• Adam Gilchrist might have called Sachin Tendulkar a "bad sport" but for former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga the Indian batting maestro is one of the best well behaved cricketers he had played with.

    Adam Gilchrist might have called Sachin Tendulkar a "bad sport" but for former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga the Indian batting maestro is one of the best well behaved cricketers he had played with.

    "He (Tendulkar) was one of the nicest guys I played cricket with ... The thing I admired of him was the commitment for the game. I am very glad that he has left behind (the issue)," Ranatunga told PTI.

    "I have not seen anyone who is so committed to cricket. Actually I learnt a lot from him. I was not committed enough for my batting. The result shows. I think he (Tendulkar) is a role model for any young cricketer," Ranatunga said.

    Ranatunga, now the Chairman of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), said Tendulkar deserved to become Test cricket's highest run-getter surpassing West Indian great Brian

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  • "I don't know how to describe my journey. It's been fantastic so far. I enjoyed it. There have been ups and downs and I have been able to overcome those obstacles," said Sachin Tendulkar, after he broke Brian Lara's world record of most Test runs.

    Towards the end of his press conference, Sachin Tendulkar was asked how the team was planning to celebrate Anil Kumble's 38th birthday. "There's a cake in the dressing room, and I'm pretty sure he'll get to eat quite a bit of it. Some from his mouth, the rest through his ears and his nose," he said, eyes crinkled, giggle suppressed, looking and sounding much younger than his actual age of 35.

    Excerpts from the interaction:

    On breaking the record

     

    I don't know how to describe my journey. It's been fantastic so far. I enjoyed it. There have been ups and downs and I have been able to overcome those obstacles. Success is a process and during that journey, sometimes there are stones at you and you convert them into milestones.

    On missing out

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  • You don't want the top five players going at the same time. It happened with us in the early 90s, when we lost Viv Richards, Gordon Greenidge and Malcolm Marshall, and I don't want this to happen to Indian cricket, says Brian Lara in an interview to The Indian Express.

    With Sachin Tendulkar just 77 runs short of taking over from him as the highest scorer in Test cricket, former West Indies captain Brian Lara, in the city en route to Australia, wished his "good friend" luck, and hoped that he would get there in the first Test itself. With all the talk in India revolving around seniors and retirement plans, Lara, who will not be playing in the ICL this season, said it was important that the phasing out was gradual. Excerpts from an interview:

    On Sourav Ganguly's retirement

     

    I think any sportsman would like to go out on his terms. Sourav is a great servant of Indian cricket and has proved to be a great leader, especially away from home. I remember the series against Australia (2003)

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