Sunil Gavaskar who himself is recognised as the best opener to have ever played the game says that he’s seen many cricketers play before, during & after his career and none came close to matching Sachin Tendulkar’s batting perfection.
Sachin Tendulkar is been regarded as the best batsmen of the modern era. Whether it’s technique, scoring runs, playing under pressure, or notching up hundreds – the discussion is incomplete without the mention of Tendulkar in it.
Gavaskar said, “As far as I am concerned, the closest thing to batting perfection… Sachin Tendulkar. I’ve never seen a batsman (like him) and I’ve seen many from the time I was growing up, from the time I played and now from the time I’ve been watching cricket, I’ve seen many terrific batsmen but nobody had came close to batting perfection like Sachin Tendulkar has”.
The first cricketer to score 10 Thousand test runs and held record for centuries in the format before Tendulkar broke it was, Sunil Gavaskar.
“The backlift, the head, the balance, everything, the way he would lean forward, the balance when he’d play off the front foot, the balance when he would play off the backfoot, on the off side, on the leg side… And later on when the T20 came in, playing the scoop shot, he pulled it off fantastically. He had everything,” Gavaskar further added.
At the age of 16, Sachin made his debut in 1989 in Pakistan, announced his retirement in 2013 after playing a record of 200 tests and 463 ODI’s. Former batsman is still continues to be the highest run scorer in both formats.
With 15921 Test runs at an average of 53.79 & in ODIs, a staggering 18426 runs at an average of 44.83
Till date the only cricketer to have 100 (51 in Tests and 49 in ODIs) International centuries.