Bangalore: Former captains Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble on Friday saluted retiring batsman Sachin Tendulkar for setting the benchmark in world cricket and inspiring millions of countrymen to take up the game.
Describing Tendulkar as a role model, Dravid said he always looked up to the Mumbai batsman, who retires from Test cricket after playing his milestone 200th match next month, to try and achieve the level of excellence and standard set by him.
"He (Tendulkar) was the benchmark on which all of us batsmen in Indian team judged ourselves. I wish Sachin goes on forever. But these things don't happen -- that's life. It is a moment to celebrate this great achievement for someone who could achieve excellence and standard of performance for 24 years," Dravid told reporters here.