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Sachin greatest batsman of all time: Abbas

By The Assam Tribune

KARACHI, Nov 8 (Agencies): Pakistan�s famous Test batsman Zaheer Abbas rates Sachin Tendulkar higher than Don Bradman and believes that the Indian master is the greatest batsman of all time.

�People keep calling him the greatest,� said Zaheer referring to Bradman, the Aussie legend. �I never saw him (Bradman) bat but I know, somehow, that he couldn�t have been better than Tendulkar. This boy has certainly gone a step ahead of the Don,� Zaheer told The News in an interview on Sunday. �Tendulkar is so good and so lucky to be born at just the right time. It�s a great combination.�

Zaheer believes that Pakistan�s erratic batsmen should learn a thing or two from Tendulkar. �Just look at that guy; I mean he has been playing for 21 years, has scored thousands of runs, dozens of centuries but is still as hungry for more as a debutant. It�s such an inspiring sight to see him go out there and still bat like he batted as a teenager. Our batsmen should learn from him,� he said.

Many critics fear that Pakistan�s batting is a lost cause. They believe there are too many technical faults and temperament-related problems.

But Zaheer doesn�t buy it.

�It�s actually much simpler,� he added. �It�s about taking responsibility. They have to take responsibility. They have to stay on the wicket. That�s the key and if they feel responsible they will learn how to do that. They will stop going for shortcuts.� Like his compatriots, Zaheer is troubled by the non-stop slump in Pakistan cricket.

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Sachin greatest batsman of all time: Abbas

KARACHI, Nov 8 (Agencies): Pakistan�s famous Test batsman Zaheer Abbas rates Sachin Tendulkar higher than Don Bradman and believes that the Indian master is the greatest batsman of all time.

�People keep calling him the greatest,� said Zaheer referring to Bradman, the Aussie legend. �I never saw him (Bradman) bat but I know, somehow, that he couldn�t have been better than Tendulkar. This boy has certainly gone a step ahead of the Don,� Zaheer told The News in an interview on Sunday. �Tendulkar is so good and so lucky to be born at just the right time. It�s a great combination.�

Zaheer believes that Pakistan�s erratic batsmen should learn a thing or two from Tendulkar. �Just look at that guy; I mean he has been playing for 21 years, has scored thousands of runs, dozens of centuries but is still as hungry for more as a debutant. It�s such an inspiring sight to see him go out there and still bat like he batted as a teenager. Our batsmen should learn from him,� he said.

Many critics fear that Pakistan�s batting is a lost cause. They believe there are too many technical faults and temperament-related problems.

But Zaheer doesn�t buy it.

�It�s actually much simpler,� he added. �It�s about taking responsibility. They have to take responsibility. They have to stay on the wicket. That�s the key and if they feel responsible they will learn how to do that. They will stop going for shortcuts.� Like his compatriots, Zaheer is troubled by the non-stop slump in Pakistan cricket.