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Sachin may feel the pressure in his final Test: Gavaskar

November 13, 2013 12:04 IST

'Sachin would have been successful even on uncovered pitches in 1920s'



Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar said Sachin Tendulkar would have been successful in any era because of his sound technique and temperament and cited Sir Don Bradman's words to support his claim.

"As Sir Don Bradman said ‘a great in one era would have been a great in any era’. If you look at the technique that he has got, if you look at the temperament that he has, I think he would have been successful in any era," Gavaskar said.

Gavaskar, however, refused to compare Bradman with Tendulkar.

"You cannot compare two players of different eras. At best you can compare players of the same team. I don't think it is correct to compare players of two eras. It's good for an after dinner debate."

Gavaskar also said that Tendulkar would have been successful even in the 1920s on uncovered pitches.

"Sachin was born to play cricket and has taken the game to a new level. He would have even been successful in 1920s on uncovered pitches."

Image: Sachin Tendulkar (left) with Sunil Gavaskar
Photographs: Babu AD/CP/Reuters


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Gavaskar said the trio of Bradman, Sir Garfield Sobers and Tendulkar are to cricket what Michael Jordan is to basketball, Mohammad Ali to boxing and Pele to football.

"There were few men who have embellished sports and made that sport beyond the sport itself. And I think in that context you would relate football with Pele, basketball with Michael Jordan, boxing with Mohammad Ali and in cricket I would imagine there would be three. One would be Sir Don Bradman, Sir Garfield Sobers and Sachin Tendulkar. They absolutely took the game to a different level," Gavaskar at India Today Group's 'Salaam Sachin' function at city hotel in Mumbai.

Gavaskar said he realised Tendulkar's potential when he watched him bat during his maiden first-class game.

"First time I watched him in a match was his debut first-class game against Rest of India and the following Ranji Trophy match for Mumbai at the Wankhede stadium. He certainly showed the potential to go on and make life miserable for the bowlers of the world," he said.

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Gavaskar feels Tendulkar's key to success was his balance, both on and off the field.

Gavaskar also said that he was not really surprised by Tendulkar's decision to quit the game after playing his milestone 200th Test against West Indies at Mumbai, starting Thursday.

"Not really because around a certain age people do start thinking of life after the game. So it was on the cards."

Gavaskar appreciated Tendulkar's desire to learn and said the champion batsman has approached him many a times for feedback on his batting.

"The best part about some of the players like Sachin, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman was their ability to analyse the areas they needed to improve upon and then seek help and guidance of a senior player on how to get over technical difficulties," he said.

Asked to list down Tendulkar's best knock, Gavaskar recollects: "The first century which helped India save the Test match. The century he (Tendulkar) got in Perth, it was a memorable one because it wasn't an easy pitch to bat on but he made it look so simple. Then the 100 he got in Chennai against Australia."

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Asked whether Tendulkar is a mixture of Gavaskar and Gundappa Vishwanath with flair of Viv Richards, the former India skipper said: "I would say Sachin Tendulkar is Sachin Tendulkar. Better of to say he is Sachin Tendulkar. To say he is a mixture of some players is not fair to Sachin."

When asked what he believed would be Tendulkar's biggest regrets, Gavaskar said, "The times that he scored runs and India lost and the times he didn't score and India lost. Those are the things he would regret most."

As Tendulkar steps on to play his swansong Test on Thursday, Gavaskar said the little master will feel some pressure.

"Sachin may feel the pressure. Somebody in the family should help. The biggest pressure is whether this person has got tickets or the other has or not."

Gavaskar also went on to narrate some delightful anecdotes.

"I told Sachin that when he crossed his 34th hundredth, we will have 35 bottles of champagne.

"We have played against each other in a single wicket match. I got Sachin out but he did not get me out."

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