There is no doubt about the fact that ‘Little Master’ Sachin Tendulkar is one of the greatest batsmen the world has ever seen. However there another ‘Little Master’ who Tendulkar grew up watching and wanted to emulate. He perhaps went a step ahead of his hero Sunil Gavaskar. He was India’s best batsman during the 1980’s and dominated star-studded bowling line-ups. His best came against the fiercest bowling side of Gavaskar’s generation. He used to score runs against Windies for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
In his debut tour of 1971, Gavaskar scored 774 runs in the series which is still a world record for any batsmen in a debut Test series. Tendulkar grew up watching Gavaskar and wanted to be a player of his calibre.
Sachin Tendulkar says Sunil Gavaskar is the epitome of concentration and courage:
Speaking about Gavaskar on his Twitter handle, Tendulkar wrote Gavaskar is the epitome of unwavering strength and courage.
“To me, #SunilGavaskar is the epitome of unwavering concentration & courage. To step out on the field against a team that was well-known for ferocious pace bowlers and still achieve one of his highest batting averages. All I can say is … Wow! #NationalSportsDay #SportPLAYINGIndia,” Tendulkar wrote on his Twitter handle.
To me, #SunilGavaskar is the epitome of unwavering concentration & courage. To step out on the field against a team that was well-known for ferocious pace bowlers and still achieve one of his highest batting averages. All I can say is … Wow! #NationalSportsDay #SportPLAYINGIndia pic.twitter.com/2s8KRnu8O3
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 29, 2018
Tendulkar had two heroes while growing up. One was Gavaskar, and the other one was a Caribbean legend, Viv Richards. He wanted to be a mixture of both. He wanted to have the flair of Richards and the unwavering concentration of Gavaskar.
The Little Master displayed all his skills during his 24-year-long career. He has been showered with praises by both Gavaskar and Richards.
To both the batters, Tendulkar is the greatest batsman of his generation. Richards rates Tendulkar very highly and has time and again said that he is by far the best batsman of his generation.
Tendulkar holds the record for most number of runs in both Tests and the 50-over format. The Little Master also holds the record for most number of centuries in both the most extended format and One-day Internationals.