Cricket Players: What are some great lines said for Sachin Tendulkar?TIME MAG on GOD
" When Sachin Tendulkar travelled to Pakistan to face one of the finest bowling attacks ever assembled in cricket, Michael Schumacher was yet to race a F1 car, Lance Armstrong had never been to the Tour de France, Diego Maradona was still the captain of a world champion Argentina team, Pete Sampras had never won a Grand Slam. When Tendulkar embarked on a glorious career taming Imran and company, Roger Federer was a name unheard of; Lionel Messi was in his nappies, Usain Bolt was an unknown kid in the Jamaican backwaters. The Berlin Wall was still intact, USSR was one big, big country, Dr Manmohan Singh was yet to "open" the Nehruvian economy. It seems while Time was having his toll on every individual on the face of this planet, he excused one man. Time stands frozen in front of Sachin Tendulkar. We have had champions, we have had legends, but we have never had another Sachin Tendulkar and we never will."
A placard at the SCG while Sachin Tendulkar was on his way to a magnificent century:
"Commit all your crimes when Sachin is batting. They will go unnoticed because even the Lord is watching."
Hashim Amla, the South African batsman, reassures himself as he boards a flight:
"Nothing bad can happen to us if we're on a plane in India with Sachin Tendulkar on it."
"Sometimes you get so engrossed in watching batsmen like Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar that you lose focus on your job."
Andrew Symonds wrote on an Aussie Tshirt he autographed specially for Sachin:
"To Sachin, the man we all want to be"
"Beneath the helmet, under that unruly curly hair, inside the cranium, there is something we don't know, something beyond scientific measure. Something that allows him to soar, to roam a territory of sport that, forget us, even those who are gifted enough to play alongside him cannot even fathom. When he goes out to bat, people switch on their TV sets and switch off their lives."
"But the finest compliment must be that bookmakers would not fix the odds ~ or a game ~ until Tendulkar was out."
Wasim Akram to Abdul Razzaq when the latter dropped a Sachin catch.
"Tujhe patta hai tune kiska catch chhoda hai?"
Brian Charles Lara:
"Sachin is a genius. I'm a mere mortal."
Mark Taylor, during a test match in Chennai:
"We did not lose to a team called India . . . we lost to a man called Sachin."
"The more I see of him the more confused I get to which is his best knock."
"The joy he brings to the millions of his countrymen, the grace with which he handles all the adulation and the expectations and his innate humility ~ all make for a one-in-a-billion individual."
"I can be hundred per cent sure that Sachin will not play for a minute longer when he is not enjoying himself. He is still so eager to go out there and play. He will play as long as he feels he can play."
"I have seen God, he bats at Number 4 for India."
"I am fortunate that I've to bowl at him only in the nets!"
Shahrukh Khan in an interview:
"Q: Who do you think as most important celebrity?
Shahrukh: There was a big party where stars from Bollywood and cricket were invited. Suddenly, there was a big noise, all wanted to see approaching Amitabh Bachhan. Then Sachin entered the hall and Amitabh was leading the queue to get a grab of the genius!!"
Navjot Singh Sidhu:
"India me aap Prime Minister ko ek baar katghare me khada kar sakte hain, par Sachin Tendulkar par ungli nahi utha sakte . . ."
"He can play that leg glance with a walking stick also."
"I will see God when I die, till then I will see Sachin Tendulkar."
"Sachin Tendulkar has often reminded me of a veteran army colonel who has many medals on his chest to show how he has conquered bowlers all over the world"
"I was bowling to Sachin and he hit me for two fours in a row. One from point and the other in between point and gully. That was the last two balls of the over and the over after that we (SA) took a wicket and during the group meeting i told Jonty (Rhodes) to be alert and i know a way to pin Sachin. And i delivered the first ball of my next over and it was a fuller length delivery outside offstump. And I shouted catch. To my astonishment the ball was hit to the cover boundary. Such was the brilliance of Sachin. His reflex time is the best I have ever seen. It's like 1/20th of a http://second.To get his wicket better not prepare. At least you won't regret if he hits you for boundaries."
