New Delhi: India Inc on Tuesday lauded Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee for steering the economy with ease in difficult times and described him as industry’s Sachin Tendulkar.

"Just as India is looking at Sachin Tendulkar to bring smiles to our faces at the end of this World Cup cricket, business is looking at you to steer the Indian economy through the rough patches," Ficci President Rajan Bharti Mittal said at the 83rd Annual General Meeting of the chamber.

Comparing Mukherjee with cricket legend Tendulkar, the Ficci chief said, the Minister is "carefully picking the opportunities that match out strengths and negotiating the challenges with the ease of a seasoned player".

"As Tendulkar has succeeded in all phases of evolution of (Mukherjee) have engaged in the dramatic evolution (of the economy) in all its multifarious phases. We look forward to continued success under your wise leadership," he added.

Mukherjee has been credited for successfully steering the Indian economy through the global financial crisis, faster than anticipated.