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| On Feb 25, 2020 6:11 PM IST

‘Never been ‘born for cricket’ player like..’: Inzamam-ul-Haq heaps high praise on India cricketer

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Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has heaped high praise on former India cricketer Sachin Tendulkar on the 10th anniversary his historic double century in ODIs. Tendulkar scored the first-ever ODI double hundred on February 24, 2010.

“I don’t think there has been a player like Tendulkar in cricket, maybe someone in the future who will score this many runs. He used to be so enjoyable to watch. He should have never gone away from cricket,” said Inzamam-ul-Haq in a video.

‘Tendulkar was born for cricket’: Inzamam-ul-Haq

“He was born for cricket. I always believed cricket and he were made for each other. I’m talking about the ever great Sachin Tendulkar,” said Inzamam on his youtube channel.

“It still amazes that at a tender age of 16-17, he made his international debut and did such great things. This is only possible by some extraordinary cricketer, in fact, if there is anything above extraordinary then that is Sachin,” he added.

‘Master at scoring and break records’

“It’s easier said than done. He was playing against the likes of Waqar and Wasim on his debut at 16 years of age. The kind of cricket he played against that bowling attack was startling,” Inzamam-ul-Haq recalled Tendulkar’s debut series against PAK in 1989.

“During that era, the concept of scoring this many runs wasn’t even there. The great players used to be finished with 8-8.5 thousand runs. Only Sunil Gavaskar had scored 10 thousand runs and it seemed that record will never be broken. But Sachin broke all records of scoring runs. Now I’m waiting to see who will break Sachin’s mountain of runs,” said former Pakistani cricketer.

‘Never seen more fan following of a cricketer’

On Tendulkar’s mental toughness, Inzi said, “He was mentally so so tough. He was always under pressure. I have never seen more fan following of a cricketer than Sachin’s. There was pressure on him to score in every innings.”

 

Tendulkar always troubled me with his bowling ability: Inzi

Inzamam also mentioned of Sachin’s incredible bowling abilities. “He was such a genius cricketer that he could bowl leg-spin, off-spin, medium pace. I had faced many great leg-spinners, never had troubles in reading their googlies but it was only Tendulkar who gave me troubles and got me out many times,” he added.