Former Pakistan captain and legendary fast bowler Waqar Younis heaped rich praise on Sachin Tendulkar, saying people of all ages like him for the way he handled his career. Back in November 1989, Sachin and Waqar made their international debuts at the National Stadium in Karachi. Sachin dealt with a fast bowling legend like Waqar Younis with ease. It was a story of grit, passion, unbelievable skills to make things work like against the finest pace attacks in the world. He loved the game and worked rigorously to earn the distinction of ‘God of Cricket’.
Sachin was a nightmare to bowlers and his numbers justify his status. The 47-year-old continues to be the leading run-scorer in in international cricket with 34, 357 runs — 15,921 in Tests, 18,426 in ODIs and 10 from a solitary T20I.
Tendulkar retired in 2013 while Waqar’s career came to a close after the 2003 World Cup. Both cricketers turned out to be colossal figures from their countries. Waqar Younis has seen the career of Tendulkar unfold in front of his eyes. He believes Tendulkar is not just a great player but a great human being. Younis also added that apart for his brilliance on the field he has great qualities of a human being.
“Sachin Tendulkar is not only a great player, but a great human being also. I mean, keeping aside his Test records and one-day records, as a human being and because of his qualities, people of all ages like him,” Waqar Younis during a chat show for Q20, GloFans.
“He is a very humble man and everyone has seen his achievements and has seen him performing on the field. Overall, full marks to him for the way he has handled his career,” he added.
Waqar was also very impressed by Sachin’s knock against Pakistan in the 2003 World Cup.
Recalling the 2003 World Cup knock from Sachin Tendulkar that helped India beat Pakistan in Centurion, Waqar Younis said it was one of the best innings he has ever seen.
“Sachin Tendulkar’s innings against Pakistan in 2003 is hard to be described in words because he played so well and especially because India was under pressure on that day and we were good at bowling,” Waqar said.
“Probably even if you would ask Sachin about this, he might also say the same thing, that it was probably one of his best innings. The way he faced Shoaib Akhtar, Wasim Akram and me under pressure and the way he attacked and got early runs, I think it was amazing innings, one of the best innings I’ve seen.”