India's batting legend Sachin Tendulkar celebrates his birthday on 24 April. Arguably the greatest batsman of all time, Tendulkar, who turns 43 today, made his debut in 1989 and retired 24 years later in 2013. The maestro has a string of records to his credit, which might not be surpassed for a long time.
On retirement, he had scored 15,921 runs in 200 test matches at an average of 53.78 with an astonishing 51 hundreds to his name. In one day internationals (ODIs), he notched up 18,246 runs in 463 matches, scoring 49 tons. He is also credited with scoring 200 runs in an ODI.
Here are top-10 quotes from former players and experts about the batting maestro:
1. There are two kinds of batsman in the world. One, Sachin Tendulkar. Two, all the others – Andy Flower
2. I see myself when I see Sachin batting – Sir Don Bradman
3. I have seen God. He bats for India at number 4 in Tests – Matthew Hayden
4. Tendulkar is to cricket what Michael Jordan is to Basketball and Muhammad Ali is to boxing – Brian Lara
5. Nothing bad can happen to us if we're on a plane in India with Sachin Tendulkar on it – Hashim Amla
6. I didn't see Don but to me, in all my years associated with the game, I haven't seen a better batsman than Sachin Tendulkar – Sir Vivian Richards
7. He has been in form longer than some of our guys have been alive – Daniel Vettori
8. Sachin Tendulkar is, in my time, the best player without doubt-daylight second, Brian Lara third – Shane Warne
9. Don't bowl bad balls, he hits the good ones for fours – Michael Kasprowicz
10. Cricketers like Sachin come once in a lifetime and I am privileged he played in my time – Wasim Akram