New Delhi, Nov 19: Sprint superstar Yohan Blake says his "childhood hero" Sachin Tendulkar's humility has touched many people around the world and the batting legend has left an ever-lasting legacy for everyone to follow.
The Jamaican sprinter said it was an "honour" for him to speak about Tendulkar, whose popularity transcends boundaries. Paying tribute to the batting maestro, who brought the curtains down on his glittering career after playing his 200th Test last week, Blake said it was amazing to see Tendulkar maintaining humility all these years.
"I want to say that he has left a legacy for everyone to follow. He is a humble man who has touched many people around the world. I hope they will follow in his footsteps," Blake told PTI in an exclusive interview.
Double silver medallist at the London Olympics, Blake is an ardent follower of cricket like his senior pro and fastest man on the earth, Usain Bolt - the first man to win six Olympic gold medals in sprinting.
The 23-year-old athlete is a big fan of Tendulkar and it has been his dream to bowl to Indian batting great at least once.
"I remember the first time I was given the opportunity to speak to him, I told him that I wanted to bowl to you. I felt so honoured because Sachin is truly one of my childhood heroes," he said.
Blake takes time off from his busy schedule to follow whenever Tendulkar is batting and has a collection of the maestro's DVDs which he watches on and off.
Asked how he feels about his icon retiring from the game, Yohan said, "When he announced his retirement, I said to myself it is sad that good things must come to an end. He has done so much not just for his country but for the world."