New Delhi, Oct 7: Sachin Tendulkar has praised Rahul Dravid and called him a "true champion". Both Tendulkar and Dravid bid adieu to the Twenty20 game last night after the Champions Leauge 2013 final. While Tendulkar will continue his cricket journey with Tests, Dravid's stint in competitive cricket has ended with last night's game.
Mumbai Indians defeated Rajasthan Royals to capture the CLT20 crown. It was a winning farewell for Sachin while RR captain Dravid had to leave the scene in disappointment.
Speaking to CLT20's official website after the final, Tendulkar recalled his first meeting with Dravid and said the Bangalorean was one of the best.
"The least I can say about Rahul (Dravid) is that he is a true champion. He has been a terrific and world-class player - one of the best I have played with and against," Tendulkar told the website.
"The first time I met him was when I captained him in the Wills Trophy. Since then it has been a privilege for not only me but the entire world to watch Rahul perform so brilliantly on a consistent basis.
"I just want to congratulate Rahul for a wonderful career that he's had and I wish his family all the very best. I am sure there are many more wonderful things that will happen in his life," he added.
Dravid was dismissed for just 1 run in his final innings while Tendulkar made 15. Both were bowled and both fell to Australian bowlers.