I can imagine cricket without Sachin but not Sachin without cricket : Anjali Tendulkar

On Sachin’s Retirement we bring to you some of the famous quotes on Sachin Tendulkar

1. “Sachin Tendulkar has carried the burden of the nation for 21 years. It is time we carried him on our shoulders” – Virat Kohli after India won the 2011 World Cup

2. “I have seen God, he bats at no. 4 for India” – Matthew Hayden

3. 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 felt that this player is playing with a style similar to mine, 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! – Sir Donald Bradman

4. “I am fortunate that I’ve to bowl at him only in the nets!” – Anil Kumble

5. “We did not lose to a team called India. We lost to a man called Sachin” – Mark Taylor, during the test match in Chennai (1997)

6. “India me aap Prime Minister ko ek baar katghare me khada kar sakte hain. Par Sachin Tendulkar par ungli nahi utha Sakte.” – Navjot Singh Sidhu

7. Harder he works, the luckier he gets – Ian Chappell

8. I’ll be going to bed having nightmares of Sachin just running down the wicket and belting me back over the head for six. He was unstoppable. I don’t think anyone, apart from Don Bradman, is in the same class as Sachin Tendulkar. He is just an amazing player – Shane Warne

9. 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 – Viv Richards on Sachin Tendulkar

10. 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 television sets and switch off their lives – BBC Sports, on Sachin Tendulkar

11. Twenty20 cricket is the dessert and you can’t survive on that. Who wants to eat only desserts? – Sachin Tendulkar on T20 cricket

12. He is a perfectly balanced batsman and knows perfectly 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 utmost ease – Greg Chappell

13. He has defined cricket in his fabulous, impeccable manner. He is to batting what Shane Warne is to bowling – Richie Benaud

14. India’s fortune will depend on how many runs the little champion scores. There is no doubt Tendulkar is the real thing – Sunil Gavaskar

15. “There are 2 kind of batsmen in the world. One Sachin Tendulkar. Two all the others” – Andy Flower

16. “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

17. “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 in India!” – Peter Roebuck

18. If I’ve to bowl to Sachin, I’ll bowl with my helmet on. He hits the ball so hard – Dennis Lillee

19. Sachin is a genius. I’m a mere mortal – Brian Lara

20. When you bowl at him you are not just trying to get him out, you are trying to impress him. “I want him to walk off thinking ‘that Flintoff, he’s all right isn’t he? I feel privileged to have played against him – Andrew Flintoff

21. Don’t bowl bad balls he hits the good ones for fours – Michael Kasprowicz

22. Why did you get out to such a silly shot? – Anjali Tendulkar wasn’t very happy with her husband’s shot selection

23. What we need is 10 Tendulkars – Paul Strang

24. Today, he showed the world why he is considered the best batsman around. Some of the shots he played were simply amazing. Earlier, opposing teams used to feel that Sachin’s dismissal meant they could win the game. Today, I feel that the Indian players, too, feel this way – Wasim Akram

25. 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. – Brett Lee

26. I was fielding in the covers when Tendulkar came out to bat in his debut Test at Karachi. I still remember Waqar Younis was in peak form at that time. Tendulkar tried to drive Waqar through the covers off his very first ball in Test cricket but was beaten all ends up. But I walked to captain Imran Khan and told him ‘this kid looks very good’ and Imran agreed with me – Abdul Qadir

27. He has been in form longer than some of our guys have been alive – Daniel Vettori

28. I have joked before that there is a good chance that I might retire before Tendulkar – Mahendra Singh Dhoni

29. Commit all your crimes when Sachin is batting. They will go unnoticed because even the Lord is watching – From a fan at the SCG

30. To me he will not just be remembered as a great player and a lovely human being, but as somebody who tried to learn Bengali for the last 14 years but never managed to do so! – Sourav Ganguly

31. Nothing bad can happen to us if we’re on a plane in India with Sachin Tendulkar on it – Hashim Amla

32. Sachin was so focused. He never looked like getting out. He was batting with single-minded devotion. It was truly remarkable. It was a lesson – Martina Navratilova

33. Technically, you can’t fault Sachin. Seam or spin, fast or slow nothing is a problem – Geoffrey Boycott

34. I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing us to breathe the same air as you do – Shahrukh Khan

35. The archives recall not one single incriminating incident, not one drunken escapade, not one reported affair, not one spat with a team-mate or reporter … As Matthew Parris wondered of Barack Obama in these pages recently, is he human? – Michael Atherton

36. With Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara, it was better to be friends and make them smile rather than wind them up – Shane Warne

37. The thing I admire most about this man is his poise. The way he moves, elegantly without ever looking out of place in any condition or company, suggests his pedigree – Bishan Singh Bedi

38. Playing in the same team as Sachin is a huge honour. His balance of mind, shrewd judgment, modesty and, above all, his technical brilliance make him my all-time hero. You can’t get a more complete cricketer than Sachin. He has everything that a cricketer needs to have – Rahul Dravid

39. The thing I like the most about Sachin is his intensity. After being in the game for so long, he still has the same desire to do well for India in any international match. I tell you what, this man is a legend. – Sourav Ganguly

