"Commit all your crimes when Sachin is batting. They will go unnoticed because even the Lord is watching."
A placard at the SCG when Sachin Tendulkar was on his way to a magnificent century
Nothing bad can happen to us if we're on a plane in India with Sachin Tendulkar on it."
Hashim Amla, the South African batsman, reassures himself as he boards a flight
"Sometimes you get so engrossed in watching batsmen like Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar that you lose focus on your job."
"To Sachin, the man we all want to be"
What Andrew Symonds wrote on an Aussie t-shirt he autographed specially for Sachin
BBC on Sachin:
"Beneath the helmet, under that unruly curly hair, inside the cranium,
there is something we don't know, something beyond scientific measure.
Something that allows him to soar, to roam a territory of sport that,
forget us, even those who are gifted enough to play alongside him cannot
even fathom. When he goes out to bat, people switch on their TV sets and
switch off their lives "
"But the finest compliment must be that bookmakers would not fix the odds -or a game - until Tendulkar was out."
"Tuzhe pata hai tune kiska catch chhoda hai?"
Wasim Akram to Abdul Razzaq when the latter dropped Sachin's catch.
Brian Charles Lara:
"Sachin is a genius. I'm a mere mortal."
"We did not lose to a team called India...we lost to a man called Sachin"
Mark Taylor, during the test match in Chennai (1998)
M. L. Jaisimha:
"The more I see of him the more confused I'm getting to which is his best knock."
"The joy he brings to the millions of his countrymen, the grace with which he handles all the adulation and the expectations and his innate humility -all make for a one-in-a-billion individual"
"I can be hundred per cent sure that Sachin will not play for a minute longer when he is not enjoying himself. He is still so eager to go out there and play. He will play as long as he feels he can play"
"I have seen God, he bats at no. 4 for India"
"I am fortunate that I've to bowl at him only in the nets!"
"Q: Who do you think as most important celebrity ?
Shahrukh: There was a big party where stars from Bollywood and cricket were
invited. Suddenly, there was a big noise, all wanted to see the approaching
Amitabh Bachhan. Then Sachin entered the hall and Amitabh was leading the
queue to get a grab of the genius!!"
Navjot Singh Sidhu:
"India me aap PrimeMinister ko ek baar katghare me khada kar sakte hain,par Sachin Tendulkar par ungli nahi utha sakte.."
"He can play that leg glance with a walking stick also."
A banner once said
"I will see God when I die,till then I will see Sachin Tendulkar"
"Sachin Tendulkar has often reminded me of a veteran army colonel who has many medals on his chest to show how he has conquered bowlers all over the world"
Allan Donald again:
"I was bowling to Sachin and he hit me for two fours in a row. One from
point and the other in between point and gully. That was the last two balls
of the over and the over after that we (SA) took a wicket and during the
group meeting i told Jonty (Rhodes) to be alert and i know a way to pin
Sachin. And i delivered the first ball of my next over and it was a fuller
length delivery outside offstump. And i shouted catch. To my astonishment
the ball was hit to the cover boundary. Such was the brilliance of
Sachin.His reflex time is the best I have ever seen. Its like 1/20th of a
sec.To get his wicket better not prepare. Atleast you wont regret if he
hits you for boundaries."
Peter Rebouck, Aussie journalist:
"On a train from Shimla to Delhi, there was a halt in one of the
stations.The train stopped by for few minutes as usual. Sachin was nearing
century, batting on 98. The passengers, railway officials, everyone on the
train waited for Sachin to complete the century.This genius can stop time
NKP Salve, former Union Minister (This was when he was accused of ball
"Sachin cannot cheat. He is to cricket what (Mahatma) Gandhiji was to
politics. It's clear discrimination. "
"There are 2 kind of batsmen in the world. One Sachin Tendulkar. Two all
"I had to remind Gary Kristen often that he was in the covers to field
against Sachin not to applaud him"
"You have to decide for yourself whether you're bowling well or not. He's
going to hit you for fours and sixes anyway."
During the Bangalore Test, frustrated, Michael Kasprowicz went to Dennis
Lillee and asked, "Mate, do you see any weaknesses?" Lillee replied, "No
Michael, as long as you walk off with your pride that's all you can do."
"Cricket is my religion, Sachin is my God"
"What do you call a critic of Sachin Tendulkar?Atheist"
"Indian defeat was God's way of saying... 'I exist'. He was threatened that
Sachin would take over"
"Sachin has been sent by God to play cricket and then go back."
"I can't dream of an innings like that. He exists where we can't."
"In an over I can bowl six different balls. But then Sachin looks at me
with a sort of gentle arrogance down the pitch as if to say 'Can you bowl
me another one?'"
"What we (Zimbabwe) need is 10 Tendulkars."
"If I've to bowl to Sachin, I'll bowl with my helmet on. He hits the ball
Sir Donald Bradman:
"I saw him playing on television and was struck by his technique, so I asked my wife to come look at him. Now I never saw myself play, but I feel that this player is playing much the same as I used to play, and she looked at him on Television and said yes, there is a similarity between the two...his compactness, technique, stroke production... it all seemed to gel !"
"In terms of technique and compactness, Tendulkar is the best."
Sir Viv Richards:
"I think he is marvellous. I think he will fit in whatever category of
Cricket that has been played or will be played, from the first ball that
has ever been bowled to the last ball that’s going to be. He can play in
any era and at any level. I would say he’s 99.5% perfect."
"The more I see him, the more I want to see him."
"We won with ten, but lost to one"
"For every ball Sachin has two shots in his mind. And he gets out when he
plays the third one".
"People say they saw Christ walk water..People say they saw Gandhiji win us
freedom..People say they walked alongside Buddha 'The Enlightened One'. I
will always say ~~ I SAW SACHIN BAT ~~"
"He is a perfectly ablanced batsman and knows perfely well when to attack
and when to play defensive cricket.He has developed the ability to treat
bowlers all over the world with contempt and can destroy any attack with
"The pressure on me is nothing compared to Sachin Tendulkar.Sachin,like
God,must never fail.The crowd always expects him to succeed and it is too
much pressure on him.But,he rarely disappoints them"
"You might pitch a ball on the off stump and think you have bowled a good
ball and he walks across and hits it for two behind midwicket.His bat looks
so heavy but he just waves it around like it's a toothpick"
"Don't sledge Sachin,rather befriend him"
"Don't bowl him bad balls, he hits the good ones for fours."
"Cricketers like Sachin come once in a lifetime, and I am privileged he
played in my time."
"When Tendulkar goes out to bat, it is beyond chaos - it's a frantic appeal
by a nation to one man."
"You have to watch India in India truly to appreciate the pressure that
Sachin Tendulkar is under every time he bats. Outside grounds, people wait
until he goes in before paying to enter. They seem to want a wicket to fall
even though it is their own side that will suffer"
"Technically, you can't fault Sachin. Seam or spin, fast or slow nothing is