Former Pakistan skipper Waqar Younis has showered praise on Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar, saying his humility was and is the biggest thing that made and makes everyone love him.
According to the speed veteran, the manner in which Sachin Tendulkar managed his career despite enjoying a God-like status in India was commendable.
“Tendulkar is not only a great player, but a great human being also. I mean, keeping aside his Test records and one-day records, as a human being and because of his qualities, people of all ages like him,” said Waqar on a chat show for Q20, GloFans.
“He is a very humble man and everyone has seen his achievements and has seen him performing on the field. Overall, full marks to him for the way he has handled his career,” he added.
Waqar also recalled one of Sachin’s best ever knocks which came in the 2003 World Cup.
In the 2003 World Cup match against Pakistan, Sachin Tendulkar destroyed the opponent’s bowling attack and helped India chase 275 runs. Rolling back years to that game, Younis hailed that knock as one of Sachin Tendulkar’s best over the years.
Tendulkar’s innings against Pakistan in 2003 is hard to be described in words because he played so well and especially because India was under pressure on that day and we were good at bowling. So that innings! Probably even if you would ask Tendulkar about this he might also say the same thing, that it was probably one of his best. The way he faced Shoaib, Wasim and me under pressure and the way he attacked and got early runs, I think it was amazing and one of the best innings I’ve seen,” said Waqar.
Notably, Sachin and Waqar made their debut in the same match. Sachin Tendulkar went on to play 200 Tests, 463 ODIs and a solitary T20I, while Younis featured in 87 Tests and 262 ODIs for Pakistan.