What they said...

It has left such a big hole to fill in the Indian Test batting line-up. It wouldn’t be easy to replace him.  It is hard to imagine any player in the history of the game who combines classical technique with raw aggression like the little champion does. There is not a single shot he cannot play.

Sunil Gavaskar, Former Indian captain

I was lucky to captain him during his debut tour. He came across as a calm and a composed person. The way he handled himself as a 16-year-old was amazing.
Krishnamachari Srikkanth, Tendulkar’s first international captain.

India earned the respect after 2000 because of the way he played overseas against Australia, England, Pakistan and other places around the world. He was instrumental in that. For me that is the biggest contribution.
Sourav Ganguly, Former India skipper
 
“I think it’s a bad day for Indian cricket, world cricket as well. We won’t see Sachin any more in the playing kit. Definitely, we always wanted to have Sachin’s wicket. Every opposition looks forward to getting him out. Most of the times, he had won the battle.
Muttiah Muralitharan, Former Sri-Lanka off-spinner.

I don’t think anyone can overtake his records and the phenomenal number of runs he has scored. He was also so humble and never responded to criticism, choosing to let his bat do the talking.”
Ajit Wadekar, former India captain

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