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It will be impossible to replace Tendulkar: Dravid

Last updated on: April 24, 2013 08:39 IST

It will be impossible to replace Tendulkar: Dravid



Former captain Rahul Dravid said it will be impossible to replace Sachin Tendulkar once the senior India batsman retires from international cricket but added the game will go on.

"I don't think you should look to replace him, it will be impossible," Dravid said.

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"There is a lot of talent there and they have to become who they want to be. When Sunil Gavaskar retired people said where would the next Sunil Gavaskar come from but then we had Sachin Tendulkar come through," Dravid told the BBC Radio 5 Live show.

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Tendulkar retired from One-Day Internationals last year but is expected to continue his Test career for some time.

"For a whole generation of people it is going to be strange because they have grown up with Sachin but it is inevitable. It will happen. People move on. It is life. Cricket will go on. It is bigger than any individual. The greats have played before him and will continue to play after him," he added.

Image: Sachin Tendulkar (left) with Rahul Dravid
Photographs: Gareth Copley/Getty Images


'I was very nervous to bowl to him'

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Kapil Dev recalled the first time he watched Tendulkar bat.

"The first time I saw him bat was at the Brabourne Stadium (in Mumbai) and I was asked to bowl at him," recollected Kapil.

"I was told he would get encouragement from it. I said 'who is he?' and was told he had done well in school cricket and to just bowl a few balls. He looked like a 14 year-old. He played with decent balance and I was very nervous to bowl to him. He was too young for me to bowl to.

"I bowled a couple of quick ones. He flicked them off and in the nets you could see he looked good at that age. His ability was there but could not dream this young boy would be one of the finest cricketers to walk this earth."

Image: Kapil Dev (left) with Sachin Tendulkar
Photographs: Darren England/ALLSPORT/Getty Images

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'He smashed McDermott and Hughes on a quick WACA pitch'

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Asked to judge Tendulkar's greatest innings, former captains Sourav Ganguly and Gavaskar said it was his 114 against Australia at Perth in 1992.

India were heavily beaten but Tendulkar made 114 on a typically rock hard, bouncy pitch at the WACA.

"That is still the best. He was a young boy, about 18. It was a bouncy Perth pitch. We were hammered in that series but he smashed (Craig) McDermott and (Merv) Hughes on a quick WACA pitch," said Ganguly.

"We go to Australia quite a lot now and are used to those pitches but in those days we went once every six years and it was even harder to get used to the pace and bounce."

Image: Sachin Tendulkar (left) with Sourav Ganguly
Photographs: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

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