Former Australian captain Michael Clarke believes legendary India batsman Sachin Tendulkar was the hardest batsman to be dismissed and didn’t really have any technical weakness. While professing his admiration for the Master Blaster, Clarke also compared current India skipper Virat Kohli with Tendulkar. The Australian feels Kohli’s fetish for big hundreds is similar to Tendulkar, who is the highest run-getter in ODIs and Test cricket. Also Read - Cricket: Rahul Dravid Predicts 3-2 Scoreline in Team India's 'Best Chance' to Win in England
The 39-year-old Clarke said he can’t recall a batsman as complete as Tendulkar during his playing days. “Probably technically the best batsman (Tendulkar) I ever saw. The hardest batsman to get out. I think Sachin, technically, didn’t have a weakness. Part of you hoped that he made a mistake,” Clarke told the ‘Big sports Breakfast’ radio show. Also Read - Chinese Scientists Discussed Weaponising Coronavirus Five Years Before Pandemic: Report
He then went on heap praise on Kohli, calling him the best batsman across all formats among the current lot. Also Read - Amitabh Bachchan Contributes Rs 2 Crore Towards Covid-19 Care Facility in The Capital
“I think right now the best batsman across all three formats. His one day and twenty-twenty records are phenomenal and he’s also found a way to dominate Test cricket.
“What Kohli and Tendulkar have in common is they love making big hundreds,” he said.
Tendulkar is the only cricketer to have played 200 Test matches and scored 100 international centuries.
He smashed 51 centuries in Tests and 49 in ODIs and holds the record for most runs in both formats 15,921 runs in 200 Tests and 18,426 in 463 ODIs.
Tendulkar retired in 2013 after an emotional home Test series against the West Indies.
Clarke scored 8643 runs in 115 Test matches and 28 hundreds to his name. In ODIs, he managed 7981 runs in 245 matches. Clarke also led Australia to the 2015 World Cup title.