Kolkata:Former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Saturday said Sachin Tendulkar is the best cricketer in the world.
Having played together for years till he retired from international cricket, Ganguly said: "I haven't seen Sir Donald Bradman playing, but I have seen Sachin. To me, he himself is a milestone, and the best cricketer in the world."
The Bengal ace said Tendulkar, who has been bestowed with the the ICC Cricketer of the Year, is the role model for many.
"He is 37 now and is still going strong. He has proved that performance is the last word in cricket," Ganguly said.
The Big Three of Indian cricket - Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman - are difficult to replace.
"After they retire, the gap can be filled in. But it would be difficult to replace them. These players are a class apart," he said.
He also praised India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
"Dhoni is undoubtedly a very good captain. He has helped Indian cricket grow. But at the same time, we should not forget that there are players like Sachin and Rahul in the team, who are match-winners. Cricket is a team game," Ganguly said.