Cricketers salute Sachin Tendulkar ahead of his 40th birthday

Approaching his 40th birthday, Sachin Tendulkar's "insatiable hunger and incredible talent" has fetched him glowing tributes from fellow cricketers who say the batting great's longevity and passion for the game can never be surpassed.

updated: April 20, 2013 19:25 IST
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New Delhi: Sachin Tendulkar, regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in modern-day cricket, will turn 40 on April 24 and some of his contemporary cricketers doffed their hats for his unprecedented achievements on the cricket field.

While former India skipper Sourav Ganguly rated Tendulkar as the greatest player he had ever seen, Australia captain Michael Clarke said his passion for the game is unprecedented.

"Suffice to say, he is the greatest cricketer I have ever seen. I haven't seen Bradman, but he is as close to perfection as you can get. His insatiable hunger, combined with incredible talent, makes him a real genius. When people criticise him, all I point to them is the 100 international hundreds," Ganguly said in an article published in 'Outlook' magazine.

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