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Sachin still the best, says Gilchrist

cricket Updated: Sep 12, 2008 00:35 IST
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Mahendra Singh Dhoni may have pipped Sachin Tendulkar to the ICC ODI Player of the Year award but Adam Gilchrist believes the Little Master is still the best batsman around. Here on a promotional tour, Gilchrist said he does not doubt Dhoni's ability but Tendulkar is simply the best.

"Well, it's hard to compare whether statistically or in your mind or opinion. It's a big award for Mahendra to win but I would still say Sachin is the best player of recent times," Gilchrist told a news channel.

Making a comparative study of both the Indians, Gilchrist said, "Dhoni is firepower, (it's more about) his explosiveness and unpredictability. If there is anything about Sachin, it's his technicality, he is beautiful to watch and clinical whereas Dhoni is almost carefree, playing without fear that can hurt you most. "He (Dhoni) hits some extraordinary shots that are quite unique to the game. You never see them in textbooks but are equally effective," said the Australian.

Gilchrist was also against rushing Dhoni into the Test captain's job even though he felt it was just a matter of time before the star stumper takes over the reins from Anil Kumble. "Well, his time will come I believe," Gilchrist said.