English pacer James Anderson paid a glowing tribute to batting ace Sachin Tendulkar, saying that he was delighted to have dismissed the master nine times, more than any other bowler.
“Sachin’s wicket was always a huge thing for the team and had such an effect not only on us but on India as well, so getting him out as many times as I have (nine in Tests) is something I will treasure for the rest of my days”, he wrote in his column for the Daily Mail.
The 31-year old recalled the century that Tendulkar made against England in Chennai in 2008, following the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai.
“First, he dedicated the innings and India’s win to the people of his home city then he thanked us publicly for being there”, Anderson wrote underlining Sachin’s status as one of the game’s biggest greats.
“Sachin realised it was a big call for us to go back to India as, from the outside, there were concerns about safety and security. He understood it would have been easier for us to say No. But he gave us a lot of respect for doing what we did and the feeling was mutual”, he wrote.