New Delhi, Nov 7 (UNI) Already a fan of Sachin Tendulkar, Sir Richard Hadlee today said the Indian maestro stands apart from most in the business and added that his statistics are the reflection of his stature as a player.
''Greatness of a player depends on how he adapts to situations, conditions and wickets. In the modern day cricket, Sachin's statistics speak volumes about him,'' Hadlee told mediapersons here today.
''Technically, he is better than every player and yes you need to be an extraordinary to be a Sachin,''he added.
Tendulkar recently completed 12,000 runs in Test cricket at Mohali against Australia. The 35-year-old Tendulkar has the most number of centuries in both the ODIs and Test cricket. He is also the leading run-getter in both the forms of the game.
''With the kind of record that Sir Don Bradman has, he was arguably the best batsman in the game. But Sachin definitely is a magnificent player who has served not only India but the world cricket as well,'' Hadlee said.
The 57-year-old Hadlee recalled that the first time he saw Tendulkar he was very impressed with the young boy who had just arrived at the international cricket.
He said Tendulkar got 70-80 runs against New Zealand in that innings and that was enough to indicate what player he would become in future.
''I myself have played against him and he was a young boy of 17 years. He got 80 odd runs and I was sure that he would become a great player one day,'' he remembered.
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