40. Test cricket is bloody hard work, especially when you’ve got Sachin batting with what looks like a three-metre-wide bat – Michael Hussey

41. You can never say that he is out of form. He is a volcano waiting to explode and we hope he doesn’t do that against us in the one-dayers – Daryl Tuffey

42. I think you are at the wrong press conference – Sachin Tendulkar when asked about retirement

43. Sachin is cricket’s God – Barry Richards

44. We have started calling him grandfather – Yuvraj Singh

45. Hansie Cronje. Honestly. I got out to Hansie more than anyone. I never knew what to do with him – Sachin Tendulkar on the bowler who troubled him the most

46. I am glad it does not breathe – Sachin Tendulkar on his wax statue at Madame Tussauds

47. The more I see of him the more confused I’m getting to which is his best knock – ML Jaisimha

48. I’ll see god when I die but till then I’ll see Sachin – From a fan in Sharjah

49. He can play that leg glance with a walking stick also – Waqar Younis

50. 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?’ – Adam Hollioake

51. I have delayed my shoots many times to watch Sachin bat – Amitabh Bachchan

52. What I admire about Sachin is his humility, respect for elders and the passion for the game that he has retained even after so many years and after achieving so much in cricket. He has not changed at all – Dilip Vengsarkar

53. 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 – Glenn McGrath

54. I had to remind Gary Kristen often that he was in the covers to field against Sachin not to applaud him- Hansie Cronje

55. I never coached Sachin Tendulkar, I gave him gentle advice when he asked for it – John Wright

56. His humbleness and simplicity has helped him to achieve what others could not. His dedication is one of the main reasons for his achievements and he is role model to up and coming youngsters. In India, every youngster who is in to school or college cricket wants to become a Sachin – Krishnamachari Srikkanth

57. He continues to give more than 100 per cent and his schoolboy-like enthusiasm for the game is something I envy and admire. For the team he is the best available coaching manual – Mahendra Singh Dhoni

58. 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 – Mark Waugh

59. I never get tired when Sachin is at the crease – Umpire Rudi Koertzen

60. We have had champions, we have had legends, but we have never had another Sachin Tendulkar and we never will – Time Magazine

61. I dont know what to bowl at him. I bowled an inswinger and he drove me through covers of the front foot. Then I bowled an outswinger and he again punched through covers of the backfoot. He is the toughest batsmen I’ve bowled to. He shold live long and score lots of runs, but not against Pakistan – Wasim Akram

62. In terms of technique and compactness, Sachin Tendulkar is the best – Desmond Haynes

63. Technically he stands out as the best because of his ability to increase the pace at will – David Boon

64. If you try to hit a six I will hit you on the bum – Sachin Tendulkar warns Virender Sehwag to slow down in Multan

65. I couldn’t sleep all this time. I am numb. The images keep playing in my head. This was just not an attack on Mumbai, it is an attack on India – Sachin Tendulkar was clearly disturbed by the 26/11 attack on Mumbai

66. Success is a process. During that journey sometimes there are stones thrown at you, and you convert them into milestones – Sachin Tendulkar

67. Sachin Tendulkar is, in my time, the best player without doubt – daylight second, Brian Lara third – Shane Warne

68. He is Sachin Tendulkar. I hope he stays Sachin Tendulkar. We need a new player, a player in his own way. He has a technique which is the hallmark of a great player. Everything indicates that he will be a great player and I am sure he will prove me right. Reminds me of Barry Richards – Eddie Barlow

69. I have watched a lot of Tendulkar and we have spoken to each other a lot. He has it in him to be among the very best – Sir Garfield Sobers

70. Sachin is the greatest player I have seen. I consider it an honour to have rubbed shoulders with him- Brian Lara

71. Sachin Tendulkar is already a ‘Bharat Ratna’ for Indian people because of his phenomenal success and the manner in which he has served Indian cricket for years – Rahul Dravid when asked if Sachin Tendulkar will be given the Bharat Ratna

72. It’s a great pleasure and honour. I cannot say it’s even a dream come true. It was wishful thinking and it has come true – Group Captain Sachin Tendulkar

73. I don’t open the newspapers (to see what’s written about me). I don’t read them and you can see them hanging at the stand outside my hotel room. I focus on my game only. Last 21 years have been really special for me and I throughly enjoyed my joyful journey – Sachin Tendulkar in 2010

74. For me it is a matter of pride that I have been born in the age in the which Tendulkar is playing – Sania Mirza

75. Sachin treats me like his mother and I always pray for her like a mother. I can never forget the day when he called me ‘aai’ (mother) for the first time. I had never imagined that. It was pleasant surprise for me and I feel blessed to have a son like him – Lata Mangeshkar

76. Very sorry to disappoint you, guys. It was not for my girlfriend but for Sachin Tendulkar – Yuvraj Singh after India won the 2011 World Cup

77. Couldn’t have asked for more. This is ultimate. It is the proudest moment of my life – Sachin Tendulkar after India won the 2011 World Cup

