Kolkata, Dec 6: Former India captain turned commentator Ravi Shastri feels there is no replacement for Sachin Tendulkar at the moment and went on to say "nobody good enough even to tie Sachin Tendulkar's shoelaces".
"Forget what some people may say. Right now, there's nobody good enough even to tie Sachin Tendulkar's shoelaces. I rest my case there," Shastri was quoted as saying by "The Telegraph" newspaper on Wednesday.
Tendulkar, under pressure after extended lean patch in Test cricket, battled his way through to 76 on the first day of third Test against England at Eden Gardens on Wednesday.
Speaking on that innings, Shastri said: "Of course, the team needs Sachin... There's no replacement... There's none to take his place... Take out his 76 and where would the team have been today (Wednesday)?"
"In the context of this Test and possibly the series (tied 1-1), Sachin played a very important innings... He'd been under pressure on multiple fronts, but that's bound to happen at this stage in his career. In fact, the pressure won't get less..." Shastri, who is doing commentary in Kolkata for Star Sports, added.
Tendulkar reached his first half century in 11 Test innings on Wednesday. He was the top scorer for India as they were bowled out for 316.