"For me, he's the greatest batsman after Don Bradman. While I hold Brian Lara in high regard because of his match-winning ability, I don't think any batsman can achieve more out of the game than Sachin has," Ponting wrote in his forward for a book titled 'Tendulkar in Wisden: An anthology'.
     
"The word great is often bandied about, but great is something that's achieved over a long period of time. Sachin played 200 Tests and 463 ODIs (and one Twenty20 International), scored 34,357 runs and 100 international hundreds that is great,” he added.
     
"Younger players may reach No.1 over a period of 12 or 18 months that's not great. That's having a good year. If you can do it as long as Sachin did, only then you be considered great," he further stated. Ponting chose five words to describe the iconic cricketer 'competitive, passionate, driven, composed, complete'.

"Sachin is the greatest batsman I ever played with or against, because he made batting look so simple. His technique was always rock solid, but he still managed to take the game away from you really quickly. He was the most rounded batsman I have known," he wrote. Tendulkar's hunger to achieve his dreams is what has impressed Ponting the most.

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