Clarke, who arrived in Chennai on Tuesday (February 12), began preparations for the four-match Test series against India. The first Test starts in Chennai on February 22.
Speaking about Tendulkar, the Australian said they can have as many plans as possible but the Mumbai man is a great player.
"You can have as many plans as possible for Sachin Tendulkar but he is a great player. He is the greatest I have seen and I have always loved playing against him. His sign of greatness is his longevity and consistency," Clarke was quoted as saying by PTI on Wednesday (February 13).
Tendulkar warmed up for the Test series with an unbeaten 140 for Mumbai against Rest of India in Irani Cup. Clarke said he watched that innings.
"I was walking on the treadmill and watching his 100 in the Irani Cup game. I enjoy his batting but as an Australian captain, I would like to ensure that he doesn't score too many runs," he said.
Despite losing the home series to England, Clarke said India are still a good team as they have Tendulkar.
"Lot of our guys watched the series but we know how good a team India is. Any team having Sachin Tendulkar will be a team to beat in their own country. But I have learnt one thing about playing in sub-continent. Whether you are No 1 bowler or debutant patience and consistency will be key to success," Clarke added.