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Mushtaq: Sachin is the greatest

Mushtaq Mohammed and Bishan Singh Bedi, captains in the first revival series, in 1978-79, at the Eden

Calcutta: Former Pakistan captain Mushtaq Mohammed, who has been based in Birmingham for decades, spoke to The Telegraph, exclusively on Sachin Tendulkar.

Mushtaq did so at the Eden on Thursday afternoon.

The following are excerpts

“Believe me, Khuda gawah hai... Whenever Sachin goes out to bat, I pray that he gets big runs... Honestly... I thank God that I’m still alive to see this great player...

“Sachin, I believe, should go back to playing domestic cricket for a while... He should spend time at the crease and make a strong return internationally...

“I really can’t see anybody who is good enough to replace him...

“For me, Sachin’s the best and I’ve seen some greats... (Sir) Garry Sobers, my brother Hanif, Rohan Kanhai, Sunil Gavaskar, (Sir) Vivian Richards... But he’s the greatest...

“I can understand why Sachin’s quit ODIs and T20 Internationals... Both are very demanding formats and he’s nearing 40... He can play Test cricket at the pace he wants...

“Well, it’s up to Sachin alone to decide when he’ll leave the game altogether.”

Meanwhile, the day saw three memebers of the Pakistan XI which played in the 1960-61 Test here — Imtiaz Ahmed, Intikhab Alam and Mushtaq — reminisce about the drawn match.

Imtiaz and Intikhab also captained Pakistan.