England Test captain Andrew Strauss believes Sachin Tendulkar is the best Test cricketer of all time.
Strauss said, “I think I would probably say it is Sachin Tendulkar, who has been the best Test cricketer of all time. For him to go on for so long and maintain his incredibly high standards is a great testament of the man and the desire of his outrageous talent as well.’
Looking ahead to the England-India series, which begins at Lord’s on Thursday 21 July, Strauss admitted he is excited about the challenge of taking on India, the world’s number one team.
“I think it will be special – any series against India is special anyway. It is going to be a challenge, because India is a very confident side. They have got every right to feel confident about their ability. On the other hand we are playing at home. It has all the makings of a classic series,” said Strauss.
The England captain also recalled the moment that first got him interested in Test match cricket and revealed what he believes is the greatest match of all time.
“The moment that ignited my interest in Test cricket was England winning the 1986-87 Ashes Test series under Mike Gatting,” said Strauss.
“The Test match that springs out for me as the best is the Edgbaston match in the 2005 Ashes series, which we won by two runs.”
ICC Cricket Committee chairman and former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd also shares his thoughts on why Test cricket is the ultimate challenge for international players.
“Twenty20 is an exhibition, but Test cricket is an examination in all aspects of your game. When any player retires from the game, he wants to be known as a Test player, as someone who has battled his way through,” says Lloyd.
Australia all-rounder Shane Watson, Sri Lanka wicket-keeper Kumar Sangakkara, former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd and Indian legend Sourav Ganguly join ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat on this week’s show which is a special celebration of the 2000th Test match.