No Indian batsman dominated fast bowling like Sachin Tendulkar did, says Rahul Dravid

Rahul Dravid was of the opinion that Sachin Tendulkar set the benchmark for youngsters like Virender Sehwag on how to play against fast bowlers.

updated: March 15, 2014 16:59 IST
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Mumbai: Former skipper Rahul Dravid has said that the batting legend Sachin Tendulkar was the first Indian to dominate the fast bowlers and had set a benchmark for the youngsters to take on the quickies. (Sachin Tendulkar voted cricketer of the generation)

"I think Sachin was the first great dominating batsman against fast bowling. We had a generation earlier of Sunil Gavaskar, G R Viswanath, whom we grew up idolising, and Sachin did as well. We had some great fast bowlers in 80s and 90s and Gavaskar had a phenomenal record against them. But what Sachin brought was dominance to fast bowling," Dravid said. (Sachin Tendulkar urges fans to back crisis-hit Team India)

"Gavaskar was a slightly more defensive batsman, if I may say that, but Sachin had grown up in a different era and had someone like Viv Richards as his idol, especially when he first batted in the 90s. The way he dominated fast bowling and the way he took on fast bowling was something that was unique and different," Dravid said at the annual ESPNcricinfo awards in Mumbai on Friday. (Sachin Tendulkar urges ICC to organise more Test matches)

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