Sachin retirement takes gloss off Pak series?

Pakistan players had looked forward to playing against the batting legend

Pakistan players expressed regret that Sachin Tendulkar would not be featuring in the upcoming series in India.

Tendulkar announced his retirement from the one-day format on the eve of the resumption of bilateral cricket series between the two south Asian giants.

No praise is enough for the Indian batting legend but Pakistan players seem to run out of words to describe the impact the retired great had on the sport.

Fast bowler Sohail Tanvir said he enjoyed bowling against Tendulkar because the margin of error was so slim that he could dispatch even good deliveries to the fence, according to The Nation.

"In every cricketer's life there comes a day when he decides to hang up his shoes. Words are not enough to describe his achievements for India. He deserves highest of respects in world cricket," he said.

Tanvir wished luck to Sachin and hoped he would smash many more centuries for India in Test matches.

Pakistan captain M Hafeez said the players of his country feel sad that Tendulkar will not be seen on the field in ODIs.

"To be honest we (Pakistanis) will miss him and feel really sad that he will not play anymore international ODIs for India. I admire the man for his sheer domineering character. He rattled all kinds of bowlers around the world," Hafeez said.

"Sachin is a great entertainer of cricket and wish him good luck for the future," he added.

Another Pakistan quick bowler Umar Gul said the presence of Tendulkar in the India team has immensely contributed in nurturing young cricketers such as Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina.

"I am sure Virat and Raina have learnt a lot from the maestro," he said.

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