Salaam Sachin conclave: Brian Lara rates Sachin Tendulkar's 241 against Australia as 'out of the world'

Brian Lara said he doesn’t know why Sachin Tendulkar (above) did not enjoy much success as a leader © Getty Images

By Nishad Pai Vaidya

Nov 12, 2013

West Indies cricket legend Brian Lara says Sachin Tendulkar’s innings of 241 against Australia at Sydney during tour of 2003-04 was something ‘out of the world’. Lara was speaking at India Today’s ‘Salaam Sachin’ conclave on Tuesday.

Brian recalled the times he spent with Tendulkar at the crease and also rated his favourite innings of Tendulkar — 241 not out against Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).  

Lara said, “Sachin had so much discipline during that innings and went to get 241 not out. That was something out of the world. The greatest player was curbing himself for the cause of his team.”

Lara said Sachin is a true leader to play for 24 years. Tendulkar has inspired the generation of players, Lara says and that nobody has bad things to say about him.

Talking about Tendulkar’s captaincy, Lara said he doesn’t know why the former did not enjoy much success as a leader.

“Sometimes the best player in the team being captain doesn’t work. There can be a chance of envy or anything. I don’t know why he failed. But, in my team it was difficult to gel and after a loss a lot of fingers would point in your direction,” he said.

Lara said there is absolutely no comparison with Tendulkar, as the two enjoy different type of fan following and space.

“No comparison. Brian Lara and Sachin Tendulkar. They know me in Trinidad. The toughest moment was taking or picking my daughter in school. My daughter would sit in the car crying as I would sign autographs. When the Indians come to Trinidad, they know where to find me. But, to have 1.3 billion people follow is something I can’t imagine,” says Lara when asked about their following.

When Gavaskar asked whether Lara has any political ambitions, he said, “None at all. Politics is not for me.”

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