Australia skipper Michael Clarke has paid tribute to the soon-to-retire Sachin Tendulkar, calling him 'the greatest batsman of our generation'. "He is the greatest batsman that I have seen or played against. May be he is only second to Sir Donald Bradman in history," Clarke said in an interview with a leading newspaper.
However Clarke adds that Sachin's retirement was 'bound to happen' but said that the game would be poorer for it. "When such a player decides to call it a day an entire legion of fans feels the pain. He is the most complete batsman that I have seen and his longevity is what sets him apart in comparison to everyone else," Clarke, the current Australian Test captain, told the Times of India. (Read full interview here)
Clarke doesn't mention Ricky Ponting at all while comparing Tendulkar with the greats of his generation. Clarke has played most of his cricket with or under Ponting, who retired from international cricket last year. But Clarke seems to be upset with Ponting's comments in his autobiography, "The Close of Play". "It never worried me if a bloke didn't want a drink in the dressing room,' wrote Ponting in reference to Clarke. "But I did wonder about blokes who didn't see the value in sticking around for a chat and a laugh and a post-mortem on the day's play."