Michael Clarke: Sachin Tendulkar’s sign of greatness is his longevity

The captain of the Australian cricket team Michael Clarke enjoys the batting of master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, but he recently said that his team would try to stop Sachin to score too many runs.

Talking to media, Clarke said, “You can have as many plans as possible for Sachin Tendulkar but he is a great player. He is the greatest I have seen and I have always loved playing against him. His sign of greatness is his longevity and consistency.”

He said, “I was walking on the treadmill and watching his 100 in the Irani Cup game. I enjoy his batting but as an Australian captain, I would like to ensure that he doesn’t score too many runs.”

At the same time, Clarke is happy that his bowlers would not bowl to Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, as they announced retirement from International cricket.

Clarke added, “It’s nice for us that a lot of greats like Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman have retired. It’s good that our bowlers don’t need to bowl to them but the new players will like to stamp their authority on the game.”

The Australian captain said, “You can have as many plans as possible for Sachin Tendulkar but he is a great player.”

When asked about MS Dhoni, as team India lost their last two Test series, against England and AUstrlaia, he said, “Neither do I look too much into past nor do I look too far ahead. I am not sure whether MS or the Indian team will be giving up too easily but my focus is on Australian team and we are ready.”

Further, when asked questioned if they have taken a cue from India’s home series against England, “Lot of our guys watched the series but we know how good a team India is. Any team having Sachin Tendulkar will be a team to beat in their own country. But I have learnt one thing about playing in sub-continent. Whether you are No 1 bowler or debutant patience and consistency will be key to success.”

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