And now, Blake races in with a tribute of his own
Sprint superstar Yohan Blake says his "childhood hero" Sachin Tendulkar's humility has touched many people around the world and the batting legend has left an ever-lasting legacy for everyone to follow.other Updated: Nov 20, 2013 00:30 IST
Sprint superstar Yohan Blake says his "childhood hero" Sachin Tendulkar's humility has touched many people around the world and the batting legend has left an ever-lasting legacy for everyone to follow.
Paying tribute to the batting maestro, who brought the curtains down on his glittering career after playing his 200th Test last week, Blake said it was amazing to see Tendulkar maintaining humility all these years.
"He has left a legacy for everyone to follow. He is a humble man who has touched many people around the world. I hope they will follow in his footsteps," said Blake.
Double silver medallist at the London Olympics, Blake, like compatriot Usain Bolt, is an ardent follower of cricket.
The 23-year-old athlete is a big fan of Tendulkar and it has been his dream to bowl to him. "The first time I was given the opportunity to speak to him, I told him that I wanted to bowl to you. I felt so honoured because Sachin is truly one of my childhood heroes," he said.
Blake takes time off from his busy schedule to follow whenever Tendulkar is batting and has a collection of the maestro's DVDs.
Asked how he feels about his icon retiring from the game, Yohan said, "When he announced his retirement, I said to myself it is sad that good things must come to an end. He has done so much not just for his country but for the world."