Former Pakistan legend Javed Miandad has lauded the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar, claiming cricket will never see any more of those. All three have featured with each other and have had quite competitive matches during their playing days. While the on-field rivalry remained, both the nations’ players possessed immense respect for each other.
When Sunil Gavaskar retired in 1987 after playing for 16 years, the cricketing world witnessed Sachin Tendulkar in 1989. After a few jittery starts, Tendulkar began asserting his authority and ruled cricket for more than two decades and is the custodian of numerous records. At present, the meteoric rise of Virat Kohli has left the experts spellbound.
Nevertheless, Javed Miandad feels that one cannot compare the present and the past generation of players. Even as Sachin and Sunil have retired, Miandad feels that the pair have left an impression and legacy, which is hard to erase.
“If you are talking of the street fighter attitude, then I don’t think you can compare anyone from my era with the present generation,” the 62-year old said as quoted by Hindustan Times.
You cannot make another Sunny Gavaskar or Sachin Tendulkar. You can idolise someone but that won’t change an individual’s class or quality. You can’t compare players from different generations,” Javed Miandad added.
Cricket was tough during my time: Javed Miandad
The former Pakistan captain went on to say his era consisted of much faster and potent fast bowlers like Dennis Lillee, Andy Roberts, Jeff Thomson, Richard Hadlee, who bowled blazing-fast on uncovered and quicker tracks. The retired cricketer said that one has to get accustomed to the conditions rapidly to prove themselves.
“Cricket was tough during my time. We had to face the likes of Malcolm Marshall, Richard Hadlee, Dennis Lillee, and Jeff Thomson. They bowled express pace and the wickets were more bouncier and faster. You had to adapt to different conditions and how quickly you acclimatised defined your class.” Miandad, who played six World Cups, added.