Sachin Tendulkar has played against many captains over the years and now he's finally said which one was the best rival captain he faced during his 2-decade long career.
The Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar has rated former English Captain, Nasser Hussain, as the best rival captain to have played against him in his 24-year long cricketing saga. Nasser Hussain was born in Chennai and represented England in 96 Test matches and 88 One-day internationals starting in 1989 until retiring from the game in 2004.
He captained the English side in 45 Test matches which included 17 victories. He was the captain of English side from 1999 to 2003. Nasser even finds mention in Tendulkar’s autobiography, ”Among the captains I have played against, I consider Nasser Hussain as the best. He was an excellent strategist, proactive and a very good thinker of the game.”
“Nasser had the great anticipation ability and had a great judgment of the batsman’s mind which enabled him to make a lasting difference for his team”.
Tendulkar also has respect for the former Australian Captain, Michael Clarke. He even adjudged Clarke to be better than fellow Australians – Ricky Ponting, Steve Waugh, and Mark Taylor. Tendulkar feels that three former captains were in charge of a great team while that was not the case with Clarke.
The 2015 World Cup winning captain of Australia had to build a team after the retirement of some the great cricketers the game has seen. Michael Clarke represented Australia in 115 tests and captained the team in 47 test matches which included 24 wins.
Tendulkar also has admiration for former South African Captain, Graeme Smith. According to Tendulkar, Smith did a great job while captaining South Africa.
”To be handed over the captaincy at a tender age of 22 in some of the most troubling times for South African cricket, Smith did a commendable job to take South Africa to the no.1 spot in the ICC test rankings” .
Tendulkar, himself, was made the captain of the Indian team twice, but his experience as a captain is not successfully pleasant. Tendulkar played 200 Tests and 463 ODIs for India starting from 1989 until retiring in 2013. He amassed a record 34357 international runs along with 100 centuries.