My favourite Sachin innings
In ODIs, I’d choose the Sharjah century against Australia in 1998; I was the non-striker and watched it from up close. In Tests, the 1996-97 Cape Town hundred is a personal favourite, and for different reasons the double-hundred in Sydney, where he was so much in control of his game plan. For emotional reasons, two Chennai tons: Pakistan in 1999 and recently against England, where he hit the winning runs.
His greatest strength
From a batting point of view: balance. This helps him pick the length and get in position quickly. Then there’s the hunger for runs. Most importantly, even after so many years, he prepares with such intensity for each match, each situation. The work he puts in, the attention to detail, sets him apart.
Sachin and me
What stands out is the person. The achievements , the laurels, the expectations, everyone wants a piece of him ... the way he carries himself is a lesson. His respect for elders, how he encourages youngsters, his family values.
I can’t think of one. He’s perfect. He was born and made to play cricket.
My message for Sachin
I just wish him all the best and hope he carries on for as long as possible. The longer he carries on, the better it is for Indian cricket.
The encouragement, input and help he brings to the dressing-room are things that make a huge difference.
(As told to Anand Vasu)