Karachi, Dec 24: A number of former and current Pakistani cricketers paid tribute to Sachin Tendulkar on the event of his retirement from the One-Day International (ODI) format, and said the Indian batting legend will be missed sorely.
Many were disappointed with his decision to retire just before Pakistan and India go head-to-head in their upcoming ODI series, reports The Express Tribune.
Pakistan fast bowler Sohail Tanvir said he enjoyed bowling against Tendulkar because the margin of error was so slim that he could dispatch even good deliveries to the fence.
Words are not enough to describe Tendulkar’s achievements for India, Tanvir said, adding that the former deserves the highest of respects in world cricket.
Pakistan Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez said he felt dejected about the Indian great’s retirement. He said Pakistan would miss Tendulkar.
Former Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq said that Tendulkar’s records will be difficult to break for the current generation of batsmen. He called Tendulkar “a role model for millions” and added with his retirement, a golden chapter has come to an end.
He further said that Tendulkar’s presence would have ensured a more challenging time for the Pakistan team during the upcoming series.
Paceman Umar Gul said Tendulkar was a source of motivation for budding cricketers, adding that players like Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina flourished due to his presence. (ANI)