Peter Roebuck, Australian journalist:
"On a train from Shimla to Delhi, there was a halt in one of the stations.The train stopped by for few minutes as usual. Sachin was nearing century, batting on 98. The passengers, railway officials, everyone on the train waited for Sachin to complete the century.This genius can stop time in India!!"
NKP Salve, former Union Minister (when Sachin was accused of ball tampering):
"Sachin cannot cheat. He is to cricket what Gandhiji was to politics. It's clear discrimination. "
"There are two kinds of batsmen in the world. One Sachin Tendulkar. Two all the others."
"I had to remind Gary Kirsten often that he was in the covers to field against Sachin not to applaud him."
During a Bangalore Test, frustrated, Michael Kasprowicz asked Dennis Lillee:
"Mate, do you see any weaknesses?"
Lillee replied, "No Michael, as long as you walk off with your pride that's all you can do."
"You have to decide for yourself whether you're bowling well or not. He's going to hit you for fours and sixes anyway."
"Cricket is my religion, Sachin is my God."
"What do you call a critic of Sachin Tendulkar? Atheist"
"The Indian defeat was God's way of saying . . . 'I exist'. He was threatened that Sachin would take over."
"I'll be going to bed having nightmares of Sachin just running down the wicket and belting me back over the head for six. He was unstoppable. I don't think anyone, apart from Don Bradman, is in the same class as Sachin Tendulkar. He is just an amazing player."
"Don't sledge Sachin, rather befriend him."
"You have to watch India in India truly to appreciate the pressure that Sachin Tendulkar is under every time he bats. Outside grounds, people wait until he goes in before paying to enter. They seem to want a wicket to fall even though it is their own side that will suffer."
"Sachin has been sent by God to play cricket and then go back."
"I can't dream of an innings like that. He exists where we can't."
"In an over I can bowl six different balls. But then Sachin looks at me with a sort of gentle arrogance down the pitch as if to say 'Can you bowl me another one?'"
"What we (Zimbabwe) need is 10 Tendulkars."
"If I've to bowl to Sachin, I'll bowl with my helmet on. He hits the ball so hard."
Sir Donald Bradman:
"I saw him playing on television and was struck by his technique, so I asked my wife to come look at him. Now I never saw myself play, but I feel that this player is playing much the same as I used to play, and she looked at him on Television and said yes, there is a similarity between the two . . . his compactness, technique, stroke production . . . it all seemed to gel!"
"In terms of technique and compactness, Tendulkar is the best."
Sir Viv Richards:
"I think he is marvellous. I think he will fit in whatever category of cricket that has been played or will be played, from the first ball that has ever been bowled to the last ball that's going to be. He can play in any era and at any level. I would say he's 99.5% perfect."
"The more I see him, the more I want to see him."
"We won with ten, but lost to one."
"For every ball Sachin has two shots in his mind. And he gets out when he plays the third one".
"People say they saw Christ walk water . . . People say they saw Gandhiji won us freedom. People say they walked alongside Buddha 'The Enlightened One'. I will always say . . . I SAW SACHIN BAT."
"He is a perfectly balanced batsman and knows perfectly well when to attack and when to play defensive cricket. He has developed the ability to treat bowlers all over the world with contempt and can destroy any attack with utmost ease."
"The pressure on me is nothing compared to Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin, like God, must never fail. The crowd always expects him to succeed and it is too much pressure on him. But he rarely disappoints them."
"You might pitch a ball on the off stump and think you have bowled a good ball and he walks across and hits it for two behind midwicket. His bat looks so heavy but he just waves it around like it's a toothpick."
"Don't bowl him bad balls. He hits the good ones for fours."
"Cricketers like Sachin come once in a lifetime, and I am privileged he played in my time."
"When Tendulkar goes out to bat, it is beyond chaos ~ it's a frantic appeal by a nation to one man."
"Technically, you can't fault Sachin. Seam or spin, fast or slow, nothing is a problem."