Number 5: Indian cricket player Sachin Tendulkar.
Sachin Tendulkar turns 41. Reuters

Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar turned 41 on 24 April. IBTimes UK brings the 15 best quotes about the Little Master on his birthday.

  • "Sachin Tendulkar, the Little Master, is so talented that wherever you're from, you can't help but admire him as he hits another century." – David Cameron
  • "I don't know cricket. I don't know how Sachin plays. But I still try to watch him playing. Because I want to know the reason why my country's economy goes 0.5% down when he is batting." - Barack Obama
  • "I saw him (Sachin) 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." - Sir Donald Bradman
  • "For me he (Tendulkar) is one of the greatest cricketers I have seen. He has done extremely well and he is a very aggressive cricketer. I look forward to the day when I can see him play live." - Usain Bolt
  • "If I have a son and he decides to play cricket, I will want him to bat like Sachin Tendulkar." – Brian Lara
  • "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." - Shane Warne
  • "I have seen God, he bats at no. 4 for India" - Matthew Hayden
  • "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." - Glenn McGrath
  • "He has been in form longer than some of our guys have been alive." - Daniel Vettori
  • "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!" - Peter Roebuck
  • "The way he has taken on the role of India's greatest sporting ambassador... He has, among other things, inspired a generation and more to play cricket." - Kapil Dev
  • "Playing in the same team as Sachin is a huge honour. His balance of mind, shrewd judgement, modesty and, above all, his technical brilliance make him my all-time hero... You can't get a more complete cricketer than Sachin." - Rahul Dravid
  • "His biggest strength as a batsman is his adaptability. And that is something really, really amazing; something so special." - Sourav Ganguly
  • "He continues to give more than 100 per cent and his schoolboy-like enthusiasm for the game is something I envy and admire. For the team he is the best available coaching manual." - MS Dhoni
  • "At a party when Amitabh Bachchan stepped out of his car, people were standing in a queue to meet the great legend. But when Sachin entered the party, Bachchan sahab was the first person standing in the queue to meet him". – Shahrukh Khan