Aussie cricketer Hughes bowled over by Tendulkar's humility

Updated: 29 September 2010 11:51 IST

Sachin Tendulkar's humility has bowled over Philip Hughes, who says it was a fantastic experience to get tips from the Indian icon over a cup of tea.

Chandigarh:

Sachin Tendulkar's humility has bowled over Australian batsman Philip Hughes, who says it was a fantastic experience to get tips from the Indian icon over a cup of coffee.

"When I was in Mumbai earlier, I had coffee with him and we spoke for about an hour. He asked me so many questions and I also put him many queries. He is a fantastic man and very humble," Hughes said.

"He told me that I should try to play my natural game. We also talked a lot about other things in general. I also asked him a lot of questions about his career," the 21-year-old left-hander from New South Wales said here during an interaction.

Set to fill in the shoes of prolific opener Matthew Hayden, Hughes said he is focussed on cementing his place in the side.

For Hughes, batting coach Justin Langer is his idol while he feels skipper Ricky Ponting is a "fantastic guy and a great leader".

The young Aussie is also excited about Indian food and likes Kashmiri and Punjabi food in particular.

"I love Rogan Josh, butter chicken and Naan," he said. Australia play their first Test of the two-match series against India at Mohali on Friday.

Topics : Cricket India Australia
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