<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Sachin Tendulkar is equal to Maradona and Pele put together, says Allan Donald" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130310123334.jpg" title="Sachin Tendulkar is equal to Maradona and Pele put together, says Allan Donald" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Allan Donald says Sachin Tendulkar (above) is the first name that comes to mind when one talks about the greatest cricketer © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>New Delhi: Mar 10, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> South African pace legend<a href="/tags/Allan-Donald/post" target="_blank"> Allan Donald</a> feels cricket would be a poorer sport once <a href="/tags/Sachin-Tendulkar/post" target="_blank">Sachin Tendulkar</a> retires from the scene as the Indian veteran is "Maradona and Pele put together" for the game.<br /> <br /> "Sachin Tendulkar's charm goes beyond the field. For cricket he is Maradona and Pele put together, it is as simple as that. Cricket will be a poorer sport when he quits the game. He has been unbelievably special," the 46-year-old South African has written in the upcoming book 'Sachin -- Cricketer of the Century', authored by Vimal Kumar and set to hit the stands later this month.<br /> <br /> Donald said whenever he is asked about the greatest in the game, the first name that comes to his mind is Tendulkar.<br /> <br /> "Tendulkar's is the first name that comes to mind the moment you ask who is the greatest," he said.<br /> <br /> "In 1985, my granddad introduced Sachin to me through the Wisden Cricketer magazine. When he played for Yorkshire in county cricket, I saw him for the first time. He is the No. 1 player. I keep saying that and I don't think I will ever change my mind," he added.<br /> <br /> Known for his hostile pace and 'White lightening', Donald has a word of advice for international bowlers on how to prepare for the senior batsman.<br /> <br /> "You don't analyse Sachin two days before a Test. We always planned months in advance. We knew how highly Indian teams depended on him.<br /> <br /> "History will show you that right-arm express pace bowlers have been successful against him. I spoke to <a href="/tags/Curtly-Ambrose/post" target="_blank">Curtly Ambrose</a> before my 1996 trip to India and he told me to never let Sachin leave the first 15 balls," he explained.