India's 'The Wall' Rahul Dravid, also revealed that the day he saw him bat, he knew that Sachin was born to bat, during the launch of the book penned by Khalid A H Ansari on Thursday.
"What Sachin has done is inspire generations of players in the small towns and villages across the country. That is the impact he has had on India and Indian society through television," said Dravid, who has been the third highest run-scorer in Tests.
Dravid, who has represented India in 164 Tests and 344 ODIs, said that it was a privilege to have played with Sachin Tendulkar, and scored 6900 runs together.
"We might have scored 6900 runs together. People may not remember me, but will certainly remember Sachin," said Dravid, who announced his retirement from international cricket earlier this year.
During the launch of the new book, Rahul Dravid turned nostalgic, as he was reminded of those good olden days as he naratted a couple of instances that inspired him to play cricket, how Tendulkar inspired youngsters.
"I was not included in the playing eleven. In those days who are not in the eleven were given scoring duties and I was scoring for my team in that match. Prior to reaching Cuttack I had made some runs at Bangalore and fancied myself as a batsman," said Dravid.
"After seeing Sachin score 67 there I put aside my pen and said...Buddy you have a long way to go," Dravid added.
"I have with great pleasure seen Sachin from close quarters construct an innings. He has great talent and a great mind. Here is a man who is not only born to bat but born to play cricket," gushed Dravid about the Mumbai batsman.
The book written by Khalid A H Ansari and edited by sports scribe Clayton Murzello, includes invaluable anecdotes, tributes from cricketing legends and many interesting instances from Sachin Tendulkar's cricketing career. It also includes articles on Tendulkar by Ganguly, former Australian skipper Ian Chappell, and the late journalist Peter Roebuck while also includes the introduction by the master blaster himself which makes it very special.