Written by Staff Writer
13 Nov, 2013 | 11:19 am
Brian Lara believes that Sachin Tendulkar deserves to be remembered as the greatest cricketer in history.
The 40-year-old will start his 200th and final Test match in his hometown of Mumbai against West Indies on Thursday. Tendulkar is the highest runscorer in international cricket, with 15,847 runs in 199 Tests and 18,426 runs in 463 One Day Internationals.
“Tendulkar has had the greatest cricket career of anyone who has ever played the game,” said Lara.
Former West Indies batsman Lara, 44, and Tendulkar have similar records, with Test figures showing that Lara averaged just under 53 in his 131 Tests, with Tendulkar a fraction over.
Tendulkar, though, will end his career having played 69 more matches than Lara, as he becomes the first man to play 200 Tests.
“The impact he has had on his game, his country, the rest of the world – is incredible,” added Lara, who scored 11,953 Test runs.
Tendulkar made his international debut aged 16 in November 1989 and last year became the only batsman in the history of the game to reach 100 international centuries.
“His stats speak for themselves,” continued Lara. “I don’t think there is any 16-year-old who is going to embark on the sort of career that Sachin Tendulkar has had and walk away from the game at 40 with such great achievements.
“He’s the Muhammad Ali and the Michael Jordan of cricket. You think of the great boxers and basketball players, but if you were to talk about the game then you would have to talk about Sachin.”
Source – BBC
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