Rashid Latif greets Sachin Tendulkar and says that playing 200 Tests is a unique feat
LAHORE: ex Pakistan wicket bearer Latif Rashid heaped praise on the legendary Sachin Tendulkar during an online video chat. Speaking about Tendulkar's passion for the game, Latif stated that he was a one-of-a-kind cricket player who made hitting seem really easy.
The 'Master Blaster' is the only cricket player to play 200 games in the longest format and is also the one who runs the most in both ODI and Testing. He is also the only hitter to score a century of tons: 51 in testing and 49 in ODI.
Present in 200 Tests, it cannot be the task of a mortal ... (he has played) more than 400 ODI. There have been a lot of players in the past, but Tendulkar's character is somewhat different, Latif said in a video uploaded to Trapped behind the YouTube channel.
You will not find his name in any controversy, either with team management or with youth. Whether it's a logbook or any XI, Tendulkar's name will always be there.
The difference between Tendulkar and others is that he is passionate about the game. There are not many people who give their lives to the game and its team, he added.
Latif also shared his experience of playing against Tendulkar during blockbuster India- Pakistan clashes of the past. Latif also conceded that despite Tendulkar playing for his team's arch-rivals, he loved to see him bat from behind the stumps.
My heart didn't want it to come out when it used to stay. Yes it was Brian Lara , Ricky ponting or Jacques Kallis , I always wanted to get them out while I stayed, Latif said.
"Tendulkar's behaviour was unique. Even if I said something from behind, he never would respond or say something back, he just kept laughing."