Melbourne:It's not always that players admire their opponents on field but Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds has disclosed how he was unusually enamoured by the rare sight of VVS Laxman overshadowing an in-form Sachin Tendulkar during the Sydney Test.
Apart from the many unpleasant stories related to the spiteful Sydney match, Symonds also had a pleasant observation about Indians which he narrated in his newly published autobiography Roy on the rise - A year of living dangerously.
"So much for the diamond days, but even the stony days had a bit to recommend them during the Sydney Test," he said.
"It's rare to see Sachin Tendulkar in form yet being overshadowed by another batsman, but VVS in my book did exactly that during his first innings knock of 109," Symonds said.
He was, however, quick to add that the two batsmen were at par but it was just a matter of one's perspective.
"In saying that, it was like holding a Rolex watch and a Patek Phillipe watch and saying which one looks best? Depending upon your taste, you'll opt for one while acknowledging the other is pretty sharp as well," he said.
Symonds said he felt privileged to watch Laxman, who has been a nemesis for Australian bowlers, and Tendulkar, when the duo's shots were just "flowing".