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On birthday eve, the maestro plays with a straight bat

Though Tendulkar had pulled out of the Twenty20 World Cup, along with fellow senior players, he is leading the Mumbai side in the Indian Premier League.

cricket Updated: Apr 24, 2008 02:49 IST

Sachin Tendulkar refused to be dragged into a debate on who, between Anil Kumble and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, is a better captain and said he enjoys playing under both.

Tendulkar, who in an interview to the a Hindi news channel, talked on various issues shied shied away from a comparison.

Instead, the batting maestro claimed both are quality captains. “Both of them are good,” Tendulkar said on the eve of his 35th birthday.

“One is playing since 1990s and is a world class player. He is playing for 18 years and very few players have played for India for so long,” Tendulkar said of Kumble.

“Anil is a world class player and all are having high regards for him,” he said.

“On the other hand, Dhoni is a youngster who has played for two-and-a-half years and has performed tremendously. He has shown great maturity,” was how Tendulkar assessed India's ODI and Twenty20 captain.

He added, “I have played under both of them. The contrast is there and it is a good opportunity to play under them and I'm enjoying.”

Though Tendulkar had pulled out of the Twenty20 World Cup, along with fellow senior players, he is leading the Mumbai side in the Indian Premier League.

Talking about this new slam-bang format, Tendulkar felt it might eat into the ODI pie but Test cricket would not be affected. On the Twenty20 format, Tendulkar said it is very challenging and requires different skills as well as preparation and thinking.

Warne wishes Sachin

Jaipur: Shane Warne was the first one to wish Tendulkar on the eve of his birthday. The spin legend wished him as many playing years as he wanted.

Warne said fans would have to wait for long to have another player of Tendulkar's calibre, so he should be allowed to continue his career instead of critics suggesting him to retire.

“He is a great player. We may have to wait for many, many years to have another player like him. He should be allowed to continue till he wants to,” said Warne.

“I feel Brian Lara and Sachin are the best batsmen of the recent times but I rate Sachin “the best” not only because of his amazing cricketing ability but also because of the exemplary manner in which he conducts himself on and off the field.”