<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara equally good, says Steve Waugh" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130801224331.jpg" title="Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara equally good, says Steve Waugh" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Earlier, Ricky Ponting had rated Brian Lara ahead of Sachin Tendulkar (above) in terms of greatness © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Bangalore: Aug 1, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> Former Australian captain <a href="/tags/Steve-Waugh/post" target="_blank">Steve Waugh</a> on Thursday rated <a href="/tags/Brian-Lara/post" target="_blank">Brian Lara</a> and <a href="/tags/Sachin-Tendulkar/post" target="_blank">Sachin Tendulkar</a> as "equals" because they played in different conditions and under different sort of pressures.<br /> <br /> "I hate comparisons between players because it unnecessarily creates controversy. Both played under different pressure and for different teams. I would place them pretty much on equal terms," Waugh told reporters during an interaction organised by Brigade Orchards.<br /> <br /> Lara and Tendulkar were unbelievable players, who won games for their teams, playing under different conditions, Waugh said.<br /> <br /> "Sachin was carrying on his shoulders amazing pressure of 1.3 billion people. Brian obviously was the best player in a weak team," he added.<br /> <br /> Another former Australian captain, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/Brian-Lara-has-won-more-games-for-team-than-Sachin-Tendulkar-feels-Ricky-Ponting/29024" target="_blank">Ricky Ponting had rated Lara ahead of Sachin</a> as he felt the West Indian helped his team win more matches.<br /> <br /> On Tendulkar's retirement, Waugh said all good players ultimately have to hang their boots.<br /> <br /> Despite the retirements of legends like <a href="/tags/Rahul-Dravid/post" target="_blank">Rahul Dravid</a> and <a href="/tags/VVS-Laxman/post" target="_blank">VVS Laxman</a>, Waugh said Indian cricket will survive as it has abundance of young talents.<br /> <br /> On Mahendra Singh Dhoni's captaincy, Waugh said he has a magical touch and hardly commits mistakes.<br /> <br /> "During Australia's tour of India last year, Dhoni came in and scored a double century when India's chips were down.<br /> <br /> He knows how to perform at the big stage. He has got so much of magical touch," Waugh said.<br /> <br /> "It is not easy to captain India where fans expect a lot from the players," he said.<br /> <br /> On Australia's chances here in October, Waugh said India is a fantastic team.<br /> <br /> "India has always been a favourites at home. At the moment we are struggling a little bit," he said.<br /> <br /> About Australia's opposition to DRS for many decisions going against them in the ongoing Ashes series, Waugh said the system is pretty good.<br /> <br /> "We are getting more decisions right than wrong and I think it is a positive development," he said.