Melbourne: Sachin Tendulkar's impending retirement from Test cricket evoked unreserved admiration for the batting icon from the Australian media which described him the "deity of cricket" and one of the history's two greatest batsmen along with Don Bradman.
With the headline 'Tendulkar departs as a deity of cricket', 'Sydney Morning Herald' said that the Indian batsman combined brilliance with incredible longevity and none of his contemporaries commanded god-like status like he did. (Also read: You can't compare anyone with Sachin Tendulkar, says Shahid Afridi)
"A batting genius who has played the game for almost a quarter of a century, he combined brilliance with incredible longevity. He outlasted fellow greats such as West Indies champion Brian Lara, Australian legend Ricky Ponting and Indian teammate Rahul Dravid, and inspired a new generation of players who wanted to be like him," the newspaper said.