Brian Lara was great but Sachin Tendulkar is the greatest, says Sourav Ganguly

Former Indian captain remembers his best moments with the Little Master, who turns 40 on Wednesday. Ganguly feels no cricketer will emulate Tendulkar's 100 international centuries in the next 50 years!

updated: April 23, 2013 14:46 IST
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Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly calls Sachin Tendulkar the "greatest cricketer I have ever seen". In a tribute paid to the Little Master, who is grappling with form and has repeatedly been probed about his future in international cricket, Ganguly says: "He is the best I have seen and will perhaps ever see. No batsman in the next fifty years can score 100 international hundreds."

Ganguly has wished Tendulkar ahead of his 40th birthday on Wednesday. In an article in the Outlook, Ganguly, now a widely respected TV commentator, says: "…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 out to them is the 100 international hundreds. Can you imagine the hunger and motivation of a player who has achieved that?"

One of the most successful Indian captains, Ganguly goes on to say: "The difference between Sachin and a really good player is that the latter, if he scores a hundred in the first innings and has once again scored a fifty in the second, will, in all likelihood, play one loose shot thereafter. It happens to us all. Sachin, however, will leave nothing to chance and will get the second innings hundred as well. That's why I always say that Lara was a great and Ponting too was brilliant, but Sachin, without any hesitation, is the greatest."

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