78. Sachin is the Kohinoor diamond of the game of cricket. This cricketer has unmatched talent and you can’t find another Tendulkar ever – Ajit Wadekar

79. I don’t think any batsman can be better than Tendulkar, not even Bradman. Sachin has succeeded in all the three forms of cricket – Test, one-dayer and Twenty20 – Ajit Wadekar

80. Sachin Tendulkar, the Little Master, is so talented that wherever you’re from, you can’t help but admire him as he hits another century – UK Prime Minister David Cameron

81. Sachin Tendulkar is a guy you don’t want to chat to period, because he will knuckle down – Brett Lee tells you why one must never sledge Sachin Tendulkar

82. It is an amazing achievement to play for the country for over two decades and still continue to be the team’s anchor. Sachin makes all of us so very proud – India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

83. He must be the most singlehanded devotee cricket has ever seen. Cricket has taken up so much of his life that at times you would wonder what is he going to do once he gives up the game – Greg Chappell

84. Sachin is the greatest role model I’ve ever met – Gary Kirsten

85. It will be bad if I don’t share this with Rayudu – Sachin Tendulkar before giving his cash award to Ambati Rayudu

86. I am a Maharashtrian and I am extremely proud of that. But I am an Indian first. And Mumbai belongs to all Indians – Sachin Tendulkar

87. He has reached the pinnacle of his cricketing career and I am sure his hunger for runs is still there. He has been achieving milestones, one after another, and it is beyond any cricketer’s calibre to match Sachin’s feat – Syed Kirmani

88. When we used to play, we thought no one can break Sunil Gavaskar’s record. No one could think about 50 Test centuries at that time. This is certainly a big knock under the circumstances, better than the 200s and 300s – Kapil Dev after Sachin Tendulkar scored his 50th Test hundred

89. Well, it’s such a record that you can only compare it with Bob Beamon’s long-jump world record set in the 1968 Olympics in Mexico. At that time it seemed that it would never be broken. Tendulkar’s 50 Test centuries is one such records which doesn’t look like being surpassed – Sunil Gavaskar after Sachin Tendulkar scored his 50th Test hundred

90. Every run that comes off Sachin’s blade is a record. He has shown the world how to perform under pressure – Sharad Pawar congratulates Sachin Tendulkar on scoring his 50th Test ton

91. Tendulkar can now rightly lay claim to the title of being the greatest batsman in cricket history. And if some people argue about his greatness then there are certainly no arguments about his being the most prolific, he is a complete run machine and his 50th Test hundred is a testimony of his endurance and passion for the sport – Rashid Latif

92. It was clear to us even when he walked out to bat in that Test as a teenager that he had talent. The fact that he has been around for 21 years and done justice to that god gifted talent in both forms of the game is an achievement any cricketer would be proud off. It will be difficult for anyone to break his record – Javed Miandad after Tendulkar scored his 50th Test ton

93. I think it is just the way he has changed the game overall and his own game because there are so many situations he has faced. He is now competing mostly against himself, like most great cricketers do. I think he has mastered all of them. The only challenge he has is to beat himself every time he walks out there because he has done almost everything – Kumar Sangakkara

94. This was expected. This is one of the finest achievements in cricket history. It is a fantastic performance by Sachin. Records do not matter to him. He will keep playing and records will follow him – Chandu Borde after Sachin completed his 50th Test ton

95. Putting Sachin Tendulkar’s latest feat in a strictly cricketing context would not be fair to the sportsman. His achievements in the world of cricket need to be seen on a par with efforts in any other field – science, art, literature, etc – to push the frontiers of human excellence – Pakistan daily ‘Dawn’

96. Tendulkar is a world class player and a great ambassador for the game. As a youngster I watched the games and that’s where all my dreams started. You watch Tendulkar on TV and you think that I want to be like that one day – Graeme Smith

97. We had gone to see the movie Roja. I was studying medicine then and a couple of my friends planned. Sachin did try telling me that it would be difficult but I insisted that he come along. To make sure nobody recognised him we even got him a beard. He wore specs as well and we went in late. We watched the first half of the film. But during the interval, Sachin dropped his specs and people immediately recognised him. It was a bit of disaster and we were forced to leave halfway – Anjali Tendulkar couldn’t watch the second half of the movie with her better half

98. Actually, I have one particular spot in the house from where I can watch TV and also keep an eye on my Ganpati (Ganesha). I don’t eat. I don’t answer phones. I don’t drink. I don’t even move. I don’t reply to any sms until he’s out – Anjali Tendulkar’s routine when her husband is at the batting crease.

99. Maybe they all think it’s my last tour – Sachin Tendulkar whenever he gets a standing ovation

100.I don’t know cricket..i don’t know how Sachin plays..But i still try to watch him playing…B’coz i want to know the reason why my country’s economy goes 0.5% down when he is batting.. – Barack Obama tweet about Sachin


When you mention basketball, you mention Michael Jordan; and when you talk cricket, you talk about Sachin Tendulkar.

— Brian Lara

There was a battle of nerves between Sachin and Chappell.

— Sourav Ganguly said Sachin Tendulkar stood by him during his dispute with Greg Chappell.



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