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Sachin Tendulkar

He started playing cricket at the highest level at an age others worry about passing school exams.
PTI | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2006 04:20 PM IST
 Date of Birth: 24 April 1973, Mumbai, Maharashtra
 Test Debut: Against Pakistan at Karachi in 1989/90
 ODI Debut: iAgainst Pakistan at Gujranwala in 1989/90
 Bats: Right Hand Bat
 Bowls: Leg Break, Right Arm Off Break, Right Arm Medium

Two words that strike terror in the hearts of bowlers all around the world — Sachin Tendulkar. He started playing cricket at the highest level at an age others worry about passing school exams.

His timing and power have helped him master most bowling attacks at the worst of times.

If there is a question mark, it is about his temperament, and he does not seem to be able to bat long hours when the team needs it. As if his batting is not enough, Tendulkar is also quite a handful from the other end of the crease, bowling an assortment of spin and medium pace. He is also one of India's safest fielders.

Mentally very strong, Tendulkar is best when confronted by a challenge - as he showed when mowing down bowlers in the World Cup 2003, though he had a rough patch just before the tournament. Made captain for two short stints, Tendulkar made it clear that he wants to concentrate on his batting and indeed, he seems to be getting better with every passing year.

Strengths: Has immense presence; great timing; canny bowler

Weaknesses: Suspect against quality off-spin; tendency to get bored when runs dry up; plays across the line frequently

What others say: For all Bradman's achievements, Tendulkar is the closest thing to batting perfection I've seen - in terms of technique and temperament.  Sunil Gavaskar

You take Don Bradman away and Sachin is next up, I reckon. Steve Waugh

I don't think anyone, apart from Don Bradman, is in the same class as Sachin Tendulkar. He is just an amazing player.   Shane Warne

Sachin Tendulkar plays more like me than any other modern player I've seen.  Don Bradman 1996

People talk about the greatness off Sir Don Bradman. He was great because no other batsman commands a batting average of 99.94. But Sachin I think is there at the top for the sheer volume of runs he has scored against every attack in the world.   Waqar Younis.

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