Paying glowing tributes to batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar, Selection Committee Chairman Krishnamachari Srikkanth on Saturday described his achievement of scoring 100 international tons as something superhuman and cited him as a classic example of "thriving in an imbalanced world."
Srikkanth, an ardent admirer of Tendulkar, was addressing a seminar on 'Thriving in an Imbalanced World' organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) here.
Lauding Tendulkar on his historic feat, he said, "A classic example for thriving in imbalanced world is Sachin Tendulkar. In 1989, when I was the captain, he was just 16 years old..... making a debut in Pakistan against Pakistan. And there was Imran Khan, Wasim Akram.... You call that a balanced world?"
"In his first match, he gets hit on his mouth, bleeds through his mouth. He does not go back. Then, he continues to play. Then, he continues, continues, continues and (is still) continuing!" he said.
Describing the challenges Tendulkar had to go through, Srikkanth said he had scored against Australia, South Africa, England and West Indies under various conditions, "all imbalanced conditions" ranging from turning wickets in India and seaming and bouncy tracks in England and Australia besides the West Indian fast bowlers.
Tendulkar's record is something superhuman, he said.
On India's recent disastrous tour of Australia, he defended his decision to play Virat Kohli in the Test matches. He said after Sydney, people were saying Kohli was not fit for Test cricket.
"But what happened later? The next match he got 75, next Test he got a 100," Srikkanth said, adding that he became the highest run-getter in the series. He also became the highest run-getter in the one-dayers, he pointed out.
Observing that the game had such a large following in the country, Srikkanth said each one (in the hall) was thinking they are like Tendulkar, captain, and chairman of selectors. "That is the problem. That is why the game will never die in India."