Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar drew quite a few similarities — both were called ‘little masters’, and contributed to the fore in different eras for the national team and went on to become the legends of the game. If that was not enough, another striking similarity came in their height, both the players were 5 feet 5 inches tall, and came from the city of Mumbai.
“From the time I was growing up, played and watching cricket, I have seen so many batsmen, but nobody has come close to batting perfection like Sachin Tendulkar. The backlift, the head, balance, the way he would lean forward, on the on side on the leg side and playing the scoop shot so wonderfully. He is definitely among the top three cricketers that I have had the privilege of following,” Gavaskar.
In 2010, against South Africa he came first international cricketer to smash a double hundred. Only if the century of centuries in international cricket was not enough – it was in March, 2012 that he achieved his feat, a record that will need to some taking to be surpassed.
Sachin Tendulkar was short but he would bully the ‘tallest’ bowlers of the era. It was the Sachin Tendulkar-era. He was a nightmare many bowlers would often refer as difficult to dislodge. At his numbers justify his status. The 47-year-old continues to be the leading run-scorer in in international cricket with 34, 357 runs — 15,921 in Tests, 18426 in ODIs and 10 from a solitary T20I.
In 2011, he finally achieved his biggest dream of lifting the World Cup, after making appearances in the marquee tournament for a record sixth time.