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Sun Apr 20 15:40:37 SAST 2014

Sachin's records will be broken, says Dev

TEAMtalk Media | 09 July, 2012 12:370 Comments
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Sachin Tendulkar bats during an Indian nets session at Adelaide Oval on January 22, 2012 in Adelaide, Australia
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India legend Kapil Dev has said that while batsman Sachin Tendulkar's records are formidable, they will be broken in future because no man is greater than the game of cricket.

Dev, who played 131 Tests and 225 ODIs for India over a span of 16 years, cited India great Sunil Gavaskar as an example, illustrating that while a player may be great during their era, they are rarely unbeatable in the long run.

The 53-year-old said: "When we were playing we used to think that whether the future will see any greater batsman than Sunil Gavaskar.

"But we were wrong. There have been greater players than Gavaskar. Because the game of cricket is bigger than any player.

"Sachin has played brilliantly throughout the career and has accumulated huge records but his records will also be broken one day because this is cricket.

"In our time we used to think, can anybody ever go past Sunil Gavaskar?

"But it happened, it's happening and it will happen for sure. Records are meant to be broken.

"Sachin has achieved such a big milestone, if nobody breaks it then the human race will fall behind. We are waiting for the day when somebody will come and break Sachin's record."

Dev went on to praise Tendulkar's dedication to the game and strong sense of discipline, crediting those attributes for the Little Master's long and successful career.

The former all-rounder added: "During the end of my cricket career there was a lot of hype regarding two young talents: one was Sachin Tendulkar and the other one was Vinod Kambli.

"Both of them were very talented. But now look where Sachin has reached. Kambli couldn't make it big because of his lack of discipline."

While Tendulkar has played 188 Tests and 463 ODIs, Kambli played only 17 Tests and 104 ODIs, his last Test coming before his 24th birthday.

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