Impossible to replace 'The Wall', says Tendulkar

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Updated: Saturday, July 14, 2012, 17:15 [IST]
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India will miss Dravid at No 3: Sachin

New Delhi, Jul 14: Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar has said Rahul Dravid's retirement has definitely created a void in the Indian Cricket team as it is impossible to replace 'The Wall'.

Also read: Experts agree with Tendulkar's views on Dravid

"Rahul has been an incredible player for India and for world cricket. Nobody is going to be able to replace Rahul in that position," Tendulkar said.

Tendulkar said Dravid's presence meant a lot to the team as he is an incredible player and his retirement is a huge loss to the team as it is next to impossible to search for an able replacement for 'The Wall of Indian Cricket'.

Talking about Dravid as a No 3 batsman, Tendulkar said, the entire country will miss Rahul Dravid.

"You need someone to be dedicated, be committed and disciplined. The entire country will miss him because we were all used to Rahul padding up batting at number 3. However, these things will continue to happen because that's how the game goes around for years. All great players retire one day."

Reacting to the comments on the two disastrous overseas tours which made India slip to No 4 in Test rankings, Tendulkar said, it was not correct to blame the nation's domestic structure.

"I don't think we can point our fingers at our structure because with that same structure we hit the number one spot. So if there was something wrong with the structure, we would have never reached that spot."

Now, with India playing New Zealand at home later this year, would be challenging for both batsmen and selectors as the class batsman of rock solid nature who guided the innings and laid a foundation for the middle-order at No 3, would be missed.

Though the selectors might find some one to do the job at No 3, they also are aware of the fact that the legendary cricketer's boots are very heavy and hard to fill, as he forever remains as India's best NO 3 batsman and the void created by his retirement is irreplaceable.


Story first published:  Saturday, July 14, 2012, 8:48 [IST]
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