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Posted on Nov 23, 05:10PM | UNI
Former Skipper Rahul Dravid has hailed Sachin Tendulkar's contribution to Indian cricket, saying he had inspired many youngsters across the country to take up the game.
"What Sachin has done is to inspire generations of players in the small towns and villages across the country.
That is the impact he has had on India and Indian society through television," said Dravid while launching the book 'Sachin - Born To Bat' by Khalid A H last evening.
The former skipper, who released the book edited by Clayton Murzello, said it had been a pleasure to play along side Tendulkar and sharing the dressing room with him.
"We might have scored 6900 runs together. People may not remember me, but will certainly remember Sachin,a" said Dravid, who has moved over from the playing field to sharing television commentary duties with another former India captain Sourav Ganguly.
Recalling the first time he had seen Tendulkar bat as a 13-year-old boy in Cuttack in a match between his team South Zone against West Zone, Dravid said the way Tendulkar batted was a revelation to him.
"I have with great pleasure seen Sachin from close quarters construct an innings. He has great talent and a great mind. Here is a man who is not only born to bat but born to play cricket," gushed Dravid about the Mumbai batsman.
The book has been published by Jaico Publishing House and has an introduction by Tendulkar.
"It has articles written on Tendulkar by Ganguly, former Australia captain Ian Chappell and late journalist Peter Roebuck," said a representative of the publishing house.