Llyod all praise for Tendulkar, Lara

Updated on Aug 23, 2003 01:36 PM IST

Clive Lloyd said the batting skills of Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara could have earned them places in the all-conquering West Indies team of the 1970s.

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Cricketing great Clive Lloyd on Friday said the batting skills of Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara could have earned them places in the all-conquering West Indies team of the 1970s which already had an array of stars.

"Time and again the two stars with their contrasting batting styles have proved their mettle against all sorts of bowling, on all sorts of wickets," the former skipper said.

"And there is no doubt in my mind that they would have fitted into my 70s team perfectly despite it having greats like Gordon Greenidge, Roy Fredricks, Vivian Richards, Alvin Kalicharan and others," he said.

The former stylish left-handed batsman was also all praise for the current Indian side.

"There is no doubt that India played magnificently to reach the final of the World Cup and are among the top three in the world especially in the one-day form of cricket.

"They have been performing well at home in Test matches as well. They are the only country to have won a series in the recent times against the best in the world (Australia). With the team consisting of many talented youngsters, they will be an interesting side to beat," Lloyd said.

When asked how the current batsmen, including Lara and Tendulkar, would have fared against the fearsome battery of West Indian fast bowlers under him, Lloyd said "it is a very unfair comparison".

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