The former New Zealand captain reveals his pride of playing alongside his childhood icon.
Former New Zealand captain and Pune Warriors India batsman Ross Taylor has revealed his admiration of Sachin Tendulkar and his pride of playing both alongside and against the legendary Indian.
Tendulkar will turn 40 on Wednesday, leading once again to speculation that the ‘Little Master will retire, but the man himself has denied those claims and Taylor was keen to express how the batsman had impacted on his career.
“I will forever remember Sachin as one of the greatest players of the game,” the 29-year-old said on NDTV Sports.
“It is something I look forward to telling my grandchildren in the future – that I played against one of my childhood heroes.
“It can surely rank as one of my cherished cricketing memories.”
After playing Test cricket for 24 years it is fair to say that Tendulkar has probably influenced many cricketers throughout his career.
The Indian has enjoyed a run in cricket that most professionals can only dream of, scoring the most Test runs in history with 15,837, at an average of 53.86 and is just two five-day matches short of playing 200.
Whilst other veterans of the game from Tendulkar’s era have retired from Test cricket – such as Rahul Dravid and Ricky Ponting – the batsman still battles on.
The 39-year-old has given up the international short-over formats and some observers believe Tendulkar will give up playing for India altogether once he reaches the 200 mark.
The ‘Little Master’ is currently plying his trade in the 2013 IPL tournament for Mumbai Indians, where he opens the batting with Ponting.