India news October 11, 2013

It's tough for me to see Sachin go - Yuvraj

ESPNcricinfo staff

India batsman Yuvraj Singh hopes to play alongside Sachin Tendulkar one last time, but said that he would definitely go to watch Tendulkar's 200th Test if he wasn't in the squad for the home series against West Indies. On the day Tendulkar announced his decision to retire, Yuvraj had made a comeback, making a match-winning 77 off 35 balls in the Twenty20 international against Australia in Rajkot.

Yuvraj made his ODI debut in 2000, when Tendulkar's career was already more than ten-years old, and thanked him for the guidance given throughout his career.

"I don't know if I am going to have the opportunity to play with him, but if I am not playing, I will definitely come and watch," an emotional Yuvraj said, following the game against Australia. "He never showed that he is the great Sachin Tendulkar. He was always trying to be chirpy with the youngsters, although we were a bit reluctant to go up to him. Personally, he's always guided me on and off the field about the things in my life, specially the World Cup journey, so it's been very special. It's tough for me to see him go.

"It's been amazing to play with him for so many years. He is one of the greatest players to have played the game and I don't know what to say, there are so many things to say about Sachin. Probably the best Indian cricketer to have ever played, I would say. He was an ambassador of cricket around the world. It's going to be an emotional time for the whole of India."

Calling Tendulkar a "next-to-impossible" batsman to replace, Yuvraj said he admired many facets of his team-mate's technique. "Lots of things - the way he hits the ball, the way he is always still. He is technically, I think, the best batsman I have seen in my career. And how he has been smart all these years to know what bowlers are going to bowl at him. He's always been one or two steps ahead, that's why he's been so consistent all these years."

He ended the press conference by saying, "Yuvi is back my friend." He would hope to be back in time to bat with Tendulkar, for one last time.

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  • Srini on October 18, 2013, 1:33 GMT

    For kewal, Just one question. Who does Sehwag try to copy?


  • Dummy4 on October 17, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    People have expressed their views that he was not a match winner.... i don't want to say much to them.. but i know there was a time when run use to come by just by his presence on the wicket. The performance of other batsman use to increase many folds when sachin used to be on wicket. whole team used to get bundled out in few overs once sachin is out. People says his records talk more than what he actually is, but i say opposit, his records say very less then what actually he was. Records don't show the impact he had on the opposition bowlers and indian batsmen. i dont think we will abe able to see another Sachin Tendulkar in our life time....

  • Dummy4 on October 15, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    It is not only that the game will never be the same with out him. It is more personal that that. I remember his innings the very first time I sat down to watch and enjoy cricket, went to college with friends and talked about a straight drive for hours, bunked school to watch Sachin vs Australia, waited and watched him score a century the night before my Artificial Intelligence final exam, lied to the boss that I was sick when there was a Sachin Vs Pakistan match while the boss lied back to us for the same reason, almost brokeup with a girlfriend explaining why Sachin is special, broke up with a girlfriend when she said he is not all that good, called home after landing in another country for job and at the end of the call asking a question 'by the way, wats his score?', watching Sachin highlights during the middle of the work day to relax.

    Like I said.... his retirement may be hard for him but it is more personal to us

  • Dummy4 on October 15, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    Mr. Sachin tendulkar has made enough money and fame. It is time to GO AND RELAX AND ENJOY THE MONEY HE HAS MADE. If he does not want go he will BE pushed out like RICKEY POINTING and Hyden. He should be thankful to the selectors who let him play in ODI &t 20 matches, where one has to score to runs to win the match. Sachin is no match to sehwag kjohli dhoni raina and yuvraj still on the basis of record he has place in the team I dont know why.....People says he is the best batsman in history of cricket....I. dont thinks so I think MR.SUNIL GAVASKAR is the only name which deserve this title ,Gavaskar 's most of the 100s came against best bowling of WI of that time and that also without helmet.he retired about 25 years ago but batmaker still cash his name by selling bats e.g. SUNNY GOLD AND SUNNY TUNNY. I do agree that sachin has more records but he was never a match winner in test cricket like Gavaskar and like sehwag in ODI & t20. thanks for every things.

  • naveen on October 12, 2013, 2:17 GMT

    @reluctant fan and others... It's weird how people judge someone else even when they are not 1% off of the person they are judging! Many say that he should have retired a couple (and some say may be 5 years ago) of years ago and should not have put his passion before the country. I wonder if they apply the same thing on themselves too. A Gov. employee always wish if the Gov. revise retirement age 58 to 60, 60 to 62… Why don't they think of young candidate then? Only one think to's hard to leave things behind when you are doing them for so many years!

  • Dummy4 on October 12, 2013, 0:24 GMT

    Tendulkar is one of the best sportsmen in the world.

  • Dummy4 on October 11, 2013, 23:35 GMT

    @ linguboy: Mate, if you are hinting that either selectors or Sachin didn't want to play Sachin in SA, you are wrong by miles. I agree he has struggled recently, but he is still the best option at no. 4 India has. What you are failing to understand here is that the little master has decided to hang up his boots and what better place to do at home in Mumbai in the second test. Let the best player India has ever produced and probably the best in the world ride in the setting sun peacefully.

  • Jitendra on October 11, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    I think he stayed well past his welcome. I understand his passion for the game. But it was not fair for him to put his personal passion ahead of the team/country. And of course, our selectors have never been bold enough to nudge him out.

  • Al on October 11, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    It's easy for me to see Sachin go. For the past 2 years, he has been a burden on Indian cricket. He should have retired after World Cup 2011.

  • Pradeep on October 11, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    Yuvi will cry for sure like he did when we won the world cup, he respects Sachin alllot. His feelings are quite audible here. BCCI please give them a chance to play together for one last time!!!

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