, who has announced his retirement next month, was widely regarded by his cricketing peers as the greatest batsman since the Australian legend Donald Bradman.
Here is a selection of quotes on the man dubbed the "Little Master": Donald Bradman:
"I saw him (Sachin) playing on television and was struck by his technique, so I asked my wife to come look at him. Now I never saw myself play, but I feel that this player is playing much the same as I used to play, and she looked at him on television and said yes, there is a similarity between the two... his compactness, technique, stroke production... it all seemed to gel." Australian spin legend Shane Warne
: "Sachin Tendulkar is, in my time, the best player without a doubt -- daylight second, Brian Lara third." West Indies great Viv Richards
: "He has been a genius when it comes to ability, a Trojan when it comes to work ethic and manic when it comes to his focus." Former teammate Rahul Dravid
: "What he has done is set a benchmark for future generations which, probably, would be almost impossible for anyone to emulate." West Indies contemporary Brian Lara
: "Sachin is a genius. I'm a mere mortal." Anil Kumble
, who holds the record for most Test wickets for India: "I am fortunate that I've to bowl at him only in the nets." Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni
: "His schoolboy-like enthusiasm for the game is something I envy and admire. For the team he is the best available coaching manual."
England coach and former Zimbabwe batsman Andy Flower:
"There are two kind of batsmen in the world. One, Sachin Tendulkar. Two, all the others."
Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan:
"I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing us to breathe the same air as you do."