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Dravid salutes Sachin

New Delhi: Rahul Dravid feels that Sachin Tendulkar “defied imagination.” Calling the legend the greatest player he has played with, the former India captain said Sachin changed the landscape of Indian cricket.

“A legend. The greatest player that I’ve played with as a batsman. Sachin’s been a huge inspiration. To see a 16-year old boy do what he did was unbelievable. It defied imagination and was a huge inspiration for me. I felt like if he could do it, then I should also try to be a Test cricketer,” Dravid said.

“He’s changed the landscape, both on and off the field, for Indian cricket over the last two decades. It’s almost mindboggling. A whole generation has grown up with Sachin. They’ve seen his ups and downs and lived their lives and dreams through his feats. So many people in India want to be a cricketer,” Dravid said while speaking on a programme of a cricket specific website.

Sachin produced a fairytale run in the 2003 World Cup, which, in his own words, included the biggest match of his career, without facing a single ball in the nets, Dravid added.

No cricketer ever has scored more runs than the 673 recorded then by the Indian legend, in a single edition of a World Cup. The highlight was the 98-run knock that saw him take on the likes of Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Shoaib Akhtar with aplomb.

“It (his preparation) changes from time to time. In the 2003 World Cup, Sachin didn’t face a single ball in the nets, right through the tournament. He only got throw-downs. He just received hundreds of throw-downs through the whole tournament,” he said.