Ricky Ponting, Australia’s two-time world cup winning captain, has opined that Sachin Tendulkar is the “greatest batsman after Sir Don Bradman.”
Ponting, who himself was a run-machine and racked up 41 Test centuries in 168 Tests, has said that Tendulkar truly deserves to be called a ‘great’, a word he feels has been bandied about often.
For a book titled ‘Tendulkar in Wisden: An anthology’, Ponting wrote: “The word great is often bandied about, but great is something that’s achieved over a long period of time.”
“For me, he’s the greatest batsman after Don Bradman. While I hold Brian Lara in high regard because of his match-winning ability, I don’t think any batsman can achieve more out of the game than Sachin has.”
For Ponting, what stood out about Sachin was how the Bombay Bomber made batting look so simple. “Sachin is the greatest batsman I ever played with or against, because he made batting look so simple.”
“His technique was always rock solid, but he still managed to take the game away from you really quickly,” Ponting added.
Ponting, who retired from Test cricket in December, 2012 and the ODIs 10 months before that, is the coach of the Mumbai Indians (MI), the defending Indian Premier League (IPL) champions. He was recently in the country during the IPL auctions, which took place on the first week of February.
England’s wicket-keeper batsman, Jos Butler, and New Zealand’s Tim Southee are the marquee player purchases made by MI this season, as they look to emulate Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) feat of winning back-to-back IPL titles for the first time in their history.
Tendulkar, who is MI’s icon, may also be spotted with the Mumbai franchise during the upcoming ninth edition of the IPL. IPL 9 begins on the 9th of April, following the completion of the ICC World Twenty20 2016.