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Sachin Tendulkar, the Cricket God – His Life (Video), and Quotes on him by World’s greatest!

“When Sachin Tendulkar travelled to Pakistan to face one of the finest bowling attacks ever assembled in cricket, Michael Schumacher was yet to race a F1 car, Lance Armstrong had never been to the Tour de France, Diego Maradona was still the captain of a world champion Argentina team, Pete Sampras had never won a Grand Slam. When Tendulkar embarked on a glorious career taming Imran and company, Roger Federer was a name unheard of; Lionel Messi was in his nappies, Usain Bolt was an unknown kid in the Jamaican backwaters. The Berlin Wall was still intact, USSR was one big, big country, Dr Manmohan Singh was yet to “open” the Nehruvian economy. It seems while Time was having his toll on every individual on the face of this planet, he excused one man. Time stands frozen in front of Sachin Tendulkar. We have had champions, we have had legends, but we have never had another Sachin Tendulkar and we never will. ” – Time Magazine

“I have seen God, he bats at number 4 for India.” – Mathew Hayden

“Nothing bad can happen to us if we’re on a plane in India with Sachin Tendulkar on it.” – Hashim Amla, the South African batsman, reassures himself as he boards a flight.

“Sometimes you get so engrossed in watching batsmen like Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar that you lose focus on your job.” – Yaseer Hameed in pakistani newspaper.

“To Sachin, the man we all want to be” – Andrew Symonds wrote on an aussie t-shirt he autographed specially for Sachin.

“Beneath the helmet, under that unruly curly hair, inside the cranium, there is something we don’t know, something beyond scientific measure. Something that allows him to soar, to roam a territory of sport that, forget us, even those who are gifted enough to play alongside him cannot even fathom. When he goes out to bat, people switch on their TV sets and switch off their lives.” – BBC on Sachin

“Tujhe pata hai tune kiska catch chhoda hai?” (Do you even realize whose catch you’ve dropped?”) – Wasim Akram to Abdul Razzaq when the latter dropped Sachin’s catch in 2003 WC.

Sachin is a genius. I’m a mere mortal. – Brian Charles Lara

“We did not lose to a team called India…we lost to a man called Sachin.” – Mark Taylor, during the test match in Chennai (1997)

“The more I see of him the more confused I’m getting to which is his best knock.” – M. L. Jaisimha

“The joy he brings to the millions of his countrymen, the grace with which he handles all the adulation and the expectations and his innate humility – all make for a one-in-a-billion individual,” – Glen McGrath

“I can be hundred per cent sure that Sachin will not play for a minute longer when he is not enjoying himself. He is still so eager to go out there and play. He will play as long as he feels he can play,” – Anjali Tendulkar

India me aap Prime Minister ko ek Baar Katghare me khada kar sakte hain..Par Sachin Tendulkar par Ungli nahi utha Sakte.. ” – Navjot Singh Sidhu on TV

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He can play that leg glance with a walking stick also. – Waqar Younis

‘I Will See God When I Die But Till Then I Will See Sachin‘ – A banner in Sharjah

“Sachin Tendulkar has often reminded me of a veteran army colonel who has many medals on his chest to show how he has conquered bowlers all over the world. I was bowling to Sachin and he hit me for two fours in a row. One from point and the other in between point and gully. That was the last two balls of the over and the over after that we (SA) took a wicket and during the group meeting i told Jonty (Rhodes) to be alert and i know a way to pin Sachin. And i delivered the first ball of my next over and it was a fuller length delevery outside offstump. And i shouted catch. To my astonishment the ball was hit to the cover boundary. Such was the brilliance of Sachin. His reflex time is the best i have ever seen. Its like 1/20th of a sec. To get his wicket better not prepare. Atleast u wont regret if he hits you for boundaries.” – Allan Donald

