India pacer Sreesanth on Wednesday revealed that the biggest gift of his life was to play in the Sachin Tendulkar era and along with him. Hailing Tendulkar as the ”real god of cricket”, he said that the former batting maestro had taken Indian cricket to great heights and inspired millions to take up the sport.

“The best gift ever while playing cricket was surely to be born during the Sachin era and getting a chance to play alongside him was unbelievable. He was the real god of cricket who took India to greater heights, millions started to play cricket because of him and I was no different. I only wanted to meet him and ended up playing the finals standing next to him winning the World Cup,” Sreesanth told Cricket World.

Referring to England as the best side he played against, he said, “England is surely one of the very best sides I’ve ever played against, the best being the 2005 ashes side. I’ve been fortunate to play alongside some legends and learned from them. I’ve always enjoyed my matches against England. 6/55 is still the best bowling figures by an Indian fast bowler in ODI on Indian soil.”

Sreesanth was a member of the 2007 T20 World Cup and 2011 ODI World Cup triumphs. In 27 Tests, 53 ODIs and 10 T20 Internationals for India, he picked a total of 169 wickets.