Sachin Tendulkar has spanned three generations of cricketers and fired the dreams of a billion Indians, said Anil Kumble while delivering the second Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi Memorial lecture in Mumbai on Wednesday evening. Kumble recalled his association with Tendulkar as members of the Indian squad and paid rich tribute to the 40-year-old legend set to play his 200th and final Test match at Wankhede Stadium from Thursday.
"I have played 132 Tests with Sachin. I never threatened Sachin's place in the team as a batsman but he sometimes threatened mine as a bowler. He was a natural spinner of the ball," Kumble, a proud owner of 619 Test wickets said.
"In 1989, when I made my debut for Karnataka, another man, a 16-year old, was making his debut for India. Sachin has spanned three generations of cricketers starting from Kapil Dev to Shikhar Dhawan. Few players have done as much as Sachin to alter the perception of the game in our country," Kumble told a packed house that included the master blaster himself.