On a train from Shimla to Delhi, there was a halt in one of the stations. The train stopped by for few minutes as usual. Sachin was nearing century, batting on 98. The passengers, railway officials, everyone on the train waited for Sachin to complete the century. This Genius can stop time in India!! – Peter Rebouck – Aussie journalist

“Sachin cannot cheat. He is to cricket what (Mahatma) Gandhiji was to politics. It’s clear discrimination. ” – NKP Salve, former Union Minister when Sachin was accused of ball tempering

“There are 2 kind of batsmen in the world. One Sachin Tendulkar. Two all the others.” – Andy Flower

“I don’t know about cricket but still I watch cricket to see Sachin play. Not because I love his play, its because I want to know the reason why my country’s production goes down by 5 percent when he’s in batting…” – Barack Obama

“I had to remind Gary Kristen often that he was in the covers to field against Sachin not to applaud him” – Hansie Cronje

“Do your crime when Sachin is batting, because even God is busy watching his batting.” – Australian Fan

“I want my son to become Sachin Tendulkar.” – Brian Lara

“I am fortunate that I’ve to bowl at him only in the nets!”- Anil Kumble

I’ll be going to bed having nightmares of Sachin just running down the wicket and belting me back over the head for six. He was unstoppable. I don’t think anyone, apart from Don Bradman, is in the same class as Sachin Tendulkar. He is just an amazing player- Shane Warne

I think he is marvellous. I think he will fit in whatever category of Cricket that has been played or will be played, from the first ball that has ever been bowled to the last ball that’s going to be. He can play in any era and at any level. I would say he’s 99.5% perfect- Viv Richards on Sachin Tendulkar

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He is a perfectly balanced batsman and knows perfectly well when to attack and when to play defensive cricket. He has developed the ability to treat bowlers all over the world with contempt and can destroy any attack with utmost ease- Greg Chappell

If I’ve to bowl to Sachin, I’ll bowl with my helmet on. He hits the ball so hard-Dennis Lillee

Don’t bowl bad balls he hits the good ones for fours-Michael Kasprowicz

Sachin is cricket’s God- Barry Richards

I have delayed my shoots many times to watch Sachin bat- Amitabh Bachchan

Putting Sachin Tendulkar’s latest feat in a strictly cricketing context would not be fair to the sportsman. His achievements in the world of cricket need to be seen on a par with efforts in any other field – science, art, literature, etc – to push the frontiers of human excellence- Pakistan daily ‘Dawn’

Well, it’s such a record that you can only compare it with Bob Beamon’s long-jump world record set in the 1968 Olympics in Mexico. At that time it seemed that it would never be broken. Tendulkar’s 50 Test centuries is one such records which doesn’t look like being surpassed- Sunil Gavaskar after Sachin Tendulkar scored his 50th Test hundred

“Virender Sehwag becomes first human being to hit 200 in a one-day cricket match; of course first one was the God” – Anonymous (Sachin Tendulkar was the first to score 200 in ODIs)

“I got him out in one of the games, and there was a photo of it I asked him to sign for me. He did it and wrote me a message. Underneath his signature, he wrote, ‘This will never happen again, Hoggy,'” – Brad Hogg

I saw him playing on television and was struck by his technique, so I asked my wife to come look at him. Now I never saw myself play, but I feel that this player is playing much the same as I used to play, and she looked at him on Television and said yes, there is a similarity between the two. His compactness, technique, stroke production… it all seemed to gel in reference to Sachin Tendulkar. – Don Bradman

His life seems to be a stillness in a frantic world. When he goes out to bat, it is beyond chaos – it is a frantic appeal by a nation to one man. The people see him as a God – Matthew Hayden

During our team meetings, we often speak about the importance of the first twelve balls to Tendulkar. If you get him then you can thank your stars. Otherwise, it could mean that tough times lie ahead – Allan Donald

Sachin Tendulkar is, in my time, the best player without doubt – daylight second, Brian Lara third – Shane Warne

 

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