Ex Pakistan International Rashid Latif, in a YouTube video, recalled the incident in which he sledged Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar and got a super unique response from the Little Master.
The 51-year-old talked about how he had faced off against countless great players during his career, but none was quite like Master Blaster himself, Sachin.
“Several players came to bat when I used to keep. But when he used to come out to bat, my heart did not want him to get out. I used to enjoy watching him bat, while I was keeping. Not while watching him play on TV, but while I was standing behind the stumps,” said Latif.
“Whether it was Brian Lara, Ricky Ponting or Jacques Kallis, I always felt like getting them out while I was keeping. Tendulkar’s behaviour was unique. Even if I say something from behind, he never would respond or say something back, he just kept laughing,” he added.
Latif added that Tendulkar’s nature of not responding to any onfield sledging while scoring a barrage of runs earned the admiration of his rivals.
“Others used to react. He and Mohammad Azharuddin were like this. They used to make opposition’s players their own. This is why everyone admires Tendulkar, especially wicketkeepers. He would slam a hundred, he would be attacking bowlers, but he never said a word. And you are trying to rile him up as a keeper to get him out, but he would never react,” he said.
The former Pakistan skipper also stated that the on-field behaviour of the players left a memorable mark on everyone.
“You play an innings, you leave. But one always remembers your behaviour. In my opinion, he is at the top of the list of players who had the best on-field behaviour, and such players forever remain etched in your memories,” he added.
Tendulkar is considered by many to be the greatest batsmen to ever play the sport. The legendary batsman featured in 200 Tests, 463 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and a solitary Twenty20 International (T20I) while scoring 15921 runs, 18426 runs and 10 runs respectively in each format.