Mumbai: Sachin Tendulkar is among the three greats to have emerged as the leading contenders for ESPNcricinfo's Cricketer of the Generation award, even as his longtime fierce rival from the West Indies Brian Lara missed out on a place in the final three.
Australian spin legend Shane Warne and the recently-retired South African great Jacques Kallis are the other two cricketers to feature in the final list.
The award, to be presented in Mumbai on Friday, will honour the most outstanding cricketer between the years 1993 and 2013. The occasion will also mark the 20th anniversary celebrations for the cricket website.
While Tendulkar has been the most successful batsman of his generation, having set innumerable records in both Tests and ODIs, no other bowler mesmerised world cricket the way Warne did, besides playing a role in reviving the art of leg-spin bowling.