Former South African seamer Shaun Pollock has picked the best batsman of his generation, and it is none other than Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar.
During the 90s and early 2000s, the two veterans of the game frequently met whenever India faced off against South Africa.
The duel between the two was one of the most eagerly anticipated events during the fixture as the two always tried to trump past each other.
While Pollock tried to deceive Sachin with his nagging line and lengths outside the off-stump, the latter attempted to counter-attack through his array of strokes.
The two also shared the same dressing room at the Mumbai Indians during the initial years of the tournament.
Later, Pollock picked up a mentorship role in the team while Tendulkar played for his beloved franchise.
“It was how well he understood his game and how he would adjust. He talked to me once about going to Australia and understanding he couldn’t take on the short-pitched deliveries anymore so he would ramp the ball over the wicketkeeper and slip,” Pollock told Sky Sports.
“There were times, especially in the subcontinent, where you thought, ‘I’m not sure we can knock this guy over. We were hoping he would make a mistake, rather than had a genuine plan’,” continued Pollock.
Well, Pollock has had the better of Tendulkar 13 times in international cricket his most against any batsman.
Despite hanging up his boots six years ago, Sachin is still miles ahead of the rest in the tally of most international runs and centuries.
Tendulkar has accumulated a monumental tally of 15921 Test and 18426 ODI runs in his glorious 24-year long career.