Sachin Tendulkar has cemented his greatness with truckload of runs but what former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar admires most about the batting great is his humility, manners and the unabashed love for the game that he has maintained for nearly two decades.
"What I admire about Sachin is his humility, respect for elders and the passion for the game that he has retained even after so many years and after achieving so much in cricket. He has not changed at all," Vengsarkar said in praise of the master batsman who made his international debut on November 15, 1989 .
The former chief selector told PTI that he had his first look at Tendulkar's precocious talent during the 1988-89 series against New Zealand when he invited the prodigiously talented schoolboy to the Indian team's net session here.
"I had heard about his exploits (in schools and juniors cricket) in 1988-89 when I was India captain and Vasu Paranjpe (former Mumbai cricketer) told me I must make it a point and see him play. We were in the middle of the series against New Zealand and I invited Sachin for the nets," Vengsarkar recalled.