Describing Sachin Tendulkar as the greatest batsman of modern era, former Pakistan captain Saeed Anwar on Thursday hailed the Indian maestro for breaking his ODI batting record and becoming the only player to smash a double century in the limited-overs cricket.
Anwar told PTI he was not surprised that Tendulkar had broken his record of the highest individual score (194) in one-dayers when he scored 200 not out against South Africa at Gwalior on Wednesday.
"I am surprised that my record stood for 13 years because in this period there were number of players like Brian Lara, Ricky Pointing, Shahid Afridi and Virender Sehwag who could have broken the record. But I think Tendulkar did it because he is the greatest of modern era and a class apart," Anwar said.
"Honestly speaking Brian Lara seemed to me the most likely to break the record but he retired without doing it but he set his records in test and first class cricket," said Anwar who had scored earlier record 194 against India in Chennai in May 1997.
"I am happy Tendulkar has done it because he is certainly the greatest batsman of the modern era. His feats speak for themselves," he added.
Anwar recalled how Tendulkar had congratulated him when he scored the 194 in the Independence Cup.