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Unreal, extraordinary to be named with Bradman: Tendulkar

on Tue Nov 02, 2010 4:37 am
Unreal, extraordinary to be named with Bradman: Tendulkar

The only current cricketer to be named in ESPNcricinfo's all-time World XI, Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar says he finds it "unreal and extraordinary" to be placed alongside legends such as Don Bradman with whom he would have loved to play.
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Tendulkar is the only Indian in the team which features four Australians, three West Indians, two Englishmen and a Pakistani. "It would have been great to play in this dream team, to walk out with Bradman after lunch, or build a partnership with Viv Richards, and talk to Sobers about cricket," Tendulkar told ESPNcricinfo.

"Just playing and having a conversation with them about cricket. I would have liked to have asked (Jack) Hobbs and (Len) Hutton what it was like to play on uncovered wickets, who were the best bowlers they had faced, and of course, the mental aspect of the game," the 37-year-old, who has been in international cricket for over two decades, added.

Tendulkar said he is glad that he played with or watched live nearly 60 per cent of the selected side. "I played with Malcolm Marshall in county cricket, I played against Viv Richards in an exhibition game, and Lillee bowled to me at the nets at the MRF Pace Academy, when I was 15," he said. "It was such a thrill. I remember I called my brother and said to him that Dennis Lillee had bowled to me. So to now find myself in this company is unreal. I first met him when I was 12.

Pace legend Wasim Akram, the only Pakistani to have made the elite XI, said it was one of his biggest achievements to be named in the star-studded line-up.

"I never thought I would play for Pakistan, let alone be picked for an all-time World XI like this. It is a very special thing, to be picked by these judges and even more of an honour to be in the same team as guys like Sir Don Bradman, Sir Viv Richards, Sir Garry Sobers, Sachin and the others," he said.

"A lot of people ask me who was the best bowler I ever saw. Imran was great, no doubt, very hardworking and shrewd. Dennis Lillee I never really saw, but people tell you obviously about how good he was. But when I rate a bowler, I look at how he did around the world, on different pitches in England, the subcontinent and Australia, and Malcolm Marshall, I feel, was the best of the lot," he added.

Former Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist, who currently plays in the Indian Premier League, said, "to be one of only four Australian players to be chosen is an absolute honour, although I do think there were several other wicketkeepers, like Rod Marsh, Ian Healy, Mark Boucher or Alan Knott, who could have easily been picked ahead of me in this team."

Harbhajan eager to celebrate Sachin's 50th Test century

Sachin Tendulkar is one hundred away from achieving an incredible milestone of scoring 50 Test centuries and India spinner Harbhajan Singh is eagerly waiting for the historic moment. The upcoming three-Test series against New Zealand will give Tendulkar ample opportunities to get to the magical mark and Harbhajan is hoping the Mumbai batting icon will touch the mark in the first Test at Ahmedabad.

"It's going to be the biggest achievement to notch century number 50 in Tests. I am looking forward to the part
of the celebration. Hope he gets it at Motera," the Indian spin wizard said.

"He has a lot of milestones to his name. But this is going to be the biggest. Hats off to him. He has shown us that
nothing is impossible," Harbhajan said.

India play a three-Test, five-ODI series against New Zealand beginning with Motera match from November 4-8.

Harbhajan also termed a media report in London's 'Sunday Times' as rubbish for claiming that ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ASCU) was probing into Suresh Raina's involvement with a woman allegedly linked to bookies.

"This is all rubbish. Hum cricket ke liye jaan de dete hain. (We don't even care for our lives while playing cricket)
It's very sad to hear all this. These are all rubbish," Harbhajan said.

The star-off spinner also said he has happy memories with Kolkata and is looking forward to play in the World Cup early next year.

"The Eden is really special to me, there is no match here till the World Cup. I am really looking forward to play here,"
he said.

Source: PTI

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Re: Unreal, extraordinary to be named with Bradman: Tendulkar

on Wed Nov 03, 2010 12:21 am
i love to see him when he plays!!!

i wish sachin plays forever.....

the god of cricket.....
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Re: Unreal, extraordinary to be named with Bradman: Tendulkar

on Wed Nov 03, 2010 1:33 am
Yes i like him too, i hope he plays till i die Smile) and make 2 hundreds of hundreds...! Very Happy
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