Cricketing icon Sachin Tendulkar and tennis star Sania Mirza may have won plaudits for performing well in their chosen disciplines, but that has not diminished their admiration for each other.
While Sania admires the little master's ability to handle enormous pressure for years, Tendulkar is gung ho over Sania's accomplishments on the tennis court.
Declaring that Tendulkar was her childhood hero, 20-year-old Sania said on Tuesday, "I just wonder how he handles so much pressure. I admire him because now I have to handle a lot of pressure myself. But he is doing that for years."
The glamorous tennis star said such was the level of expectation from Tendulkar that when he got out for 97 it was written that he got out at a score below 100.
Tendulkar, a keen follower of tennis, said the exploits of players like Sania, Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi made him feel proud.
"It is wonderful to see such terrific players turning out for India. With such sports personalities around, you feel proud to be an Indian," the little master said.
"I've followed her rise in rankings. She is progressing well. It's terrific and I am confident that she will be right there among the top players," Tendulkar said.
While Sania said she would have loved to be a cricketer had she not taken to tennis, Tendulkar regretted that he would not have the opportunity to play with the Hyderabadi in the fun tennis scheduled for the afternoon.
"Unfortunately, I'm not a guy. Otherwise, I could have become a cricketer," Sania said.
"I would have loved to play with Sania. She is one of the hardest hitters of balls on court. You see balls flying fast. She has that special gift," the cricketer said.