Sachin Tendulkar was the best, says Ricky Ponting

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Updated: Thursday, December 13, 2012, 12:50 [IST]
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Perth, Dec 3: Australia's Ricky Ponting, who retired from international cricket on Monday, has said India's Sachin Tendulkar was "the best player" he played against during his career.

Speaking at his final press conference as an Australian player on Monday after the end of Perth Test, Ponting reflected on his glorious journey in international cricket and felt the Indian batsman was the "best". However, Ponting placed Brian Lara above the Master Blaster as he won more games single-handedly for the West Indies, than Tendulkar.

Tendulkar was the best, says Ponting

"I feel Sachin (Tendulkar) was the best player I played against and that's coming from more of a captain's point of view as well, knowing he had so much success against us in our conditions and their conditions," Ponting said.

He continued: "I probably lost more sleep on the eve of games against (Brian) Lara because I knew he could single-handedly win games. The way I judge players has always been on their ability to win games by themselves. Lara could certainly do that and he did it probably more than what Sachin's done for India.

"You've got to put (Jacques) Kallis in that bracket as well. You put his wickets on top of what he's done with the bat. He came out the other day to bat and I looked at the board and he was averaging 57 in Test cricket. That's remarkable considering the amount he's had to bowl and all that sort of stuff. I've been pretty blessed to play in the era with so many great batsmen, and if my name gets mentioned among them, then that's great."

Tendulkar, Lara and Ponting are considered as the best among modern batsmen. Ponting finished with 168 Test caps for Australia and also won three World Cup in his 17-year career.

The 37-year-old Ponting finished his career just just eight runs in the final innings in Perth. He admitted that he was "more nervous" here than in any other game of his career.


Story first published:  Monday, December 3, 2012, 18:31 [IST]
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