New Delhi:Batting great Sachin Tendulkar on Friday expressed his shock at noted journalist Prabhash Joshi's death, saying it left a void which would be difficult to fill.
Joshi, 72, complained of chest pain while watching last night's thrilling India-Australia one day match and was rushed to a private hospital where he was declared dead.
"I'm really shocked by his demise," Tendulkar said.
"He was a keen follower of the game and his death has left a void," said the star batsman whose sublime 175 last night could not avert India's three-run defeat against Australia.
"Right throughout, his words and opinions have always encouraged me," Tendulkar added.
BCCI spokesman Rajiv Shukla also mourned Joshi's death.
Joshi, who began his career with 'Nai Duniya', was the founder editor of leading Hindi daily 'Jansatta' in 1983.
After retiring from the newspaper in 1995, he continued as the chief editorial advisor.
Joshi also worked with the 'Indian Express' as the resident editor at Ahmedabad, Chandigarh and Delhi.
A prolific sportswriter, he was a regular at cricket matches in the capital and even watched the October 31 India-Australia match at Ferozshah Kotla from the press box.