Bangalore, Dec 25: India captain MS Dhoni hailed Sachin Tendulkar's "immense" contribution to One Day International cricket and said he has been an "inspiration" in encouraging millions of people to take up the sport.
Speaking to reporters on Monday evening, on the eve of India-Pakistan Twenty20 International at M Chinnaswamy Stadium here, Dhoni also said he was disappointed that there won't be ODI century number 50 for Tendulkar.
Tendulkar retired from ODI cricket on Sunday (December 23) after playing for 23 years. He played a record 463 ODIs.
"As you all know, Paaji has announced his retirement from ODIs. We're disappointed we won't see his 50th century in coloured clothing or his 100th half century - he was four short. He's been an inspiration in encouraging thousands and millions of people to take up the sport," Dhoni said.
The skipper said he learnt a lot from the Master Blaster. "I personally learnt a lot from him - how to calculate (how to play) an innings, which bowlers we could attack and what the target in the next four or five overs should be, all those things. His contribution is immense. His batting, his experience, the suggestions he can come up with - we'll miss all that."
Dhoni also added that Tendulkar showed them how to be "humble."
"As youngsters, when we came into the side, it was important to see how he prepared himself for a game. For him for each and every game was big. At the same time, he showed us how to be humble in life and how to digest success - one of the most difficult things to do."